If you are having difficulty getting up the stairs, a stair lift is practical alternative that allows you to keep your independence. While getting a stair lift is by no means an easy decision to make, it is often more agreeable than relocating to one-storey home.
As stairlifts are purchased by 1000s of individuals in the UK every year, there are a number of companies that manufacture them. Popular UK stairlift companies include: Acorn, Stannah and Brooks.
Choosing a stairlift
One of the first factors that you will need to think about is what shape your stairs are as different types of stairs require a specific type of track.
As well as thinking about what kind of track you will need for your stair lift, you will also need to think about what kind of chair you will need. Many people find stairlifts with swivel seats easier to use as it makes it safer for them to get on and off the lift.
In addition, if you are sharing the staircase with people who do not use the stairlift to ascend the stairs, you will need to make sure that the chair does not obstruct the stairs. The best way to do this is to select a chair which features a folding design as this allows you to easily fold away parts of the chair when it is not in use.
One of the most important aspects that you will need to take into account is your physical problems. You can tailor the stairlift to suit your requirements from the size of the seat needed to the style of the controls.
Before you purchase a stairlift, it is vital that you try out the different types of stairlift available; many specialist shops have models that you can text out for comfort and ease of use.
In summary, when choosing a stairlift you will need to take into account the following:
- The shape of your stairs
- The style of the chair
- Your physical problems