Buying a stairlift can be an expensive experience. With the average cost of a new stairlift ranging between £1, 500 and £4,500, many people ask ‘can I get a grant for a stairlift?’. If you’re looking for help with stairlift costs, here we look at how you can get some extra assistance with financing a stairlift by applying for a disability grant.
It will also help to know how much does a stairlift cost? so that you can plan your budget accordingly.
Can I Get a Grant for a Stairlift?
You can usually apply for assistance with getting a stairlift through your local council or housing association. Depending on where you live, this financial help will come in the form of a Disabled Facilities Grant (or a scheme of assistance in Scotland).
A Disabled Facilities Grant is designed to help disabled individuals who need to make changes to their home. Applicants must meet the following criteria:
“You or someone living in your property must be disabled. Either you or the person you’re applying for must:
- own the property or be a tenant
- intend to live in the property during the grant period (which is currently 5 years)
You can also apply for a grant if you’re a landlord and have a disabled tenant.
The council needs to be happy that the work is:
- necessary and appropriate to meet the disabled person’s needs
- reasonable and can be done – depending on the age and condition of the property”
Which? also have some more tips on accessing stairlifts from the council.
How Can I Get a Disability Grant?
Most people apply for disabled facilities grants through their local council. Means-tested, this grant can give you up to £30,000 in England, £36,000 in Wales, and £25,000 in Northern Ireland towards a new stairlift. You may find that although you’re eligible for the grant, you may not be awarded the full amount. You may also be expected to contribute towards the purchase of your stairlift.
Contact your local social services department to get started. The process usually begins with an Occupational Therapy assessment. An OT will visit your home and will make recommendations for the most suitable modifications and mobility aids to meet your needs. You will then need to get two quotes from reputable stairlift companies. There may be a long waiting time if you’re waiting for a stairlift from the local authority.
There are also a variety of alternative finance options to enable you to have a stairlift installed, including:
Some charitable organisations may be able to help you buy a stairlift. Providing their own grants, take a look at charities like The Edward Gostling Foundation, Independence At Home, Margaret’s Fund, the SSAFA and the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution to see if you meet the criteria for financial support
Hire a stairlift
Stairlift rental can be a cost-effective option in the short term. Hiring a stairlift allows you to pay in monthly instalments for as long as you need it, without the need for a large lump sum upfront. If you have a long waiting time for a stairlift from your council or housing association, a rented stairlift can be a great interim solution. Depending on availability and location, Halton Stairlifts can often fit a stairlift within 24 hours.
0% Finance on Stairlifts
Halton Stairlifts have 0% finance terms for our customers who want to spread their payments over an agreed term. With an interest-free option, you still pay the price you were quoted but in smaller more manageable chunks each month.
Buy a Reconditioned Stairlift
If you have a small budget but are worried it won’t stretch very far, reconditioned stairlifts could be worth considering. Refurbished used stairlifts are usually cheaper than brand new models, but still provide a great range of features and reliability. You might find you get more than you bargained for with a used stairlift.