When getting up and down the stairs in your home becomes difficult, there are a few things you can consider to help you maintain your independence. Stairlifts are a safe and affordable solution for overcoming the obstacle of the stairs, but with so many types and models out there, your next problem is answering the question ‘how do I choose a stairlift?’.
How Do I Choose a Stairlift?
To make choosing a stairlift easier, we’ve put together some ideas to get you started in choosing the right stairlift for you. We’ve taken a few different factors into consideration so you can make sure you’ve covered all bases before making up your mind.
Ask the Experts
If you’ve been discharged from hospital recently, you may have been referred to the Occupational Therapy team. Occupational therapists advise around the best modifications to your home so you can live there as independently, and as safely, as possible. If you have access to one, speak to your occupational therapist for their professional opinion on having a stairlift installed.
Alternatively, at Halton Stairlifts, our team of stairlift engineers has years of experience working in homes and commercial settings across the UK. We always aim to provide impartial honest advice and will never recommend a stairlift if it’s not suitable for your home for the sake of a sale. If you’re looking for help with choosing a stairlift, arrange a free no obligation home assessment with one of our expert team. We can advise on the best stairlift features to look out for and can measure up your home, and you, for the best possible recommendation.
Shape and Style of Staircase
Knowing the shape and style of your staircase will help to guide you in choosing the right stairlift. Our handy guide will show you how to measure your staircase so you can get an idea of the stairlifts that are available to you.
If you have a staircase that goes straight up to your landing without any turns or half-landings, you need a straight stairlift. A straight rail stairlift is fitted to your stairs rather than your walls, and they tend to be a cheaper stairlift option.
If your staircase features a turn, curve, or a half landing, you need a curved stairlift. A curved stairlift allows you to travel safely around bends without interrupting your journey upstairs.
If you’re having difficulty accessing your garden or outside your home because of an external staircase, you need an outdoor stairlift. Outdoor stairlifts are hard wearing and weather resistant, making them a fantastic option for getting out and about.
Features of a Stairlift
Next, you’ll want to consider the features that will decide which are the best stairlifts to suit your needs.
Swivel Seat Stairlift
If your mobility is significantly reduced, a swivel seat stairlift will help you transfer to and from your stairlift more easily.
Slimline stairlifts are ideal for narrow hallways and staircases. Foldable and more discreet than other models, they reduce tripping hazards and free up extra room at the bottom and top of your stairs.
Hinged Rail Stairlifts
If your staircase finishes close to a doorway or within a room, you may need a hinged rail stairlift. A hinged rail can be folded so you can maintain stability but reduce the risk of tripping.
Remote Control Stairlifts
Remote controls are a great way to operate your stairlift with ease. If you have arthritis or upper limb weakness, ask your stairlift company about accessible remotes.
Having a clear idea of how much you can afford to spend and what you can get for your money will also influence your decision making. Luckily, there are several options available to suit a range of budgets, so you can get the best value stairlift deal to suit your individual situation.
New stairlifts feature the latest technology and are likely to come with the highest price tag. It’s worth enquiring about any finance options available with your stairlift company so you can stretch your budget a little further. 0% finance deals allow you to spread affordable payments over several months without paying any interest, so you can benefit from modern features within your budget.
Reconditioned stairlifts are typically older models that have had a previous owner. These pre-loved models are fully cleaned and serviced to prepare them for resale at a lower cost compared to brand new models. Running smoothly, they can be a cheaper option for those on a tighter budget.
Hire a stairlift
Renting a stairlift can be a low-cost option. Stairlift rental helps you to keep costs to a minimum, by only paying for the time that you use it. Hiring a stairlift can help you to speed up discharge from hospital, or serves as a short term solution for a temporary situation.
Now you should have a good idea of how to choose a stairlift, visit our website to shop our selection of stairlifts. Or book a visit to our Speke showroom to take a few models for a test drive. Call us today, and arrange for one of our engineers to visit you in the comfort of your own home to carry out a full survey of your staircase to advise you on the options available to you.