Ever heard of the phrase decision fatigue? It’s the idea that when a person has made a lot of decisions, their ability to make any more becomes difficult or worse. When choosing a stairlift for the first time, it might seem like there are lots of things to consider such as size, model, colour, safety features, pricing, and more. And the truth is that without the right guidance or judgment, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. You may be thinking things like ‘will a stairlift fit in my home?’ ‘can I afford a stairlift?’ or even ‘how can I be sure I’ve chosen the right stairlift?’
Here at Halton Stairlifts, we understand the significant impact a stairlift can have on your lifestyle and mobility. When it comes to choosing the right stairlift, knowing all your options from the off can be a big help. We’ve put together a list of our top tips to help you choose a stairlift without feeling overwhelmed.
Do your research
You’ll want to ensure you’re getting the best quality and the best price. Research local stairlift companies online, and always ensure that they are legitimate and certified. Once you’ve narrowed it down to a few stairlift companies you most like the sound of, most providers will suggest a home assessment to gauge whether your home is suitable. Halton Stairlifts offer a free no-obligation assessment, and during this is the best time to ask as many questions as you need. Before you reach that stage, there are things you can do yourself to help speed up the process.
Talk to someone who already has a stairlift
Everyone’s needs are different, but speaking to someone who has first-hand experience of using or owning a stairlift can give you reassurance. Speak to neighbours, friends, and family members who can give you impartial advice. If there’s still a question on your mind that hasn’t yet been answered, visit Halton Stairlift’s helpful FAQ section.
Seek medical advice
If you’re unsure whether a stairlift is safe or suitable for you or a loved one, then you’ll need to seek professional advice first and foremost. In some circumstances, a stairlift can be funded or provided by your local council or housing association. You’ll need to contact them for an assessment, and this is usually carried out by an occupational therapist. The therapist will make recommendations about whether any adaptations to you home will best meet your needs (such as stairlifts and handrails.) It’s also the OT’s job to ask about your mobility status. This includes medical conditions that may affect you or your mobility in the future. Their advice will ensure you’re well informed about your health needs and your budget, which in turn can help you understand whether or not a stairlift is the best choice for you.
Ask the stairlift experts
Once you’ve decided a stairlift is for you, the next step is to make sure the most crucial and important factors are taken into consideration straight away – such as specific modifications and safety features. As experts in the industry, the team at Halton Stairlifts have provided bespoke stairlifts to all kinds of different homes across the UK – so there’s likely no question you can ask us that we haven’t been asked before! We have stylish and comfortable stairlifts to suit both straight and curved staircases, and the team are on hand to provide a completely unbiased recommendation to suit your home and budget.
Still need advice on which stairlift is right for you and your home? Call our friendly Halton Stairlift team on 0800 644 7766 to chat about your needs and arrange a free home assessment. Alternatively, you can get in touch to find out more about Halton’s full range of installation options.