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There will come a time for many of us when buying a stairlift is the sensible thing to do – but it is a big decision and it can be tempting to keep putting it off.

It can be hard to accept decreased strength and mobility, and many people will inevitably fear losing their independence. But a stairlift can help restore independence by reducing reliance on others and increasing access to the whole house.

Despite the many advantages of having a stairlift installed it can be hard to know when the time really has come to take action.

Many conditions that decrease mobility get worse gradually over the years – making it difficult to know for sure when to get extra help.

What conditions are stairlift useful for?

Stairlifts are useful for a large number of conditions, including arthritis and joint problems, respiratory conditions, neuropathy, muscular and degenerative conditions or impairments caused by brain injury or stroke.

What are the signs that it is time to consider a stairlift?

If you’re unsure whether you have reached the stage where a stairlift would help there are a number of pointers suggesting this could be the case.

You’re worried about climbing the stairs

If you’re starting to dread going up and down stairs then it really is time to grasp the nettle and do something about it. The fear of having to tackle stairs can prey on the minds of people who struggle with mobility and it can lead to them restricting their access to parts of their home. If the stairs have become a frightening prospect that really is a good sign that it’s time to take action.

Family members are worried about you falling on the stairs

This is another good pointer. Our families normally have our best interests at heart and can sometimes see things that we haven’t yet realised or accepted.

 

You need help climbing the stairs

It can be very frustrating for people who are used to having their independence to have to rely on others to get up and down stairs. And it can be inconvenient for people who live on their own to have to wait for friends or family to come round to help them. It can also put a physical strain on the person giving the help if it is not done properly.

You have changed the way you climb the stairs

You may have changed the way you climb the stairs – perhaps climbing sideways, one step at a time. But this could be causing more problems for you and it could be a sign that you need a stairlift.

More serious problems

Sometimes the warning signs can be more dramatic. Having a fall on the stairs or suffering from frequent dizzy or fainting spells can be a clear sign that action needs to be taken. Having a stairlift installed is a good way of preventing further accidents whilst giving people the confidence to be able to move around their own homes.

Ask an expert

An occupational therapist can give an assessment of whether a stairlift would be suitable for you, and they can help you decide when it is the right time to get one.  Appointments can be made through the NHS link – https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/social-care-and-support-guide/care-services-equipment-and-care-homes/home-adaptations/ -or privately via the Royal College of Occupational Therapists. Visit https://www.rcot.co.uk/ for information.

If you think the time is right for a stairlift, get in touch with our friendly team of experts at Halton Stairlifts for help and advice. Call 0800 644 7766 to find out more about our full range of curved and straight stairlifts, or to arrange your free home assessment.