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For many people, whether due to age or illness, it can become difficult to climb the stairs. While this may start off as an inconvenience, eventually it may get to the point where someone needs help. Even the thought of attempting to get up and down the stairs may cause someone to simply remain in their bed. In certain circumstances, a person may not be able to use the stairs at all. If this is the case, you may feel that you have to leave your home and move to a bungalow or ground floor apartment, but it really isn't necessary. With a stair lift, you will still have your independence, allowing you to move up and downstairs freely. This can offer great peace of mind for someone who is starting to worry about their loss of mobility, leaving them with one less thing to be concerned about. The first stair lift was invented in the 1920s by C.C. Crispen, as a way to help a friend go from floor to floor, but the stairlifts of today are so advanced that they bear no resemblance to the original!

Modern stairlifts have a slim-line design, featuring a folding seat, armrests and footrests, taking up a minimal amount of space when not in use. This is particularly helpful when other people need to use the staircase.

In addition, the seat has a “swivel” motion, enabling you to get in and out of the stairlift easily, turning and locking it into either a 45º or 90º position, They are operated by an easy to use handset, which is as simple as pushing a button in the direction that you wish to travel. They also have a remote control, that can be used to “summon” the lift up or down the stairs. If two people use the stairlift, a remote control is essential, so that it can be sent back down again when needed.

As a safety measure, stairlifts are equipped with a safety harness, or “seat belt”, so you will always feel entirely secure. You will never have to worry about getting stranded upstairs or downstairs if you have a power cut, as the stair lift runs off a built in battery.

Another safety feature is a number of sensors which cause the stairlift to come to a complete halt if anything is impeding its path. Certain stairlifts offer the option of being able to either sit, stand or perch. Occasionally, someone may not be able to sit down when using the stairlift, so it can be altered accordingly. This is also extremely useful if it is used by two or more people who have different needs. Stair lifts are available in a variety of different sizes and shapes, ranging from a single flight staircase to one on multiple levels. They are even available to fit a curved or even spiral staircase.

There are a number of things to take into account when choosing a stair lift: can you easily get out of a chair that is normal height? Can you life your feet sufficiently to step up to a chair? Are you right or left handed? It is important to thoroughly research the different types of stairlift available, and always shop at a reputable dealer. With the perfect stair lift, you will finally feel independent once again with your newfound mobility.

Information on Stairlifts

Dr Hilary Jones gives a brief outline on choosing a stairlift and guides you through the key points to look out for when purchasing a lift. The features and benefits are also discussed.

Stairlift Information Video

Straight stairlift Cardiff

Straight Stairlifts

Prices from £1,595.00

For the majority of customers a straight stairlift is all that is required. Even if there is a fan at the top of the stairs this can be overcome using a bridging platform. Sometimes we can even fit two stair lifts on the same staircase to avoid the cost of a curved stairlift. Hinged rails are available for the bottom of the stairs if the rail obstructs a doorway. There is also the option of a powered swivel for those who may having difficult swivelling the seat when they reach the top of the stairs.

Curved Stairlift Swansea

Curved Stairlifts

Prices from £2,900.00

Where it is not possible to fit a straight stairlift due to a small landing in the middle of the stairway or because of bends and turns in the stairs, a curved stairlift is the only alternative. Some of the latest modern designs have a single rail that is slim and unobtrusive. They also come with a hinged rail, if the rail obstructs a doorway and a wrap around option, as show in this picture, to make access much easier and safer.

Reconditioned curved stairlifts can be a cost effective solution to reduce the cost of curved stairlift.

Outdoor Stairlift Bristol

Outdoor Stairlifts

Prices from £2,295.00

Believe it not you can get a fully weatherproof outdoor stairlift to get between different levels in your garden or maybe up the steps leading to you front door. They operate in the same way as an indoor stairlift and are totally safe as they operate at low voltage. Don’t let a mobility problem stop you enjoying your garden or getting access to your home.

Gent with a Used Stairlift South Wales

Reconditioned Stairlifts & Rentals

Used from £995.00

All reconditioned stairlifts are fully serviced before installation and come with a 12 month warranty to give you complete piece of mind. They are a cost effect solution to purchasing a stairlifts.

We also do rental options on straight stair lifts. The minimum term is three months and the price includes all service costs, installation and removal. This is an ideal solution for short term use while recovering from a fall or operation.

Rental from £45.00

Do I really need a stairlift?

If you are unsure whether to invest in a stair lift, we can understand why this could be a difficult decision for you to make, so hopefully this information will help you decide whether you should commit to purchasing a stairlift. Some simple questions should help you streamline the reasons to why you may need a stairlift and thoughts on the risks and benefits could help you value the acquisition of a lift.

Ask yourself or the person who would use the stairlift the following questions:

Does it take a long time to go up and down the stairs?

Is it causing you pain to use the stairs?

Do you feel unsteady or nervous when climbing up and down stairs?

Are you finding it a strain on your emotional health by avoiding the stairs?

Do you tend to avoid going up the stairs even though you would prefer to use the upstairs rooms?

Have you fallen or slipped on the stairs in the last few years?

Do you ever feel light headed or short of breath when you are going up and down the stairs?

Have you considered moving as you find the stairs more difficult?

If you answer “yes” to any of these questions, you should consider a stair lift. This is because the fact is that stairlifts help prevent accidents and will improve quality of life. The result of falling down the stairs can be catastrophic. Injuries can include broken bones, heavy bruising and in the worst cases injuries can be fatal. The emotional benefits of having the confidence to go up and down the stairs in your home freely can be worth their weight in gold.

Many older people now rely on commodes for instance to avoid having to go upstairs for the bathroom, using a commode can be very soul destroying and embarrassing. People undoubtedly want to retain their dignity and giving them the simple independence of going up and down the stairs can help with this.

The risks involved in not having a stairlift can be great. What about the risks in having one? Well we can’t think of any risks and we believe you have only the cost of purchasing to consider. At PC Mobility Stairlifts our clients have always seen the benefits of a stairlift out way the cost. Moving house can be very upsetting and expensive. With legal costs and the cost of bungalows being higher than similar size houses, because of the extra land required, the cost of moving could amount to thousands of pounds. In comparison a stairlift works out very cost effective!

Please do not hesitate to call us today to discuss what you need from a stairlift; we have many options including new, reconditioned, rental, curved and straight. We're open 7 days a week from 8.00 am to 8.00 pm please call free on 0800 977 4686.

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