Should I Buy or Rent a Stairlift?

As we grow older, our health becomes more fragile. While there are many things that we can do to look after our precious health, the ageing process is something that cannot be stopped. When they reach a certain age, many people struggle to move around as freely as they used to, so mobility problems are a common issue amongst the elderly. Fortunately, there are plenty of different options available to ensure that people can continue to live happily and independently in their own home.

One of these options is a stairlift. Stairlifts are extremely useful machines that can greatly improve the quality of life for those struggling with limited mobility. A person who can live independently, but has difficulty going up and down the stairs, could hugely benefit from a stairlift.

If you are considering getting a stairlift fitted in your home, you may be wondering whether you should rent or buy one. Both have their advantages and are suitable for different situations. Read on to find out which option may be best for you.

Renting vs. Buying

One question asked by many is, ‘is it possible to rent a stairlift?’. The short and simple answer to this is: yes! In some circumstances, hiring a stairlift may be the better option, rather than permanently buying one for the home. If you or a loved one only require a stairlift for a short amount of time, renting a stairlift can be far more economical.

Perhaps you have a relative, who requires a stairlift, staying at your home for a only short amount of time, or you are on a tight budget that simply won’t stretch to a brand new stairlift installation. Stairlift hire may be a suitable option if a disabled person is staying at your home for a limited amount of time or for end-of-life care. Renting a stairlift can be beneficial for people who have been injured in an accident that has temporarily reduced their mobility; if they come home to complete their recovery, they may still find it difficult to move freely around their home. In this case, it may be best to rent a stairlift rather than buy one as they are an ideal short-term solution.

Renting a stairlift can provide flexibility and peace of mind. If you are unsure whether a stairlift is right for you, renting one allows you to try it out in your own home before making the investment. Instead of committing yourself financially, you are able to test a certain model and work out whether it meets your needs for just a fraction of the price. For those on a smaller budget, stairlift hire is an affordable solution to mobility problems.

Others that may choose to rent a stairlift instead of buying one are business owners that need to temporarily provide access for a customer or visitor that has mobility issues (or even an employee who is recovering from an injury or accident). Rental stairlifts are an extremely convenient temporary solution, ensuring that all customers and visitors are catered to and are free to move around the building. If there is no lift in the building, hiring a stairlift is a brilliant solution.

In comparison, buying a stairlift is a permanent solution for those who suffer from mobility issues. While buying a stairlift outright might seem like a significant investment, it can truly change the lives of those who permanently require assistance getting up and down the stairs. Permanent stairlifts are an ideal solution for elderly people who find it difficult to move freely around their own homes.

If you need to buy a permanent stairlift for your home but are worried about how to pay for it, there are a few helpful options that you can explore to help you foot the bill. The Disabled Facilities Grant, for example, is a government-funded grant awarded to eligible disabled people who need to make changes to their home. This includes fitting stairlifts and ramps and installing appropriate heating systems. Available in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, the amount of money awarded is means tested. The amount also depends on your household income and savings over £6,000. In order to explore this option, contact your local council for an application form.


Other options to explore include The ACT Foundation and the Independence at Home charity for further financial aid regarding fitting stairlifts in the home.

Benefits of a stairlift in the home



One of the most important benefits of installing a stairlift in the home is the increased safety that it provides. Fitting a stairlift ensures that you or your loved one can easily and safely move up and down the stairs in your home without the fear of slipping or falling. Going up and down the stairs can be challenging for elderly people or those who suffer from mobility issues; in fact, some people find going up and down the stairs so daunting that they rarely see the upper floors of their home. Fitting a stairlift eliminates safety issues on the stairs and ensures that all parts of the home can be enjoyed by everyone.



Following on from above, fitting a stairlift in the home helps people to maintain a sense of independence, giving them the freedom to move easily around their home. Being unable to comfortably use the stairs can be an unpleasant feeling for many and make them feel as though they are restricted in their own home. Constantly having to ask for help or assistance to move between floors may take away people’s sense of independence and make them feel like a burden. Fitting a stairlift can eliminate this issue entirely.


Ease of use

Stairlifts are extremely easy to use and operate. Sometimes, people may be reluctant to fit a stairlift in their home because they do not want to feel dependent on a mobility aid. As discussed above, a stairlift does exactly the opposite of this, helping to maintain a sense of independence in the home. Many stairlifts come with remote-control handsets; others have easy-to-use control toggles on the arm – either way, they are simple, straightforward and effortless to use. Stairlifts are designed to charge while they are parked so that it is always ready to use as soon as you need it. You will never find yourself stranded halfway up the stairs or unable to use the stairlift.

A Mobility Shop Stair Lift Installation: Curved Stairlifts, Stannah Stairlifts and more


At A Mobility Shop, we pride ourselves on being one of the best mobility equipment suppliers in Liverpool. We understand the importance of being able to move around your own home freely and easily which is why we carry a wide range of personal care aids and mobility aids, designed to make life easier for those who have mobility issues.


If you need a stairlift fitted in your home, look no further than A Mobility Shop. We offer both new and reconditioned stairlifts, as well as rental options for those who need a temporary mobility solution. With over 30 years of experience, we are able to meet both your short-term and long-term requirements. Our extensive collection includes straight stairlifts and curved stairlifts, suitable for any property and staircase.


We believe in empowering people to live independently, happily and healthily. Our high quality stairlifts are specifically designed to ensure that every part of your home is accessible and that you can remain comfortable and mobile in your property. Our stairlifts are all built to stand the test of time – and don’t worry, the simple design ensures that it will not detract from the existing aesthetic of your home.


Whether you are looking to rent or buy a new or reconditioned stairlift, you can rely on the friendly team at A Mobility Shop to help. Call a member of our team today to discuss your requirements, or visit our website to learn more about our wide range of mobility and personal care aids.

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Need that extra assistance?

In need of a Recliner?

Are you or a loved one struggling to get out of your favorite chair at home? how about when you are wanting to relax but are finding it difficult to after undergoing surgery? If you are finding yourself saying yes to any of those questions, you may have considered a reclining chair or an orthopedic high chair for ease and comfort.

Here at A Mobility Shop NW Ltd, we stock a range of reclining chairs and high chairs from a selection of leading and trusted brands. We can serve you throughout the North West – this includes, Southport, Wirral, Wigan, St Helens and Warrington.

You can find a range of:

  • High back chairs
  • Hospital chairs
  • Orthopaedic high chairs
  • Electric chairs
  • Riser chairs and riser recliners
  • Brands include: Pride, Royams, One Rehab, Drive Medical and many more!

Why not take a look at our selection of recliners and high chairs on our website, or call in to speak to an advisor for all your mobility needs!

You can find us at: 143-145 Thomas Lane, Broadgreen, Liverpool L14 5NT

Alternatively, you can call us on 0151 220 7080 or leave a message and we will be sure to get back to you!

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Are you or a loved one struggling to live independently?

You may be researching online for a solution to overcome your loved ones struggle to live mobile in their own home. Has your relative or neighbour recently undergone surgery? or an impairment is leaving them to feel trapped in their own home?

If you’ve answered yes, a stairlift may just be what you’re looking for!

Here at A Mobility Shop NW (Ltd) we understand the many different factors that can prevent an individual from accessing the upper levels of their home, and understand customers various stair lift needs. We offer a range of new and reconditioned stairlifts from leading brands, such as Stannah, Brooks, Acorn and more.

If you’re worried about fitting a stairlift into a home – fret not! we always fit stair lifts with our customer in mind, and offer a customised service to ensure the perfect installation regardless of the size of a hallway, width of a stairway or shape of a banister!

If you’re unsure about the cost of a stairlift, we offer a stairlift rental service for a loved one to try before they buy!

Check out some of the perks of choosing us for your Stairlift needs:

  • Local independent mobility and stairlift experts for over 30 years
  • New and re-manufactured quality stairlifts at low prices
  • Sales, hire and repairs of all stairlift brands
  • Experienced technicians
  • Same day repairs
  • Stairlifts from £450 including Installation
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The Advantages of Installing Stair Lifts

The Advantages of Installing Stair Lifts

If you have any restrictions on your mobility, stairs can create a huge problem. It may be something you took for granted previously, but when you find it hard to go up or down staircases by yourself, it can have a huge impact on how you feel about your home. Not being able to use the stairs means you may not have as much access to certain rooms as you used to, and may make it difficult to use the bathroom or grab something from your bedroom. So, in order to ensure that you don’t feel like you are imprisoned in certain rooms of your home, installing a stair lift can restore your access and make you feel at home again. A Mobility Shop, mobility equipment supplier for Liverpool and the North West, looks at the benefits of stair lifts in the home.


Safety is a concern for those with mobility issues and the stair well presents not only a challenge, but the dangers of a mis-step that can send one toppling down the staircase! With a stair lift, they simply need to sit into the seat and glide up the stair mechanically. There is also a safety buckle for extra security during the mechanical movement. Most stair lifts also have built in safety features that prevent operation if the seat, or footrest, aren’t in the correct positions. They will also detect any obstacles on the stairs. A lock switch is in place so that you can prevent others from using the chair, such as any excitable children that may be around!

Sense of freedom

Old age or disability can have a profound affect on how a person feels in their own home, and they might feel like their independence has been hampered. Sometimes the suggestion is made to relocate to a new home, which may unsettle one further, and comes with added stress and expensive. Installing a stair lift means that you can forego this extra stress and re-discover your freedom in your own home.

Easy to use

Modern stair lifts are very easy to use and usually come with a control toggle on the armrest. Others come with a remote-control handset so that the stair lift can be called to the top or bottom of the stairs as you need it. The stair lift also begins charging when it is parked, so it will be ready to use when you need it. Stair lifts come equipped with a back-up battery in case of power loss to your home, so you don’t get stuck half way down the stairs when the lights go out unexpectedly.

There’s no doubt that installing a stair lift can dramatically improve the quality of life for those with mobility issues.

Top Mobility Aids Providers in Liverpool

Whether you’re looking for a permanent fixture or stair lift rental for a visiting relative, A Mobility Shop can help you out. Enquire within our shop at 141 – 145 Thomas Lane, Broadgreen,  Liverpool, L14 5NT or give us a call on 0151 220 7080 and we’d be happy to give you advice on stair lifts and mobility aids.

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How Modern Mobility Aids Can Improve Your Life

How Modern Mobility Aids Can Improve Your Life

The ability to move independently with little or no assistance is what modern mobility aids are designed to provide. Mobility is important to our quality of life. For the elderly and people with injuries or disability, mobility aids can bring back the freedom they seek and allow them to live a normal life.

Today, there are different types of mobility aids to cater to any kind of issue with mobility. From enjoying the simple pleasures of life to performing the essential everyday tasks with ease, there are many ways they can help. Here we shall look at some modern mobility devices that are designed to contribute to an improved standard of living.

1] Stair Lifts

Stair lifts are a great solution for the elderly, individuals with limited mobility and those who are unable to navigate staircases safely. This is remarkable because wheelchairs cannot move up staircases and homes don’t have an inclined plane indoors. With stair lifts, the elderly can regain access easily to rooms on the upper floor and get downstairs for tea in the morning with no problem.

A stair lift consists of a rail mounted on the treads of the staircase with a chair that glides along the rail. They are of two types – straight rail and curved rail. As the name suggests, the former is a straight track while the curved rail is custom-made to follow the shape of the individual staircase.

2] Mobility Scooters

These serve the same purpose as that of a powered wheelchair but are configured like scooters, which makes them a favourite. Mobility scooters can have 3, 4 or even 5 wheels, and have a seat placed over the wheels. The scooters operate on battery and can be charged from standard electric power.

The amazing thing about mobility scooters is that there is one for every need – on one hand you have small, lightweight models that can easily fit in your car, while on the other hand, you have larger, heavier models that are best suited for travel on rough terrain. There are models with maximum speed of 4, 6 or 8 mph and the slow ones are ideal for moving around in stores or shopping malls.

3] Reclining and High Chairs

Recline and rise chairs are meant for people who find it difficult to get in and out of chairs, and they are motorised to assist the user to a standing position. Some chairs have dual motors to allow for adjustment of the positions of the leg rest and the backrest separately, so that the user can figure out the position he/she is most comfortable in. High chairs are orthopaedic chairs that have an ergonomically designed high backrest for maximum back support.

A Great Range of Mobility Aids For Sale and Hire

If you or someone you love has limited mobility, you’ll be amazed at the wide range of mobility devices available today. At A Mobility Shop, we carry a fantastic range of mobility aids and personal care aids, all of which are specifically designed to make life easier. We also provide stair lift rental and repairing. If you live in the North West, call the friendly team at your local mobility shop on 01512207080 or visit our shop in Liverpool.

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Remain Active with Mobility Aids in Liverpool

When your body begins to age, one of the most difficult things to come to terms with is the loss of independence that accompanies it. Although you may still feel thirty years old in your mind, your body begins to tell a different story. Whether you are having trouble with walking, or experiencing debilitating aches and pains, these are all unfortunate side effects of the ageing process that can prevent you from carrying out everyday tasks.

This often leaves you and your family with the difficult decision of whether you should enter into a care home or a shared living facility. Here at A Mobility Shop, we believe everyone should be given the opportunity to remain in the comfort of their own home, no matter their age. We provide innovative mobility solutions that will allow you to remain active and independent well into your golden years.

How Could Our Mobility Aids Help You?

We have a whole range of different mobility aids in Liverpool that can help you to complete essential daily tasks with ease. Our mobility aids can give you the helping hand you need to get from A to B without the need for help from a carer or family member. This not only significantly reduces the burden on those around you but also gives you the independence you need to remain young at heart.

Through the use of our mobility aids, your quality of life can be improved significantly, as you will no longer have to feel helpless in the face of simple tasks such as going shopping or climbing the stairs. We can provide practical tailored solutions to give you the support you need to live life to the full.

What We Can Offer You

At A Mobility Shop, we will approach your mobility concerns from every angle to find the right solution for you. We have a wide range of products available to rent or buy, which can help with anything from support whilst walking to making your home accessible. Some of our lifechanging products include the following:

·        Stair Lifts – We offer a range of affordable stairlifts that can be tailored to fit both straight and curved staircases. We also provide stair lift rental and installation, so that you can navigate your home with ease. Rather than moving to a care facility or bungalow, a stair lift can give you what you need to remain in the home you know and love.

·        Mobility Scooters – For those who want to get out and about, we have a range of mobility scooters at great prices. These provide unparalleled freedom to explore the outdoors for those who have difficulty walking.


·        Mobility Aids – We offer a variety of mobility aids that can help you to complete a whole range of daily tasks with comfort and ease. These include bathroom aids, walkers, reachers and so much more.

Change Your Life Today

If you want to find out how our mobility aids could change your life today, please come and enquire within at A Mobility Shop, 143-145 Thomas Lane, Broadgreen, Liverpool, L14 5NT, or call us on  0151 220 7080

Our friendly team are here to advise you and will be happy to develop a tailored solution to suit your needs.

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Improving Quality of Life with Mobility Aids

Personal mobility, is something that most of us simply take for granted. Things like going to the shops, the bathroom, or just walking up and down the stairs, is something we just do, without any real amount of thought. For some however, things are not so easy and such activities can be extremely difficult and often require assistance. It is not just the aged who can have mobility issues. Many people are born with handicaps that make moving around difficult, while others who have had accidents, find themselves with temporary or permanent injuries, which make getting around the house a serious problem. We understand mobility constraints, and can offer expert guidance and advice, on the range of solutions available in the marketplace.

There are a wide range of mobility aids that can assist your situation, and we aim to bring you fantastic and affordable solutions. It is important that those who have mobility issues, discuss the extent of their problem, with people who fully understand the issues and various ailments that someone might suffer from. Our wealth of experience enables us to tailor make the right solutions to increase your ability to move around independently. You see, mobility is more than simply moving about. Mobility can affect the body in other ways too, which left unresolved, can complicate and worsen a situation. It is important to encourage physical activity, which not only helps keep muscles supple, but because inactivity has the potential to worsen wider health issues.

Getting to many bedrooms involves using the stairs, which can be very difficult for some people. We are experts in installation of stair lifts, which can greatly assist. For those whose disability is of a temporary nature, please feel free to ask us about our stair lift rental, an option that solves short term emergencies. We offer a comprehensive range of wheelchairs, and for the slightly longer journey, our mobility scooters, of which we offer an excellent selection, are proving very popular.

For some people, the use of mobility aids is not the full answer to the problems that can be faced. Going to the bathroom, if the layout is wrong, can cause huge challenges, making something simple, become a real test of strength and endurance. We offer a full bathroom design service, with a range of fixtures and fittings, to help you keep your independence and dignity.

We positively encourage you to come and discuss your restrictions, requirements and of course, budgetary constraints. We make it our mission to help you find a quality, affordable solution, to improve your standard of life. We are ready to help you, if you would like general advice, through to the implementation of all that you need. Please browse our website, ring us, or pop into our office. Our friendly, knowledgeable and experienced staff know all of the best products available today, and can help you understand which can be of benefit to you.

Please feel free to contact us via our online form, or visit our Shop, at 141-145 Thomas Lane, Broadgreen Liverpool, L14 5NT. Failing that, you can always call us on 0151 220 7080 during office hours and we’ll see what we can do to ease your mobility issues.

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What Benefits Do Suspension Add to Mobility Scooters?

Mobility scooters are great for those who have trouble walking long distances and they provide freedom that you may have feel you have lost. They restore a sense of independence and make life easier all round. But you may be wondering what are the particular features they have that will make one better than another, and what you should be looking for when purchasing one? One key feature is the suspension, as it will enhance the driveability and make the experience a pleasure for you. So, what exactly is suspension and how does it work in mobility aids such as scooters?

What is suspension?

The suspension is a system of springs and shocks that are present in any vehicle with wheels, so the suspension in your mobility scooter will be rather like the one in your car. You may be wondering why you would need this in your scooter, but if you think about your local area, it’s likely that you won’t just be manoeuvring over smooth pathways, and more likely you’ll have some lumps and bumps to navigate. If your mobility scooter has poor suspension, this can make for quite a bone-shaking experience, which you probably don’t need, particularly if your knees or hips are fragile! Any aches and pains will be heightened if you hit a small pothole. If you get a scooter that has suspension, then you can glide over the paths and road, and even through the park on some unpaved routes, with absolute ease.

Other benefits to suspension

When you get used to your mobility scooter, it’s likely that you’ll use it pretty often. This will result in some wear and tear, simply from navigating roads and pathways. Good suspension means that there are fewer demands on the other parts of the scooter, as it is designed to absorb the stress and is more durable than the other features on the scooter in this area. In the unlikely event that you do have to replace the suspension, it will still have protected the other parts, so it lengthens the overall life of the scooter.

More control

On a normal scooter, if you hit a big bump on one wheel, this can impact all the wheels and send you veering in a direction that you don’t want to go. This is dangerous to you and other users of the road and it can result in accidents. If you have suspension, you’ll have better control over your scooter and managing any lumps and bumps without being scared of going off in the wrong direction. If your area has some poorly maintained roads and pathways, or if you don’t have much upper body strength, then you need to look for a scooter with good suspension.

Mobility Scooters and Aids Available

At A Mobility Shop, we carry a fantastic range of mobility aids to help you, from stair lift rental to mobility scooters. If you’d like to find out about scooters with suspension, simply call our friendly team at your local mobility shop on 01512207080 or enquire within at our store in Liverpool.

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Tips To Stay Healthy As You Grow Older

As we grow older, we’d like to do so with dignity and grace, and the best way to do this is to look after your health. The healthier you are, the better your body will fight the aging process, which will mean you have less aches and pains and you can deal better with any injury that may happen. Staying fit doesn’t mean you’re immune from illness but good health will stand you in good stead and give you a better chance of recovery. A Mobility Shop, providers of all kinds of mobility aids have put together some helpful tips to help you make sure that age is nothing but a number as you grow old with grace.

Choose natural

It can be hard to keep up with what’s good for you and what’s not, but throw away all the magazines and skim over the web pages where you’re told that broccoli causes cancer and too many eggs will make you ill. Anything that is natural and grows in the ground can be relied upon. Make sure your diet is full of plenty of fruit, vegetables, herbs and spices and you’ll feel and see the difference. Avoid processed foods as we don’t even know the impact these have on us yet. If you eat meat, make sure it’s as local and as fresh as possible. Don’t worry about the small details or occasional treats, they won’t kill you!


We’re constantly reminded about eating healthy, from signs on the bus stop to the ads in newspapers. It’s something your doctor probably mentions regularly – we know we need a healthy diet! However, what people don’t talk about as much is how much hydration we need to stay healthy.

It’s important to drink at least 2 litres of water every day. Try to avoid tea or soft drinks as they will dehydrate you. Being hydrated makes sure everything is moving in your body correctly, it keeps your skin plump and it also has a positive impact on your mind. Drinking water reduces the chance of headaches, can lower your blood pressure and help with your sight. It also helps your memory!

Treat body and mind as one

Realise that your mind and your body are not separate. Physical activity is just as important for the mind, and keeping yourself mentally stimulated is important to keep your body in good health. If you suffer with mental illness you will know that this can negatively affect your physical wellbeing. Look at the big picture and treat the two as one. Realise that meeting a friend for a run, rather than going alone, can be beneficial to both mind and body.

Mobility Aids to help you

Even if some parts of your body aren’t working like they used to, it doesn’t mean you have to lose your independence. A Mobility Shop can help you out with mobility aids, stair lifts and other equipment to help you in and outside the home. Enquire within our shop at 141 – 145 Thomas Lane, Broadgreen, Liverpool, L14 5NT or give us a call on 0151 220 7080.

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Retain your Independence with Mobility Aids

It is a sad fact of life that sooner or later, we all see a decline in our health and consequently, our mobility and rather than relocating to a care centre, it is possible to equip your home with state of the art mobility aids. By designing your living space around you, you can retain your independence – something none of us wish to lose – and live a full life in the comfort of your own home. At the Mobility Shop, we understand how important it is to retain your independence and have been supplying UK citizens with mobility aids for many years. Our experts are always happy to offer their professional advice on how best to provide mobility solutions and you might be surprised at how affordable our products are.

Stairlifts – If you are living in a two storey home and are finding it difficult to negotiate the stairs, the latest generation of stairlifts offer a smooth transition from floor to floor, and regardless of the building design, a tailored stairlift can be fabricated to perfectly fit. We even offer stairlift rental, for those who are looking for a short-term solution and we always do our best to come up with the best solution for all of our customers.


Mobility Scooters – Like everything else, mobility scooters have come a long way in the past decade, with high-capacity rechargeable batteries that allow for much further distances and wide tyres that give a much softer ride. There are speeds ranging from 4 – 8 mph, depending on your preference, and with super responsive, tight turning, you can easily manoeuvre the scooter to any position. Many of our customers enjoy daily trips to the local supermarket thanks to their mobility scooter, and all of our units are top brands that are basically maintenance free. Simply hook up to the power outlet and your scooter will be ready whenever you want to use it.


Electric & Manual Wheelchairs – Some people only require mobility within the perimeters of their property or from the drive into the vehicle and our great range of electric and manual wheelchairs are both light and durable, with models to suit every situation.


Disabled Bathroom Design – Of all the rooms in the house, the bathroom offers the most challenges to a disabled person and with all those sharp edges, safety is a real concern. We employ disability bathroom designers who will create the layout around the client, maximising your mobility within that most private of rooms.

Fortunately, those with mobility issues are no longer reliant on others, as innovative mobility aids offer the disabled and elderly the ideal solution, and whether you require a manual wheelchair or a bespoke disability bathroom, Mobility Shop is the go to place for all mobility aids.

If you would like to consult the mobility aid professionals, pop into our Mobility Shop in Liverpool, or leave us a message or call 0151 220 7080 and we’d be happy to make some recommendations to improve your mobility.

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