From New Straight Stairlifts to Reconditioned Outdoor Stairlifts: A Complete Guide to All Types of Stairlifts
If you are searching for mobility solutions to assist you in your home, a stairlift is a great place to start. Stairlifts are considered one of the best mobility aids because they offer valuable assistance to someone who has difficulty walking or climbing staircases on their own.
Installing a stairlift offers independence and mobility to individuals who rely on someone to help them get around or for those who find it difficult to get around without risk of injury. They are designed for people who struggle to walk up and down staircases due to illness, reduced strength or flexibility.
There are a number of different stairlifts to choose from and if you are finding it difficult to decide, you should read this blog for the ultimate guide to all types of stairlifts.
Seated stairlifts are ideal for someone who is looking for improved mobility in their own home. They allow you to gain access to the individual levels of your property, without assistance. The user simply sits comfortably on a seat which takes them up or down to their desired floor. Seats of these stairlifts usually swivel to allow the user to comfortably depart at the top or bottom of the staircase. It is recommended that a walking stick is kept at either end of the staircase if you are someone that may have trouble walking or getting to your feet once you have reached the end of the stairlift.
Here are the different types of seated stairlifts:
Straight stairlifts are suitable for people who have a straight staircase in their property. Installing a straight stairlift is usually straightforward and quick, which also makes them more reasonable in price.
Like the name suggests, straight stairlifts only travel in one straight line from one end of the staircase to the other. Straight stairlifts fit against a wall, so you won’t need to be concerned about redecorating or having wall paint scratched off during its use.
Similarly to straight stairlifts, curved stairlifts are those which take the user from one floor to another in a comfortable seat. The main difference between the two is that a curved stairlift can be fitted to bend around the staircase. This is particularly useful if you have a staircase which is curved or has landings in between flights of stairs.
Outdoor stairlifts are just that- stairlifts that function outside. These stairlifts are great if you have a set of stairs in the entrance of your property and aren’t able to build or replace them with a ramp. Outdoor stairlifts are waterproof, so they can be used at any time.
If your staircase is particularly narrow, or you have trouble sitting down due to health issues, a standing stairlift might be the best option. Standing or ‘perch’ stairlifts are those which have a perch or shorter seat, so you can stand and use the chair for support while it moves up the staircase.
Vertical ‘through floor’ lifts are those which move directly up from one room to another. For example, from the living room through to the bedroom. These types of lifts are ideal if you have poor mobility or if your staircase is too narrow for a conventional stairlift.
Vertical lifts are often more expensive than other models because they require building work to make them accessible.
New vs Reconditioned stairlifts
Once you have chosen the ideal lift for you, it’s time to decide on whether you would like to purchase a new or reconditioned model.
The main benefit of reconditioned lifts is that they are cheaper in price, often because they have had one or two previous users. If you’re trying to stay within a limited budget, this might be the ideal option for you. However, one of the risks of purchasing a refurbished stairlift is that it is more likely to fault or break because of their age. It’s a good idea to speak with your stairlift provider to see how old the stairlift is before you decide on a purchase and ask what the policy is on maintenance and repair just in case there are expensive costs involved that you might not be aware of.
On the other hand, brand new lifts have their benefits too.
When you choose a new stairlift, you can guarantee that it is reliable and will function adequately. If you have any issues, it’s likely to be under the guarantee of the manufacturer so you won’t need to worry about forking out extra money to get it repaired. New models are also more likely to have the newest features such as handheld remote controls, new upholstery or tilt chairs to help give added support to the user when they stand up.
What about stairlift rental?
If you have a relative coming to stay for a period of time that has limited mobility, or if a loved one is temporarily immobile due to an injury or illness, you might opt for a rented stairlift.
Renting a stairlift is a practical way to give independence to a person who would otherwise find it difficult to ascend or descend a staircase themselves. With renting, you’ll pay a monthly fee for the use of a stairlift, so you won’t need to worry about any hefty stairlift prices or stairlift repair fees.
What should you consider before deciding on a stairlift?
Before you make a decision on what kind of stairlift to purchase or rent, it’s a good idea to consider these things:
– Comfort: Will the stairlift be comfortable for you or a loved one to sit or stand on?
– Space: Do you have the space for the type of lift you have chosen? The size and width of your staircase will influence your decision. If your staircase is narrow but tall, you might want to opt for a perch lift. If you’re unsure if the space you have is big enough for a lift, you should contact your stairlift supplier to see if they can assess the space.
– The house: Might you be better off with a vertical lift for travelling convenience from room to room?
– Time: If you need the assistance of a stairlift for a short period of time, you might want to consider renting as an option to save money.
A Mobility Shop: High quality, affordable mobility aids from stairlifts to building alterations
At A Mobility Shop, we offer a comprehensive range of mobility aids, all of which are designed to make life easier for those living with a physical impairment throughout the North West including Southport, Wigan, the Wirral and St Helens.
If you are on the search for a stairlift to make mobility around the house easier for yourself or a loved one, look no further. We offer both refurbished and new straight and curved stairlifts to suit your home. We also offer stairlifts for rent, so you don’t need to worry about spending money getting a permanent lift if you just need it for a short period of time while a relative stays or if you have an injury which makes it difficult to use your staircase independently.
Furthermore, if you are seeking other mobility products such as wheelchairs or general aids, we have a selection of products to meet your needs.
Simply call our friendly team today for advice on the best products for you.