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Guide to Stairlifts


Find out more about Stairlifts

Having a stairlift fitted to your house could dramatically improve your quality of life if you have mobility problems. Whilst some people might find the need for a stairlift a difficult point to accept, those who have accepted it have usually found that the home has far fewer boundaries than they had been used to previously. With a stairlift, going upstairs and downstairs are no longer a problem and means that you can easily do important tasks such as answering the phone or checking on grandchildren etc without suffering.

Today, stairlifts are smoother, quieter and safer than they were even ten years ago, meaning that there is no reason to be scared of today’s stairlifts. They are all designed to help and the rigorous safety standards that stairlift manufacturers must adhere to also results in a greater ease of use.

There are two major stairlift manufacturers and both operate in both the United Kingdom and the United States. They are Acorn and Stannah. This site contains a page devoted to each company, so for more information about their specific products and services, please refer to Acorn Stairlifts and Stannah Stairlifts pages.

Most stairlifts are battery powered and there are two main reasons for this. Firstly the use of a battery results in less trailing wires, which removes a potential hazard. Obviously the battery needs to be recharged over time, but most stairlifts do this automatically when the lift is returned to the starting/finishing position. A cable around the base securely fastened to the wall is no problem, it is a cable on the moving part that could cause a hazard should something go wrong. The second reason, or advantage or using battery power is that the lift will still work should there be a power cut. For users in remote rural areas, this could be an important feature.

There are three basic designs for stairlifts:

Outdoor stairlifts are only available with straight tracks as there is little demand for curved models. For safety’s sake, indoor stairlifts should never be used outdoors. Most manufacturers offer a wide range of upholstery so that your stairlift will match the color scheme of your rooms.

As each case is unique, so is the pricing of each stairlift. The only way to get an accurate price is to arrange a consultation with a qualified agent/ authorized local dealer. These are usually provided at no cost and are obligation free. Straight track stairlifts can usually be fitted within a week, but the curved models are tailor made to an even greater level, which obviously takes a little longer.

All new stairlifts come with at least a 12 month warranty, although this can usually be extended to cover up to ten years from the purchase date. The development in stairlifts over the last few years has meant that repairs are less common, but should they be needed, they can usually be arranged through your local dealer.