If the stairs do become that little bit more strenuous, you may find that you start to use only half of your home. Things that were once quick and easy, like popping upstairs to fetch your reading glasses, can become a real chore.
A stairlift is a great way of helping you get more out of your day as it allows you to save your energy and do more of the things you want to. It also means that you can carry on living in your own home and we all know just how important that is.
What should you look for in a stairlift?
Talking with our customers has taught us that the sooner you install a stair lift, the sooner you rediscover your independence. A Stannah stairlift is a positive sign that you want to enjoy life.
Once you’ve made the decision to get a stairlift, the next step is choosing the right model for you. The type of stairlift you purchase will depend on whether you have a curved or straight staircase.
Do you know anybody that owns a stairlift? If so, talk to them – their experience could prove useful. What do they like about their stairlift? What would they change? You may find some of our customer testimonials and customer letters useful as a starting point.
Ensure you have more than one stairlift quote so you can do a like-for-like comparison on the complete package, including product features and aftercare services. Choose the right stairlift in your own time.
Make sure that you choose a stairlift manufacturer that has a British Healthcare Trades Association (BHTA) accreditation, with OFT Code of Conduct approval. They assure you of the integrity of the company you are dealing with and the service you receive. Another good way of assessment is checking which awards and accreditations the stairlift provider may already have.
An impartial guide
The BHTA have produced an independent guide to buying a stairlift. Call them on 0207 702 2141 for your free printed copy or visit the BHTA website to download it.
Try before you buy
We understand that purchasing a stairlift is an important decision. This is why we recommend you visit one of our many demonstration centres around the country and go for a test ride before you buy.
What’s the best stair lift for you?
To choose the right stairlift, look at your personal circumstances and consider which product features would benefit you the most. To help you assess your situation, an experienced stairlift sales-person will talk you through the available options and inform you about which type of stairlift will work for you – both now, and in the foreseeable future.
Take a look at our stairlift comparison chart, to view our range of models and compare features.
Still have questions about buying a stairlift?
Click here to read our FAQs page. Alternativly, why not view our video guide.