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Stairlift Tips and Advice

It goes without saying that choosing to purchase a stairlift is a significant life decision, not just because of the financial costs involved but also in terms of the effect it could have on the appearance of your home. Understandably, anyone who is considering investing in a stairlift will want to carry out as much research as possible beforehand to make sure they are making the right decision.

Below, you can access a number of guides to find stairlift advice that have been created to answer a range of questions that are commonly asked by those thinking about buying a stairlift, or who are even in the position of needing to remove a unit that is no longer in use.

Whether you wish to find out how a straight or curved stairlift is installed, or require advice on how to buy or sell a reconditioned stairlift, you will find a wealth of information available throughout this guide.  

How do stairlifts work?

Historians believe that stairlifts have, in one form or another, been used for centuries. With an ageing population, it should come as no surprise that this particular type of independent living product is now in greater demand than ever, with stairlifts and mobility aids helping thousands of people around the UK retain their independence and mobility.

However, have you ever thought about how these vital pieces of equipment actually work? This page answers this question in detail, making sure you know everything you need to about how your loved one’s new stair lift will help them move around their home in comfort and safety. The important question of how individual stairlifts are measured for is also addressed here.

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How are stairlifts installed?

Perhaps the most commonly asked question of all that prospective stairlift users have is how their new purchase will be installed. Anyone who has decided they need to buy a curved or straight stairlift, either for themselves or a family member, will be understandably anxious about any damage that may be caused to any existing fixtures or fittings.

On this page, you can find details about installing a stairlift and the likelihood of any visible damage it may have on your carpets and stairs, as well as other practical guidance such as information on how long you can expect the fitting to take.

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Used and second-hand stairlifts

Owning any product from new is always a desirable option. However, not everyone who needs a stairlift will always be able to find the funds required to secure a first-hand unit. This page has been created for those who want to find a cost-effective choice or make a saving by buying a used stairlift instead.

Here, you will find information about how second-hand stairlifts can be found and purchased, as well as how your stairlift can be sold on to another party when you no longer need it, and some thoughts on who the potential buyers of your used stairlift may be. 

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How are stairlifts removed?

As with everything in life, there will come a time when circumstances change and those who have previously purchased a stairlift might find they no longer need it installed in their home. Whatever the reason for this, it is important to know how your stairlift will be removed and what effect it could have on the appearance of the top and bottom of the stairs.

This page addresses the removal of stairlifts in detail, answering questions such as how long the process should last, who will carry it out, and what the stairs could look like once removal has been completed.

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Can you buy stairlifts for narrow stairs?

Every home is different and, as such, there are a number of choices available for anyone who needs a stairlift installed but whose property is laid out in such a way that logistical difficulties may have to be overcome in order for this to be done.

On this page, you will find information about several different types of stairlift, the wide range of which ensures that – whatever the configuration of your home – there will be an option to suit your circumstances.

From negotiating narrow staircases with perch and curved stairlifts with swivel seats, this page will tell you all you need to know about the ways in which virtually any access issue you may have can be addressed.

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How much do stairlifts cost?

It is inevitable, of course, that some of the most common questions potential buyers of stairlifts have relate to the costs involved. However much any product is needed by an individual or their loved one, the possible financial implications of purchasing it will always be one of the biggest concerns.

On this page, the factors which contribute to the variation in stairlift costs are discussed, as well as issues including the possible savings that can be made with reconditioned stairlifts, the level of price disparity between straight and curved stairlifts, and the extent to which installation increases how much you will have to pay. 

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A guide to financing a stairlift

For most people, the cost of a stairlift represents a serious investment. However, there are resources available and existing organisations and charities that can help cover the cost of a stairlift. These range from stairlift grants to the possibility of getting a stairlift for free from social services, this guide explores all the options.

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Stairlift reviews

There are so many stairlift companies promising to offer the very best service or the best prices, that it can be difficult to separate trusted providers from companies that only want to make a sale and do not value customer service. If you are considering purchasing a stairlift, you may find it useful to read this guide on stairlift reviews. 

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How to choose a stairlift?

Choosing a stairlift should be done carefully as there are a number of important options to consider, from the type of stairs in your home to your own personal needs. Handicare always recommends you seek advice from a Handicare professional, who has also created this guide to help cover common questions associated with choosing a stairlift.

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Can you rent a stairlift?

Because of the monthly cost of renting a stairlift, it is an option that makes financial sense if it is for a short period of time. If you are having great difficulty getting up or down the stairs or are unable to use the stairs, then having a stairlift fitted is a practical solution to help you regain independence at home. Handicare have created this guide to help cover common questions associated with renting a stairlift.

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Removing unwanted stairlifts

A stairlift that has been installed in a property for a long period of time may eventually need to be either removed or replaced with a newer model. It can be difficult deciding what to do with a stairlift that no longer serves its purpose, in this guide, Handicare has detailed the available options, including the option of offering it up as a reconditioned stairlift.

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Stairlift aftercare

Once a stairlift has been installed in your home, it is important to keep it in good condition. Following the correct aftercare procedures can prevent any damage from happening, whilst minimising the chance of problems from arising.

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Essential stairlift information

It is important that you know how a stairlift operates in order to ensure that it is right for your home. Understanding if they are noisy, how fast they go, and how they work allows you to make an informed decision about stairlifts before making your purchase. 

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Stairlift safety

Your safety is incredibly important. Fortunately, investing in a stairlift can help lower your risk of falls whilst making you feel more confident whilst moving independently around your home. This guide goes into further detail about how you stay safe on your stairlift.

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Stairlifts for parents

If you're considering purchasing a stairlift for your parents, this guide will help answer any questions you may have. From their safety features to installing accessibility features, find out more.

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Chair lift or Stairlift? What’s the difference?

Want to know the difference between chair lifts and stairlifts? This guide will explain these two terms and help you determine the right mobility solution for you.

Find out what a chairlift is and the differences between it and a stairlift as well as the different models that are available.

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Stairlift troubleshooting tips

We hope you will enjoy years of stress-free use of your Handicare stairlift, but if you have any difficulties, then we are here to help.

From a beeping stairlift to error codes and irresponsive remote controls, if you are having problems with your stairlift, this guide shares tips to help you. 

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Type of stairlifts

There are many types of stairlifts available, depending on your needs and the layout of your home.

Read our guide to stairlift types to learn about stairlifts and how to choose the right one.

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Whether you wish to find out how a stairlift is installed, you will find a wealth of information available here.

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