Stairlift buyers guide

Should you buy a stairlift?


There are many stairlifts and stairlift providers on the market today and it can be sometimes difficult to decide which provider and model are best suited to your needs. However, at SGS, we want you to take your time on deciding whether a stairlift is the right option for you – read our latest guide here:

Stairlifts – Are they right for you?

Before committing to the purchase of a stairlift, you should consider whether a stairlift is going to cater to your needs effectively. However, there is absolutely no harm in browsing models and providers that you think could be best-suited.

At SGS, our goal is always to help you regain your independence or increase your mobility to help you achieve a better quality of life. That’s why we offer free independent advice on all our products and services.

Who are Stairlifts for?

Stairlifts, whether they are commercial or residential, have been developed to assist individuals who may find discomfort in walking up and downstairs. Stairlifts are often beneficial for those who suffer from conditions such as:

  • Arthritis
  • Severe back pain
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Old age

And many other medical conditions that restrict/hinder mobility

If you feel like you are at potential risk from causing injury when walking up and down stairs then we would certainly recommend the benefits of a stairlift.

Other alternatives to a stairlift could be moving your bedroom to a ground floor room or moving home to one-level living accommodation.

However, these alternatives are both time-consuming and cost-heavy – a stairlift from SuperGlide could be your perfect solution!

When is a stairlift not suitable?

In some unfortunate circumstances, a person’s mobility or condition may be too severe to benefit from a stairlift. Also, if your condition makes it difficult to get in and out of a chair, a stairlift may not be beneficial.

All stairlifts come with weight restrictions. If your mobility is restricted due to size, then you may be restricted to your choice of stairlifts. It is important to check the manufacturer’s guidelines before purchasing your stairlift to ensure it is accommodating to your needs.

Because of this, we bare consideration of what manufacturers we work with to accommodate a wide range of body types and personal restrictions. It is important to note that each manufacturer’s guidelines will differ depending on what model you wish, the type of rail that is going to be installed and any structural altercations that your staircase may have.

Structural restrictions to a stairlift installation

In most cases, where there is a staircase, a stairlift can be installed. However, there may be structural restrictions that prevent a stairlift installation which would compromise an individual’s safety.

This is often resolved with a quick home visit by our qualified stairlift technicians. During our visit (which currently has all safety measures taken to be COVID-secure) safety checks and feasibility reports are carried out to ensure to you don’t commit to purchasing a stairlift which would be unsuitable for your home.

Should concerns be made over structural restrictions in your home that would prevent a stairlift being fitted, an option would be to locate cleaning and toilet facilities on the ground floor of your home. This would help reduce the need to walk up and down the staircase of your home to its minimum.

Think a stairlift could be suitable for you? Call SGS today on 01925 414 771 or contact us online here.

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