Having a stairlift in your home - An Impartial guide

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You are probably reading this booklet because you, or someone that you know, are starting to find that climbing the stairs is becoming a hazardous experience, or just hard work. You are faced with a dilemma. Do you move to a new home? Or do you find another solution?

Get advice

Once you start considering the possibility of  having a stairlift, you begin to delve into what can be a highly technical area. However sure you are of what you want, we strongly recommend that you take professional advice from someone with experience in this field. In most areas, informed advice is available from community occupational therapists (OT's) who are usually based in the Social  Services department of your local council.


Even if you have taken advice and  you know what you need, it is not advisable to start having the house adapted if you are considering applying for a grant. If you live in council or housing association property, funding can sometimes be obtained from them. Home Improvement, Housing Repair and Disabled Facility Grants are available to people that live in their own home, however most grants are means tested and the process can take several months or even years. Help the Aged produce a detailed explanation of the grants system, you can find their details on page 25.

If you are unable to fund the purchase yourself, there are some charities that are able to assist. SSAFA (for ex-servicemen and their families) is particularly helpful, as can be former employers' benevolent funds. Support groups, and O/Ts, may assist with searching for funding. Don't be afraid to ask for help, you may be surprised by the support that is available. There is a list of useful contacts on page 26.

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