Having a stairlift in your home - An Impartial guide

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Assessing your accommodation

If you have serious trouble with stairs, you need to look at every available option in order to decide on the best course of action. Your current medical condition or future prognosis may make the transferring on and off a stairlift unsafe for you and/or any helper. People who are confined to a wheelchair should consider the option of a through floor lift, unless absolutely certain that transfers will be safe.

Moving or conversion

For some people moving home is the  ideal solution. Accommodation on one level, such as a bungalow or ground floor flat might be better for you, if you would be happy to make a move. You might consider finding a house suitable for conversion to your needs. In this case grants can sometimes be obtained, but the local authority have to take into account just how suitable the house is for a person with mobility problems. For example, you will not get a grant if the property is on a steep bank with outside steps. Your local council can give you advice on what is acceptable. Obviously moving can be very stressful, not to mention costly. If you don't want to move, you need to think about converting your own home or making some less radical alterations to make life easier for you.

Ground floor toilet


You may think of installing a downstairs toilet or bathroom, but if you are still sleeping upstairs, installing a stairlift may be the first option to consider. However, a stairlift or through floor lift is not necessarily the best way for you to get to the toilet if getting on and off the lift will prove too slow. There may be a case for both ground floor toilet and a stairlift, so you still have access to your rooms upstairs. This is where professional advice is essential. There are several companies specialising in bathroom adaptations for the less able, ask your O/T for the name of an  approved contractor.

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