Stairlifts – A Cost Effective Solution

While the upfront cost of having straight stairlifts or curved stairlifts installed in your home may be a worry, a stairlift is the easily the safest and most cost effective solution to independence compared to the alternatives.

Here we shall explore some of the most common options available to help those with limited mobility access all areas of their home. We will also look at the benefits that stairlifts can bring and how Ransome Mobility can help you keep the costs of straight stairlifts or curved stairlifts down.

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Straight Stairlifts and Curved Stairlifts – Considering the Options

If you or a loved one has developed limited mobility, either through illness or age, the stairs in your home may well present a difficulty. If you are unable to get up or down the stairs like you used to, you may well be considering alternative ways to help you regain independence in your home.

While straight stairlifts and curved stairlifts are an option, they are not the only solution and there are other choices you may want to explore.  However, curved stairlifts and straight stairlifts are a secure and reliable way for you to enjoy complete freedom of movement in your own premises.

Here we shall explore some of the alternatives to straight stairlifts and curved stairlifts so you have all the information to hand and can consider all the options to help make the right decision for you.

Help From Others

Receiving help from others is a practical solution to getting out and about in the home. However, this works well providing you have someone on hand regularly and that person is strong enough to help.

However, many people don’t like to rely on other people all the time, regardless of how willing the carer may be, and instead want to maintain their independence as much as possible.  While some people decide to pay for domiciliary care to get the assistance they need, this can be expensive especially over a period of many years.

Straight stairlifts and curved stairlifts not only provide a safe and easy way to get up and downstairs, in most cases it can be life-changing. Many customers feel that having a stairlift relieves them from the emotional cost of feeling dependent on others and works out cheaper in the long run than domiciliary care.

Live Downstairs

Living downstairs in your own home is another alternative, although this can involve a lot of upheaval. It may also work out expensive if you need to install a bathroom downstairs to make it work. Not only this, but you also lose the use of the whole of the upstairs, which becomes wasted space.

Installing either straight stairlifts or curved stairlifts usually works out far less expensive than adapting the downstairs to suit your needs. It also gives you access to every floor in your property.

Move to a Bungalow

Moving house involves a far greater upheaval than moving downstairs. Considering all the costs involved it also works out a lot more expensive than installing a stairlift, not to mention the stress involved.

Moving to a one-floor home can be a good option if you have other reasons for moving, such as being closer to friends or family, but otherwise it is can be too disruptive to vacate the family home.

For those who don’t want to explore this option, installing either curved stairlifts or straight stairlifts works out far cheaper and is far less demanding in terms of time, as well as all the emotional costs that come with moving house.

Move to a Care Home or Sheltered Accommodation

Moving to a care home or sheltered accommodation can be appealing as it promises constant access to help and often the facilities needed are already installed as many care homes have stairlifts.

The downside is that it presents a loss of privacy, combined with the overall stress of moving home – and both these options can work out more expensive.

Moving to a care home or sheltered accommodation is an ideal solution if you find accommodation that you really like. It can also offer an improved social life too. However, for those who want to stay in their own home, installing a stairlift gives the benefit of greater mobility and independence without loss of privacy – all at a far lower cost.

Four Ways to Minimise the Cost of Your Stairlift

A stairlift may seem like a big upfront cost, but there are certain ways to help keep the cost down. Here we shall look at the ways to minimise the cost of your stairlift:

Choose Straight Stairlifts Instead of Curved Stairlifts – If you have two flights of stairs, two straight stairlifts can work out cheaper than one curved stairlift. However, this option is not available for everyone as it is limited to the type of staircase you have. Ransome Mobility’s experienced team of staff will be able to assess whether this is possible during your home visit.

Buy a Refurbished Model – Refurbished or second hand models are available for both straight stairlifts and curved stairlifts. These options are limited to what we have in stock at the current time but if you are happy with the availability, it works out as cheaper alternative. If you do have a certain make or model in mind, you may prefer to buy new instead of purchasing a second hand stairlift as this will avoid a lengthy waiting time.

Renting a Straight Stairlift – Renting a stairlift is a great option if you can’t afford to pay the upfront fee and want to spread the cost of your stairlift. You also still benefit from the same aftercare service you get from buying new. This is a cheaper option if you only require the stairlift for a short time, but will be more expensive than buying if you keep the stairlift for several years. It is only possible to rent straight stairlifts as curved stairlifts have to be custom made to fit individual staircases.

Claim VAT Exemption
– If you are someone with a disability, or if you are operating as a charity, you can apply for VAT exemption. In order to not be charged VAT you need to complete a special application form, which you can download from the Ransome Mobility website. All you have to do is to sign the easy to complete form and return it to Ransome Mobility when you order your product.

Straight Stairlifts – click here to view our range of products

Curved Stairlifts –  click here to view our range of products