How to Choose a Stairlift

When it comes to choosing straight stairlifts or curved stairlifts, the range of manufacturers and optional extras available can sometimes be overwhelming. If you are looking to buy a stairlift, Ransome Mobility can assist you in selecting just the right one to suit your requirements. We supply straight stairlifts and curved stairlifts, new and reconditioned and also provide stairlift rental.

Choosing a Stairlift – Straight or Curved?

This is the first question to ask yourself when choosing a stairlift. The answer depends on the shape of the staircase you have in your home. A straight stairlift runs on a straight rail and is the most common type of stairlift. A curved stairlift has to be made-to-measure to suit individual staircases as the rail will vary depending on the size and shape of the curve. This makes it more costly than a straight stairlift. It is important to note, however, that just one step that turns a corner on the stairs, means the customer will require a curved stairlift.

Choosing a stairlift – which manufacturer?

There are many different stairlift manufacturers including Minivator, Freelift, Home Adapt and Access BDD. Different manufacturers may be better than others – depending on the needs of the customer. An independent stairlift supplier like Ransome Mobility offers impartial advice to ensure the customer picks the right stairlift to suit their current and also evolving requirements.

So how does the process work? Once we have received an enquiry from a customer, Ransome Mobility will send one of our friendly, expert engineers to advise and explain the options to you. We also measure up and provide a home evaluation and quotation – all free of charge and without obligation.

All our stairlifts are installed by manufacturer trained engineers. Once installed, our expert engineers will test it fully and talk you through exactly how to use it. We also offer an unmatched after care service. Our trained team is available 24/7, so there is always someone on hand to assist you, every day of the year.

Choosing a stairlift – which features?

Our stairlifts come with a number of basic, or standard features, but more advanced options are available on some models. We will help you decide which ones are suitable for you, depending on your requirements.

Some of the standard features to expect from our stairlifts are: a padded seat and armrests for extra comfort, a seatbelt for safety, a footplate with anti-slip covering, an adjustable seat height (on all but one of the models), a folding seat, arms and footrest for extra space saving, a simple to use joystick for changing direction, a key switch to disable the stairlift and to prevent unauthorised use, and a manual swivel seat so the seat can be turned for easy dismounting.

All our stairlifts are battery powered to ensure continuous use, even in a power cut. The battery is automatically charged when the lift is at rest. They also come with remote controls to call the stairlift either up or down the stairs, which is especially useful if the stairlift will be used by more than one person.

More advanced options are available on some stairlift models, to provide greater ease of use. However, not all of these options are available on every model.

These additional extras include:

  • A manual or power hinged track to move the track away from doors and other through routes when not in use
  • A unique slide track to clear hallways and doors. The track will automatically move up the staircase with the lift to clear any obstruction caused by the track in the lower hallway. It is less cumbersome than a power hinged track
  • A powered swivel seat to provide easier mounting or dismounting at the touch of a button. This is particularly useful for customers with poor upper body strength or arm mobility
  • A linked footrest which automatically folds the footrest up with the seat for simple space saving. It means the customer does not have to bend down to manually fold the foot plate up
  • A powered foot rest riser so the customer does not have to bend down to manually fold the foot plate up to clear access for other users. Instead it is raised by a switch on the arm or linked into the folding seat
  • A perch option so that people who cannot bend their knees can use a stairlift. It is also useful for narrow staircases
  • Different coloured upholstery options
  • Curved armrests to curve round the front of the body during travel for extra comfort
  • An advanced ride monitoring system to maximise on space. This is ideal for narrow staircases
  • Weather-proof options available for outside stairlifts
  • A heavy-duty stairlift designed to carry passengers who weigh up to 30 stone

About Ransome Mobility

Ransome Mobility is a friendly, family-run company with over 25 years’ experience. We are a leading supplier of domestic stairlifts including straight stairlifts, curved stairlifts and wheelchair lifts in Suffolk, Essex, Norfolk, Hertfordshire, Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire and London. We are based in East Anglia.

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