Do You Need One and What’s Involved?
If you find using the staircase a struggle, a stairlift installation might be your key to independence in the home. A stairlift installation means you don’t have to take drastic measures such as moving to alternative accommodation or shifting the bedroom downstairs. That’s because a stairlift will give you access to all floors of your property. Stairlifts can be battery powered, or mains operated and are used to glide people and wheelchairs smoothly and easily up and down stairs. Here at Ransome Mobility, we provide stairlift installations for all types of staircases and stock an excellent selection of straight stairlifts and curved stairlifts.
If you are considering a stairlift installation for yourself, or one of your relatives, there are so many different models to choose from. These include Simplicity, Home Adapt, Freelift, Access BDD and Platinum, to name a few. Here at Ransome Mobility, we are not tied to any particular manufacturer, so we can talk through the options available and give full, independent advice. Contact us to arrange a free no-obligation home visit and one of our stairlift installation experts will be happy to help guide you through the range of curved stairlifts or straight stairlifts available.
Ransome Mobility Solutions’ range include new models, refurbished stairlifts and stairlift rentals to choose from. If you are not sure whether a stairlift is right for you, here is our simple guide to why people choose a stairlift and how they can help. We will also look at what a stairlift installation involves.
Do You Need a Stairlift?
There are many different reasons why people need a stairlift installation, whether on a temporary or permanent basis. Here are some of the reasons:
As we get older our joints and muscles don’t work as well as they used to. This means activities such as climbing up and downstairs can become harder. We may develop problems with our knees, hips or ankles which makes walking or taking the stairs difficult. Arthritis and joint pain are common age-related problems. Muscle weaknesses, disease and neurological problems can also affect mobility to a lesser or greater extent. If you or a relative want to remain in their own home but the stairs presents a problem, a stairlift installation is something to consider. Stairlifts can be installed in most properties and models can be chosen to suit a person’s individual requirements.
Following an Accident
A stairlift is not only for the elderly. It can be installed temporarily or permanently to help a person deal with reduced mobility following an accident. Coming home from hospital for the first time and coping with the aftermath of an accident will come as a massive shock, both mentally and physically. A stairlift will not only provide a physical aid, assisting someone up and down stairs, but it also helps a person emotionally. It allows free movement around the home, which can help in a small way as they adjust to changes.
In cases where a stairlift is only required on a temporary basis, stairlift rental may be the most cost effective option. However it is important to note that stairlift rental is only available for homes that require straight stairlifts.
Moving up and down stairs can be difficult or impossible for people with an illness or degenerative condition, and a stairlift can therefore be life changing, giving them back some independence. There are many different types of illnesses that could affect a person’s mobility such as M.E, Multiple Sclerosis, Arthritis and Parkinsons Disease, and a stairlift can be installed either temporarily or permanently to help with this. Stairlifts come with a range of features to suit varying mobility problems and Ransome Mobility will assist you in choosing the right stairlift to suit your circumstances both now and as they develop.
Stairlifts also assist people who have a disability to enjoy greater freedom and independence in the home. There are a wide range of different curved stairlifts and straight stairlifts with options and extras, to suit your requirements. These can include a perch for people who have difficulties bending their knees, easy to use toggles for those who have limited movement in their hands and heavy duty stair-lifts for heavier passengers. Most stairlifts have remote controls which can also be operated by a carer and are suitable for multi-users in the home.
The Process of Stairlift Installation
Stairlift installation is a fairly simple process and the amount of time it takes from start to finish will vary depending on whether you have a curved or straight stairlift. From the initial consultation the entire process can be as short as three days for straight stairlifts to up to 2-4 weeks for a curved stairlift as these have to be individually made to suit the stairs.
The first step is to call Ransome Mobility on 0844 8569790 to arrange for a consultation and a free, no obligation quotation. One of our experts will visit you at your home and talk through the various options and assess whether a straight or curved stairlift is more suitable. Straight stairlifts can be fitted relatively quickly and easily and can be bought new, reconditioned or rented. With a rented stairlift you still get the same level of service as a brand new stairlift. Curved stairlifts are manufactured to suit an individual staircase to accommodate its bends or curves.
A new stairlift from Ransome Mobility is supported by an unmatched after sales service – available 365 days a year. Alternatively if you cannot afford an upfront cost, or only require a stairlift for a short period then a rental stairlift may be a better option. Another option is to buy a reconditioned stairlift where available although we only have limited options available in our reconditioned range. These are pre-owned stairlifts, which have been fully serviced and restored and are suitable for curved or straight staircases. They are as safe and reliable as a brand new models, but cost less, and can be bought with a comprehensive warranty packages. The only downside is that you do not have as much choice when buying a reconditioned model. Reconditioned stairlifts generally come with a six – 12 month warranty, depending on the age of the stairlift.
Once you have decided on your stairlift, the stairlift installation process will be carried out by one of our fully-trained, professional engineers. A stairlift should only be installed by an expert to ensure complete safety for the user. The first step they will take is to make sure the stairs are sturdy and in good condition, so that they can carry the extra weight from the stairlift and passenger. This is because the rail, or track is fitted to the stair treads (the top of the stair) and not the wall, to keep alterations to a minimum.
The rail can be attached to either the interior or exterior of the track, depending on what will work best for a particular staircase. The rail comes in lots of different sections which are connected together when the stairlift is installed. It is attached to brackets fixed to the stair tread and the stairlift will either be supported by the stairs or completely by the brackets.
Once the motor is fitted and the seat attached, the stairlift will be tested to make sure it is fitted correctly and is in good working order. In most cases stairlifts take two to three hours to install. Curved stairlifts take longer as they vary on the type of stairs and the particular size of the bend. Installation can take as little as four hours, or up to a day if a staircase is particularly tricky or challenging.
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