Straight or Curved Stairlift?
Stairlifts are life changing. They open up new horizons for those with temporary or permanent mobility problems caused either by an illness, accident or old age. Stairlifts provide greater freedom for people and make all parts of the home accessible. The installation of a straight stairlift or curved stairlift will enable a user to easily move up and down stairs once more, preventing the need to move out of the family home.
Whatever a person’s home situation or mobility requirements, there are a wide range of straight stairlifts or curved stairlifts to suit different situations. This article will answer some of the most common queries from people who are looking to buy one for their home or business.
Straight Stairlift or Curved Stairlift?
Straight stairlifts are suitable for homes with a straight staircase and curved stairlifts are used in properties that have a bend or curve in the stairs. In some incidences curved staircases can also be used for spiral staircases.
Budget Stairlift Options
Straight stairlifts are available brand new and fitted from £999.
Minivator have a good reputation in the industry and their Simplicity Stairlift offers simple, no frills, value for money. Their range includes the Simplicity and Simplicity Plus, which are good all round safe and effective stairlifts.
The Homeglide is also another cost-effective option if you require a straight stairlift. It is simple to operate and was designed in conjunction with ergonomic experts, stairlift owners and international user focus groups. It has an easy joystick option and has a smooth stop and start action.
Another option for those on a tight budget is to have a rented stairlift installed. This is only available for customers with straight staircases as it is not possible to rent a curved staircase due to their bespoke design. If you choose to rent, you will usually pay a small installation charge (about £50) and after that a monthly rental fee.
If you have a curved staircase, it is worth bearing in mind that as curved stairlifts are unique to a particular staircase, so they are generally more expensive to install than straight stairlifts. In some incidences two straight stairlifts may provide an alternative option and may be cheaper than a single, curved staircase but it depends on the type of stairs you have.
Another good budget stairlift option is to opt for a re-conditioned or second-hand stairlift. These are previously owned models that have been bought by a manufacturer and refurbished to be used again. These recycled stairlifts can be used for straight or curved staircases but a new rail will need to be fitted if you have a curved staircase.
Stairlifts For Rented Properties
All stairlifts can be fitted in rented properties as they can simply be removed when you move. If you have a straight staircase, it may work out cheaper to rent a stairlift if it is likely to be for short term use.
Renting a stairlift is also ideal if you cannot afford the cost of brand new one. If there are any maintenance issues with your rental you can expect the same level of service as with a new stairlift and the stairlift rental company will deal with any concerns.
Stairlifts For Users With Very Limited Mobility
There are a number of different designs and models of stairlift and it is best to consult with us to find out which one is best for you. Here is a guide to some of the stairlift features that assist users with very limited mobility.
Toggles and Joysticks: Easy to use toggles and joysticks are suitable for people with limited dexterity in their hands, such as the Simplicity and Simplicity Plus stairlift. Some ranges come with a choice of three joysticks, such as the Homeglide and Homeglide Extra.
Perch: If you have difficulty bending your knees, it is worth considering a perch option, rather than a seat. Stairlifts with a perch option include the Minivator 1000, Minivator 950, Simplicity Plus and the Flow. The Van Gogh can travel downwards at a 45 degree angle so it is ideal for those with limited flexibility in their knees.
Powered Options: If you have difficulty bending, some stairlifts have the choice of a powered foot-rest riser which means that you do not have to bend down to fold the footrest up manually. Other powered options available on some models include a swivel seat which turns the seat automatically to ensure easier mounting and dismounting. A powered hinged track is used to clear hallways and doors.
Stairlifts For Heavy Passengers
Stairlifts have a number of features to ensure a passenger’s safety and comfort and there are models available to support heavier passengers. The Elite Straight and Elite Curve Stairlift offers a generous seat size and a weight capacity of up to 30 stone. The Minivator Straight Stairlift model has a heavy weight option for passengers of up to 35 stone.
Stairlifts for Very Narrow Stairs or Spiral Staircases
The Van Gogh Stairlift has an ultra slim line design that allows for ample space for other stair users. It is suitable for very narrow staircases and works for many complicated and steep staircases and has a variety of rail design options.
The Flow 2 Stairlift has a neat and slim rail design and is ideal for those with an unusual shaped staircase or those with slender stairs. It is available with the option of an Advanced Ride Monitoring System, which turns the chair as it moves which is perfect for homes with narrow staircases. It can be used on stairs as narrow as 61 cms. It can also be used on spiral staircases.
Your Choice of Model
For help and advice on choosing the right stairlift, contact Ransome Mobility. We are an independent stairlift supplier, so whether you want a straight, curved, reconditioned or rental stairlift, we can help you find the right one to suit your requirements.
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