Why Buy a Stairlift?

Does using the stairs present a problem? A stairlift can improve a person’s quality of life because they provide much greater independence. Ransome Mobility Solutions is a leading supplier of stairlifts and sells a wide range of straight and curved stairlifts to customers in in Suffolk, Essex, Norfolk, Hertfordshire, Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire and London. We are based in Suffolk, East Anglia.

Buying a stairlift provides significant benefits to the elderly or those with mobility problems, which we will explain below.

Overcome the challenges of stairs

So how does a stairlift work? A stairlift is essentially a chair which moves on an aluminium track, powered by hydraulics or an electric motor. The passenger sits on the chair and controls its movement so they can safely and comfortably transport themselves up and down the stairs, without assistance from another person.

A stairlift has many features to make it easy to operate, even for someone with very limited mobility. Easy toggle controls can be used even by someone with arthritic fingers, or with limited mobility in their hands. A toggle can be fitted to either side of the chair and the user can simply point the toggle in the direction they want the chair to go. It also has a remote control option for a carer to use.

Another feature is the manual or powered swivel seat, for easy mounting or dismounting. A powered swivel seat is especially useful for customers with poor upper body strength or arm mobility.

A powered foot rest riser means the customer does not have to bend down to manually fold the foot plate up when they want to clear the access for other users. Instead it is raised by a switch on the arm or linked into the folding seat.

For those who only have limited use of their knees and cannot bend them to use a seated stairlift, there is a perch option available. Perch options are also useful for homes with narrow staircases.

If you have steps down to your garden and want easy access to outside, there are weather proof stairlifts. We also supply heavy-duty stairlifts which can support people who weigh up to 30 stone.

Enjoy your home for longer

Stairlifts make a huge difference to the lives of millions of people worldwide. A stairlift gives a home owner greater independence as it provides them with access to all areas of their property. It means customers can stay in their family home without the stress of uprooting and moving to alternative accommodation, such as a bungalow.

A stairlift can be quick to install for all but the most demanding of staircases. In the most instances, a stairlift can take just two to three hours to install. The stairlift is attached to the stairs and landing (not the walls) and in most cases is installed with the minimum of disruption. Once your stairlift is up and running, our expert engineers will test it fully and talk you through exactly how to use it.

We also offer an unmatched after care service, for added peace of mind. Our trained team is available 24/7, so there is always someone on hand every day of the year.

Whether straight or curved, stairlifts are designed to suit all staircases – even spiral staircases and we even sell outdoor staircases. Curved stairlifts are generally more expensive than straight stairlifts as they are manufactured made-to-measure to accommodate the length of the staircase and angle of the curve.

Recover your freedom following an accident

If ability has been impaired following an accident, it can be particularly challenging for a person to come to terms with what has happened. They may have to adapt from being fully mobile, to having to rely on other people, in a very short space of time. The installation of a straight stairlift or a curved stairlift, depending on the staircase, can restore a person’s freedom and allow them to get on with their life as much as possible.

Make your workplace DDA compliant

The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) is designed to protect people with disabilities against discrimination. It was implemented by the government in three phases and applies to people in the working environment and as well as those using a service or facility – such as a library or a further or higher education establishment. It also protects those who are visually impaired.

The first stage of the DDA came into place in December 1996 and rendered it illegal to treat a disabled person less favourably because of their disability.

In October 1999 businesses and organisations were required to make ‘reasonable adjustments’ for staff with disabilities. This meant providing extra help in the workplace or extra equipment. Service providers had to adjust the way they provide their services to customers – such as offering bank statements in large print.

The third phase, introduced in October 2004, applies to access to and from buildings for people with disabilities. It requires all organisations to make physical alterations such as installing ramps for wheelchair users.

The DDA Act means all organisations must now make ‘reasonable adjustments’ so their services and premises are accessible to people with disabilities. It can mean making signs clearer for the visually impaired, having an audio frequency induction loop for deaf people or installing a stair lift on the premises so give customers and staff access to all floors.

Ransome Mobility supply commercial stairlifts to assist businesses in meeting their DDA requirements.

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.

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