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Stairlifts - any recommendations?

(10 Posts)
GurlwiththeCurl Tue 05-Sep-23 11:44:46

DH has been trapped upstairs for five months now, after a bad fall outside, and we have finally admitted that we need to get a stairlift installed. We have contacted various companies and have had some quotes that vary hugely. Two are from national companies (AgeUK and Stannah), one is more local.

Has anyone experience of this? Any tips or advice?

Many thanks.

Su22 Tue 05-Sep-23 11:59:52

We had one from Acorn Stairlifts with very good service, The chap came out the same day as I contacted them and gave me a price, etc it was an emergency husband was stuck downstairs with no bathroom facilities, etc. They came and fitted one the next day very neat looking and plenty of room for people to still walk up the stairs.

therustyfairy Tue 05-Sep-23 12:11:57 sell reconditioned stair lifts

We purchased an ACORN/BROOKS SUPERGLIDE 120 STAIRLIFT & RAIL second hand through a verified companywho fitted it for us. We managed to sell back to a family company based in North East of England who were very professional and dismantled the chair [they do a country wide service, unfortunately can't remember their name].
Perhaps worth looking on ebay and gumtree to get an idea

Georgesgran Tue 05-Sep-23 12:16:40

We have a local company who rent them out - a couple of friends got them for aged parents, knowing it would be short term.

Hetty58 Tue 05-Sep-23 12:27:36

I'd have a home lift instead - as I just can't stand the look of stairlifts. The rental idea looks good otherwise. Do check out the financing help, though, as my friend's retired mother got one fitted free from the local council:

Charleygirl5 Tue 05-Sep-23 12:31:30

Stay clear of large companies. My first stairlift was bought from a small company but they were bought by a nationwide company that tried to take me for a ride financially. I found a small local company and they have been excellent.

A straight stairlift will cost around £2K whereas one for a round staircase will be closer to £5K.

The husband of a friend of mine got his fitted for zilch by his local council, have no idea why because they could afford to fit it themselves.

GurlwiththeCurl Tue 05-Sep-23 13:29:33

Thank you all for your suggestions. They have been very helpful. DH and I are going to decide this afternoon as we are both going slowly bonkers having been stuck in here together for so long!

Auntieflo Tue 05-Sep-23 14:01:04

We had ours fitted by Handicare, recommended by Age UK.
(I don't know if they get a commission)
Has been a godsend. We had a few teething troubles, but these were sorted out.
Their engineers are sometimes hard to come by if you need one, but when they come are excellent when they do arrive.

GurlwiththeCurl Tue 05-Sep-23 15:14:19

Thanks everyone, we have now made a final decision, so I won’t be checking this thread again. thanks

silversurf Tue 05-Sep-23 16:53:54

Do you have to have an electric socket close to the lift?