When Do I Need A Stairlift?


The answer as to needing a stairlift depends entirely on the individuals concerned. The answer is not clear cut as people have different problems and conditions that may result in them needing a stairlift at a certain point in their lives. Which point is different for everybody, some people have been disabled from birth. For others, it is a gradual process. You may find yourself experiencing some difficulties in using your stairs and have started to question yourself and your ability to use the stairs. 

Have you started to feel unsafe going up or down your stairs, maybe a little wobbly, especially when coming downstairs? Perhaps your family has expressed concern about your ability to manage the stairs? You may notice it is getting harder and taking longer to use your stairs. Going to the toilet has become an exercise in timing! 

You may also start to feel upset about the loss of independence and time your reduced mobility is causing—all excellent reasons to start to consider installing a stairlift.

If you are suffering from reduced mobility, particularly those struggling to go up or downstairs, using a stairlift can play a big part in maintaining your independence and dignity. It is also a practical solution to having to install a bathroom downstairs or a commode.

Problems That Can Cause Reduced Mobility 

  • The ageing process
  • Reduction in flexibility and strength.
  • Medical conditions such as
    •  osteoarthritis 
    • rheumatoid arthritis
    • joint pain 
    • spina bifida
  • An accident or trauma
  • Operations like a hip replacement or amputation

Benefits Of Installing A Stairlift

Comfort & Safety

Are you feeling exhausted when you have to go upstairs? Maybe you are starting to be a bit wobbly, which makes going up or downstairs an increasingly worrying experience. This is the time to consider a stairlift. Using a stairlift decreases the time it takes to manoeuvre your staircase, reducing pain and maintaining energy. 

At the Versatile Lift Company, we design our chairlifts to be practical, comfortable, reliable and safe. We have stairlifts for every type of stairs, straight, curved, and complex, featuring several safety options. So we have the solution for whatever kind of stairs you have in your home.

Features vary on specific models but can include,

  • Seat buckles
  • Automatic footrests
  • Child locks
  • Obstruction operation control
  • Colour coordination with some models to match your decor

Freedom & Independence

Having a stairlift in your home increases your choices. You can stop minimising your trips upstairs. There are no restrictions on how many times you can go upstairs. Retaining independence is a vital part of psychological health, especially when dealing with a disability. Our stairlifts provide you with the opportunity to be more self-sufficient. For some, it also means they can remain in their own home, with all the benefits that entails.

Peace Of Mind

Installing a stairlift is reassuring not only for yourself but for those that care for you. Having a stairlift is reassuring for your family in knowing you can get around your home safely. The stairlift also contributes to you remaining in your own home, even if the staircase has become a major challenge. 

Decision Made – What Are The Next Steps

Talk to us. You can contact our team, who are all experienced in helping people decide their options regarding the type of stairlift and budget. These are the best people to answer any questions you may have about the design, installation and costs.


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