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When’s the right time to buy a stairlift?

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It may never be too late to install a stairlift in your home. But that doesn’t mean there can’t be big advantages to installing it just a little sooner.

Sometimes, the timing of your stairlift purchase is taken out of your hands. If you have a loved one in hospital who won’t be released until you’ve had a stairlift fitted, there’s not much point in debating it. Similarly, if you’re about to undergo an operation that will see you struggling with the stairs for the next year (eg a hip or knee replacement), renting a stairlift to cover the recovery period is a pretty easy decision.

But for many people, there isn’t a single event that ends in a yes/no decision for a stairlift. Often it’s more of a sliding scale – a gradual process of finding it harder to manage the stairs. Perhaps you or your loved one has had the odd minor fall. Perhaps you/they can still manage, but it’s getting noticeably harder.

As you might expect, we speak to many people who’ve been through this process of asking repeatedly “Should we get a stairlift” only to put it off until something more dramatic happens. The problem with that thinking is that usually, something more dramatic does happen.

The time to invest in a stairlift is not when you’ve had a series of minor falls followed by one major one. Nor is it after struggling with your stairs for months and often years. Your stairlift will last for years. That’s true whether you but a new or reconditioned one – so it’s not as if buying it sooner will risk wearing it out.

Buy one when it’s a valuable support rather than an absolute necessity, and you can help avoid nasty falls. Or buy one and avoid the frustration of seeing the stairs as an obstacle to enjoying the freedom of your own home.

It may never be too late to install a stairlift in your home. But that doesn’t mean there can’t be big advantages to installing it just a little sooner.

To find out more, call us now on 0800 542 6045.

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