The Comprehensive Guide To Stairlifts - Which Is Best For You?
At Ascendit, we understand that not everyone’s problem can be solved by the same solution.
Different conditions and walking requirements means that a more tailored solution may be more optimal for your overall health and comfort, and although we’d love for you to get in contact with us so what we can discuss your needs and come up with a solution, we have put together a guide of all of our solutions, along with some cases in which we believe it’d be a good fit.
The best way to figure out exactly which solution would be ideal for you would be to talk to us, however if you’re looking for an overview and a bit of background knowledge before doing so, you’ve come to the right place.
Here at Ascendit we offer only the most safe and cost effective solutions on the market, and have a wide range of options available to suit your needs.
The different types of stairlifts
We will talk about what comes standard with each of these stairlifts, however in many cases there are upgrades available to the stairlifts to make a more bespoke solution to suit your needs.
The “Standard” Stairlift
When you think of a stereotypical stairlift, this would be it. We have options for both straight staircases, as well as for staircases which bend and need a more bespoke fit.
These stairlifts are the most widely used and are typically a very good fit for most people.
These are especially good if you live in a remote area that is notorious for power cuts, as they are battery powered as standard to give you the peace of mind that you’ll never end up stuck.
This is also a safe option if you have children regularly visiting, as there is a switch that will isolate the chair and stop them from playing on it.
This stairlift doesn’t take up too much space as it folds, so it’s ideal for houses that don’t have the widest of staircases.
The StairSteady is an increasingly popular stairlift alternative that is designed for people with a bit more mobility that just require a little bit of assistance and security to make sure that they can get up and down the stairs safely.
This acts more like a walking frame and is non electrical, a vertical bar that moves up the stairs with you, yet will remain firm when any pressure in other directions is felt, so it allows the user to rest upon it when walking up the stairs.
It requires very little maintenance and is typically cheaper than a stairlift, it is also easy to install and be removed, so is great if you’re planning on moving home and require some assistance without any major work being done.
It also folds into a very small space, meaning it can be a very practical solution if your staircase is extremely narrow.
Wheelchair Through Floor Lifts
One of our more innovative solutions is a lift that travels through your floor. The great thing about this lift is that the space is cleared afterwards, which means very little space is required, and it won’t take up part of the room that it’s located in.
This is an ideal choice if getting out of your wheelchair is a hassle, or your staircase is extremely narrow. It’s also very useful if you regularly want to travel between two particular rooms, with one being above the other.
Friends and family will also benefit from using this lift as well, heavy objects can be transported without the hassle of bringing them up and down the stairs, we’ve even seen it used to transport food and items on their own, the possibilities with this lift are endless.
This is a great choice if you need to keep the aesthetic of the house the same, it is highly customisable to your needs and creates a great feature for the house, potentially adding to it’s value. We will even create a mock-up design so that you can see what it’ll look like before we build it, and make any tweaks that you may require.
These are typically made for outdoor spaces, when a few steps can make getting up onto a platform difficult, we can install a steplift that will give a wheelchair user access to their garden with no issues.
This is a good option if you have a garden or platform which is on a different level, but a ramp cannot be installed due to a lack of space, a design issue or if you need to be able to go up the step unaided.
Ceiling Track Hoists
A ceiling track hoist is a hoisted system that is hung from the ceiling, this will allow a wheelchair user to get into the hoist and take them easily to somewhere like a bed or a bathroom.
This is ideal if you need to be able to get into a bed or bath completely unaided, or if a carer needs a bit of extra assistance getting to a specific location of the house without the wheelchair.
It is also ideal if you need privacy when getting onto the toilet, but are unable to get there unassisted. The hoists can lead to anywhere in the house that has enough ceiling support, and takes up very minimal space so where-ever the destination, we’ll likely be able to get you there.
The best way to decide which of these options will be the best fit for you is to give us a call and we’ll give you all the information you might require, along with the experiences of our clients.
If you see an option you think may be a good fit, you can request a brochure for some more information.