Everything you need to know about buying a stairlift in Ireland.
If you live in Ireland and are thinking of buying a stairlift there are a few things you to need to consider before you do.
This handy guide will get you started with the basics on what is available on the market, where to get advice and support, information on grants and also some top tips for making sure that you get the best stairlift for your needs.
If you have general questions about stairlifts our FAQ page covers the basics.
Some of the most common questions we hear regarding buying a stairlift in Ireland:
I don’t know anything about stairlifts what do I need to know?
Stairlifts are a long established technology that are safe and easy to use. Most manufacturers offer a curved and straight version of their lifts. A curved stairlift will suit a stairs with one or more turns or an intermediate landing.
A straight stairlift will suit most straight stairs that are a single flight with no intermediate landings or fan steps.
Outdoor and heavy-duty stairlifts are also available.
Do I need to get medical advice before buying a stairlift in Ireland?
Some of our customers buy stairlifts without seeking any medical advice on the basis that it takes the work out of using the stairs or that they feel it will make life easier.
If you need a stairlift due to a specific mobility or medical issue we recommend that you speak to your medical professional such as GP or an occupational therapist. They will take a holistic view of your circumstances and help you to plan out your mobility needs long term. They may suggest additional modifications to enable you to enjoy your home and the freedom and independence that these modifications can make.
You may also speak to your public health nurse to get more information.
Other common home modifications include:
A new or modified bathroom with non-slip tiles and easy access bathing facilities
light switches being moved.
An occupational therapist will also make specific recommendations about any automated features you may need with your stairlift. I.e. automated swivel seat, powered footrest, extra remotes.
Where can I find an Occupational Therapist in my part of Ireland?
There are a number of excellent resources to help you find and OT to provide a report for a grant application.