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Safety Features on Stairlifts

Stairlifts are a vital improvement to any home where the resident struggles to climb up or down the stairs. They help to remove the need to struggle, and are a much cheaper alternative to converting downstairs rooms into a bedroom or bathroom, and definitely much cheaper than moving to a single story home or bungalow. However, when buying a stairlift, peace of mind is the most important feature.

There are a number of safety standards on all stairlifts from reputable manufacturers. These safety standards are specified under the current British Safety Standards for stairlifts, and this is updated every few years or so to ensure paramount safety on stairlifts. It is important to make sure a stairlift has all of the following essential safety features and not just look for a cheap deal.

For safety reasons, all stairlifts must have a seat belt. This is usually in the form of a retractable lap belt, and gives you an added sense of security as you’re travelling up or down the stairs via the stairlift.

A very important safety feature on a stairlift are the built in safety sensors. These automatically detect any possible obstruction to the stairlift and, if any obstructions are found, it immediately brings the stairlift to a complete stop. Once the object obstructing the stairlifts’ path is removed, the stairlift continues its journey along the stairs in the direction it was already travelling in. These are normally located around the footrest area, so even lower objects are detected.

A limit sensor is fitted on the top and bottom of the stairlift rail. The limit sensors make sure that, when reaching the end of the rail at either end, the stairlift stops in the correct position. It also ensures that the stairlift comes to a soft stop. A smooth start stop motion is vital so as well as coming to a soft stop, the stairlift should have a slow, gentle start rather than a jerky start. This removes the risk of injury when the stairlift starts or stops.

Your stairlift should have a lockable on/ off key switch. This is in place to prevent anyone, particularly young children, from using or activating the stairlift in any way without the key. For this reason, the key is removable after locking.

There shouldn’t be a risk of receiving an electric shock providing the stairlift is a battery powered (DC) stairlift. This means that there is no mains power voltage on the stairlift, as it runs off 24 volt batteries only. These are rechargeable and, as well as ensuring smooth, quiet travel along the rail, it also means that the stairlift can run even during a power cut. Charging points are located at both ends of the rail meaning the stairlift charges when not in use.

A stairlift should have a dual mechanical and electrical braking system. These are two independent braking systems meaning that, in the event of a motor failure, the stairlift cannot descend unexpectedly or at too great of a speed.

A swivel seat is vital on a stairlift, and it must lock into position at the end of the stairs. As the name suggests, this swivels the seat of the stairlift around to allow you to dismount from the stairlift with ease. Also, because the stairlift locks into place it acts as a barrier to prevent you from falling back down the stairs due to loss of balance, etc. This is essential, especially when dismounting from the stairlift at the top of the stairs.

If you are considering purchasing a new stairlift, make sure to ask the supplier if they meet the current British Safety Standards. Most suppliers should be more than happy to promote that they do, in fact, meet these standards on all of their stairlifts.

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Why Choose UK Stairlifts Direct?

If you are one of the many people in the UK finding it difficult get up and down the stairs then UK Stairlifts Direct offers you a solution.

Because We Understand

At UK Stairlifts Direct we believe that the quality of your home life should not be reduced due to stair mobility issues. The team at UK Stairlifts Direct also understand the importance of remaining independent in your home.

Because We Offer Guidance

There are masses of stairlifts available to buy and the choice can be confusing. UK Stairlifts Direct experts offer advice and support to assist you in choosing the right stairlift. At UK Stairlifts Direct we offer a comprehensive range of stair lifts whatever your needs and UK Stairlifts Direct will only recommend the right stairlift for you.

You can speak on the telephone with a member of the UK Stairlifts Direct team or you can request a home visit to conduct a UK Stairlifts Direct survey.

All UK Stairlifts Direct surveys and quotations are provided free and without obligation to buy.

Because We Manage Everything for You

From first enquiry to the installation of your stairlift, everything is managed for you by the UK Stairlifts Direct team. Upon your order you will be allocated a personal UK Stairlifts Direct contact ensuring the personal touch at all times.

Because We Install the Stairlift Too

The skilled installation team at UK Stairlifts Direct deliver and install your stairlift. Each member of the UK Stairlifts Direct team is fully trained and as installing stairlifts is all they do they know every make and model.

Because We Have Top Class Customer Service

Customer Service matters at UK Stairlifts Direct. We run a training programme to ensure every member of the team gives first class service. UK Stairlifts Direct do not bonus the team for the number of sales they make but we do reward those that receive great feedback from our customers.

Because We Come Highly Recommended

At UK Stairlifts Direct we are always receiving compliments; we love it when that happens! This is what UK Stairlifts Direct customers have to say:

“I cannot thank you enough, our stairlift is perfect and everyone at UK Stairlifts Direct looked after us” Mr Bill Harvey, Nottinghamshire.

“The stairs in our home are quite narrow, we were surprised that UK Stairlifts Direct could offer so many suitable models, thank you” Mrs Croft, St Albans.

Due to my mother’s arthritis we weren’t sure she would be able to operate the controls. The UK Stairlifts Direct surveyor was really helpful and we placed our order today” Mr Jonathan Swift, Darlington.

“Our stairlift was installed yesterday and we couldn’t be happier, thank you UK Stairlifts Direct!” Mr Frank Litten, Hull.

“UK Stairlifts Direct were a pleasure to deal with and I would definitely recommend you” Ms Janet Forshaw, Liverpool.

“UK Stairlifts Direct made buying a stairlift easy” Mr Frenchman, Southampton.

“I have already recommended UK Stairlifts Direct twice!” Mrs Black, South Shields.

Curved Stairlift

Reasons to Purchase a Curved Stairlift

Before coming to us UK Stairlifts Direct customers often say that they believed stairlifts were only available for straight staircases. But a curved stairlift is the perfect solution for homes with stairs that have any form of corner, bend, curve or intermediate landing.

A curved stairlift is designed to travel around these obstacles safely and securely whilst maintaining a smooth ride for the user.

Each stairlift consists of a seat or standing platform and a track. A straight stairlift is supplied with a standard track but a curved stairlift track is made specifically for the stairs onto which it is to be installed. Because of this virtually any staircase is suitable for a curved stairlift.

At UK Stairlifts Direct we offer a range of different curved stairlift designs which offer a solution for most needs.

Please contact UK Stairlifts Direct to arrange a surveyor visit to determine the correct curved stairlift for you and to receive a quotation for a fully installed curved stairlift.

Things to Consider When Buying a Curved Stairlift

Never try to cut corners (literally) when buying a stairlift. A curved stairlift must be used with any stairs that are not straight.Whilst it may be tempting to install a straight stairlift and expect the user to climb the remaining stairs, a curved stairlift is designed with safety in mind and the small cost saving is not worth the loss of peace of mind. A curved stairlift design ensures that the user is delivered safely to level floor. A curved stairlift is also planning for the future when the user’s mobility may decrease.

A curved stairlift will need to be professionally installed. At UK Stairlifts Direct we have an experienced installation team who can install your curved stairlift for you.

There are just as many options available with a curved stairlift as there are with straight stairlifts, ensuring you don’t have to compromise because your stairs are more difficult.

When is a Curved Stairlift not Suitable?

At UK Stairlifts Direct we do not make claims we cannot keep, there are some circumstances where it is simply not possible to install a curved stairlift. A UK Stairlifts Direct surveyor will be able to advise you. If a curved stairlift cannot be installed there are other options for example a through floor lift which are also available from UK Stairlifts Direct.

Curved Stairlift Prices

Whilst a curved stairlift will cost a little more than a straight stairlift the price difference is generally marginal. It is impossible to provide a standard price for a curved stairlift as the tracks designs are bespoke. If you wish to understand more about the price of a curved stairlift please contact the UK Stairlifts Direct team to discuss your needs further.

Straight Stair Lifts

Important Information About Straight Stair Lifts

If you or a loved one needs that extra bit of help to get up and down the stairs then straight stairlifts will offer a great solution.

Straight stair lifts give the user back a sense of independence and safety and in many cases straight stair lifts can mean a user does not have to move home. At UK Stairlifts Direct we have heard many happy customers’ stories where this is the case.

What Are Straight Stair Lifts?

In brief straight stair lifts are seats or platforms that ascend and descend a track installed onto the staircase.

Straight stair lifts are designed to fit staircases that do not have bends or intermediate landings; if your staircase is not straight you need to consider a curved stair lift.

Are Straight Stair Lifts Comfortable?

The manufacturers of straight stair lifts have taken time to understand users’ needs and ensure they are comfortable. A number of different designs ensure straight stair lifts can be selected for the user’s requirements and for the design of the home.

Take a look at the other pages of this website to see the many designs of straight stair lifts that are available through UK Stairlifts Direct.

How Are Straight Stair Lifts Controlled?

There are a number of different options for controlling straight stair lifts, the user controls are generally on the arm of the seat but this can be amended if required. Paddle and joystick options enable easy use by most and if a carer is also required to operate then straight stair lifts can be fitted with additional controls. If straight stairlifts are to be used by more than one person a control can be put at both top and bottom of the stairs to ‘call’ the star lift to the required floor.

The UK Stairlifts Direct surveyor is able to assess the control and operation needs and ensure that straight stair lifts are fitted appropriately.

Are Straight Stair Lifts Expensive?

Straight stair lifts are very affordable, as one UK Stairlifts Direct customer said:

“We had put off looking at straight stair lifts as we thought they would be too expensive, we had even considered moving my mother’s bedroom downstairs. When we made contact with UK Stairlifts Direct we were pleasantly surprised. Straight stair lifts actually cost less than converting a downstairs room.” Thomas Hart, Shropshire.

The price of straight stair lifts vary depending upon specification and model, for a full quotation please contact the customer services team at UK Stairlifts Direct.

Disabled Stair lift

The disabled, elderly and infirm can all benefit from the installation of a disabled stair lift in their home.

A disabled stair lift can offer the user safety when traveling up and down the stairs whether used independently or with a carer.

At UK Stairlifts Direct, we understand before purchasing a disabled stair lift there are many considerations to make.

Here are the factors you need to consider to ensure you decide on the correct disabled stair lift to meet your needs.

How Can I Choose the Right Disabled Stair Lift?

The choice of disabled stair lift should take into account the following:

  • User needs
  • Home design

User Needs Consideration for a Disabled Stair Lift

It is important to consider the user needs when selecting a disabled stair lift.

  1. Who will operate the disabled stair lift: the user, carer or both?
  2. Will the disabled stair lift be used in conjunction with a wheelchair?
  3. Is the user able to operate the controls of a disabled stair lift and will they need special options such as a paddle switch or joy stick?
  4. Will the disabled stair lift be used by more than one person in the home?
  5. Does the user have special requirements for getting into and out of the disabled stair lift?

Home Design Considerations for a Disabled Stair Lift

Home design will also play a part in the correct choice of disabled stair lift solution.

  1. Is the disabled stair lift for interior or exterior use?
  2. How many stairs or steps will the disabled stair lift need to cover?
  3. Is the staircase straight and constant or does it have corners and intermediate landings?
  4. Are there other users of the stairs who will not use the disabled stair lift?
  5. Might the installation of a disabled stair lift block access to a room at either end of the stairs? If this is the case the disabled stair lift track can be extended to prevent causing an obstruction.

The Next Steps

Once you have considered the questions above please contact the UK Stairlift Direct customer services team as they will be able to direct you to which disabled stair lift options are appropriate.

The UK Stairlifts Direct team can arrange for a no obligation visit from a surveyor to obtain details of the disabled stair lift range suitable to meet your needs.

For any questions about the design or use of a disabled stair lift please call the UK Stairlifts Direct team as we have a team of experts able to offer help and advice on practically any general matter as well as about our disabled stair lift range.

Stairlifts Reviews

When UK Stairlifts Direct supply our stairlifts reviews of how our customers have found them are important. Stairlifts reviews help others make an informed choice.

We are always so grateful when we get stairlifts reviews from customers. Here are the stairlifts reviews we have received this month. Thanks for the stairlift reviews everyone!

Stairlifts Reviews #1

“After a visit from your surveyor, we went ahead and purchased the Stannah Solus model. In the aftercare call from UK Stairlifts Direct you told us how important stairlifts reviews are I thought I would let you know this stairlift is just perfect. The adjusting seat makes it easy to get in and out of and it deals with our awkward staircase perfectly. Thank you!”

George Frankish, Tunbridge Wells.

Stairlifts Reviews #2

“Here’s some feedback for your stairlifts reviews on your website! Your team just installed the Acorn 120 Superglide in my Mother’s house and in just two days it has transformed her life! Thank you for giving her back the use of upstairs and us back peace of mind”

Julia Gorman, Sheffield.

Stairlifts Reviews #3

“With such a big choice of stairlifts reviews really helped us make our decision, so here’s our review to help others! We chose the Companion curved stairlift for the staircase that covers three floors of our Victorian house. We both use it and neither of us have had any problems at all. In fact, my husband used to be an engineer and even he was impressed with how well made it is.”

Patricia Ford, Lincolnshire.

Stairlifts Reviews #4

“We didn’t give a review for your stairlifts reviews right away as we wanted to see how we got on with the Companion straight stairlift first. We have had it for two months now and it really is marvelous. Our only regret is that we didn’t buy it as soon as my knees went.”

Harjinder Mann, London

We hope these stairlifts reviews have helped you, to know more about each of the models please visit the specific page on the website.

If you would also like to contribute to our stairlifts reviews please get in touch with the team, we always love to hear from you!

Stair lift Prices

Our Stair Lift Prices are Lower than You Might Expect!

Our customers at UK Stairlifts Direct are often surprised by how low our stairlift prices are. Many people seem to have put off buying a stair lift for months or even years because they expected stair lift prices to be more expensive.

Compared with any of the other options like moving home, or changing a downstairs room into a bedroom, or employing a carer stair lift prices are the cheapest solution for people of reduced mobility to gain back their independence.

At UK Stairlifts Direct we are able to offer the most competitive stair lift prices as we have ensured that we keep down our business running costs.

We deal directly with manufacturers and negotiate the best stair lift prices to pass on to you.

We would love to have high street shops but they are expensive, instead we use the wonders of the internet and reflect this in our stair lift prices.

Our surveyor and installation teams are the right size so we can respond to your request quickly, but we are not paying them to drink cups of tea! Again this minimises our stair lift prices.

Most importantly we are not greedy. We would rather have happy customers paying fair stair lift prices than make a lot of profit from customers who would not recommend us.

Our satisfied customers tell us we have it right. Our stair lift prices are as low as possible so that you come to us rather than one of our competitors!

You might have noticed that many companies do not publicise stair lift prices and we think this is wrong. Whilst stair lift prices vary according to specific details we can give you a good indication right here…

Straight Stair Lift Prices from £950

Curved Stair Lift Prices from £1,995

Wheelchair Stair Lift Prices from £2,990

Outdoor Stair Lift Prices from £2,595

We cannot give you details of reconditioned stair lift prices here because it really does depend upon what we have in at any moment but you can save up to 40% of the new stair lift prices so call to discuss what we have available.

The stair lift prices stated above are an indication only, contact UK Stairlifts Direct to discuss your requirement in more detail and we will be able to prepare a full quotation for you.