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Saving Money on Stairlifts




For millions of people with mobility problems, stairs can be a serious barrier. Climbing a tall flight of stairs can be exhausting, dangerous or even completely impossible, cutting the disabled person off from part of their own home. Stairlifts help solve this problem by mechanically lifting the disabled person up and down the stairs, but installing a stairlift in the home can be an expensive proposition. Fortunately, there are a few methods people with mobility issues can use to reduce the cost of stairlift installation. 


For individuals whose mobility problems are likely to be temporary -- for instance, people recovering from surgery -- renting a stairlift can be an economical alternative to purchasing and installing one. A number of specialist stairlift rental firms exist, providing models to fit almost any home or workplace stairs. Rental can also be a good choice for people who plan to move into more disabled-friendly accommodation. A rented stairlift can provide disabled access during the time it takes to find new accommodation without the cost of a permanent installation. 


Another economical option for stairlift users is purchasing a second-hand or refurbished lift. Stairlift retailers purchase used or ex-rental equipment and restore it, offering it to customers at a discount. The key to choosing the right refurbished stairlift, as with any refurbished product, is to choose a model that is still on the market. If the lift is still being produced, parts will be easy to find, meaning that maintenance costs will be comparable to new models. If the lift is not available on the new market, spare part costs may mean that maintenance is expensive compared to newer stairlifts. 


Disabled people or landlords with disabled tenants are also eligible for help from the government to make their homes more accessible. Disabled Facilities Grants can provide up to £36,000 to make alterations to buildings, although the actual amount granted is based on an assessment of the cost of modifications and the applicant's ability to pay for them. The Disabled Facilities Grant scheme is available only in England, Wales and Northern Ireland -- similar programmes in Scotland operate at a local level, and potential applicants should contact their local councils for further information. 


Adapting to mobility difficulties can be a long and often difficult process. Financial worries can contribute to the challenge as the newly-disabled person is forced to make modifications to their home and transportation. No single method can completely eliminate all of these obstacles, but renting a stairlift, looking for reconditioned models or applying for a Disabled Facilities Grant can help to reduce at least some of the costs associated with mobility problems. By reducing the costs of disability, these methods can help disabled people focus on the important business of getting on with their lives.





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