Answers to Common Questions About Stairlifts

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Stairlifts have become increasingly popular as a practical solution for people with mobility issues who are living in multi-level homes. Whether due to aging, injury, or a disability, stair lifts offer a safe and convenient way for people with disabilities to navigate stairs. But despite the numerous advantages of these mobility products, there are still common questions about stairlift problems and its effectiveness.

What is a stairlift and how does it work?

A stair lift is a motorized mobility product installed on staircases to transport passengers up and down different floor levels safely and easily. The chair or a platform moves along the stair’s rail with the user controlling it by the use of a control panel or remote. 

Who benefits from using a stair lift?

The primary users of stairlifts are:

  • Elderly and senior people with limited mobility
  • People with disabilities
  • People recovering from injuries
  • Caregivers

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How much does it cost to put a lift on the stairs?

The price for putting a lift on stairs can vary depending on several factors such as the type of staircase, customization, and additional features. Straight stairs are considerably more affordable since the rail system that will be installed will only go on a straight line. Customizing the rail system for curved staircases is costlier. Other factors such as installation costs, warranty and ongoing maintenance costs also affect the price. 

How much does a simple stair lift cost?

A simple stair lift can still cost a few thousand dirhams because of the materials used for installation, labor cost, warranty, safety features and maintenance costs. These should not be overlooked to ensure the stairlift is fully functional and safe for use. 

Is there an alternative to a stair lift?

Yes. There are numerous alternatives to a stair lift such as: 

These alternatives are for those with limited resources and space to accommodate a stair lift. Some of these alternatives are also available only to those disabled individuals who still have mobility.

Do stair lifts fold up?

Yes. Most stair lifts are designed to fold up when not in use. This feature makes it a practical consideration for other family members who would want to use the stairs without any hindrance, especially if moving bigger appliances or belongings up the stairs. 

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Do stair lifts come under LOLER?

LOLER, or the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 is a set of regulations that only apply to lifting equipment and operations. So, technically, stair lifts which are mobility products rather than lifting equipment do not come under LOLER. However, LOLER is regulations in the UK and standards may vary by country or region. It’s advisable to consult mobility solution experts like Gilani Mobility with regard to safety standards to avoid any legal implications.

How do you fix a stair lift?

Fixing a stair lift depends on the severity of the issue. Before attempting any repairs, check first if the issue can be remedied easily and there are troubleshooting guidelines in the manufacturer’s manual. But if the issue is complex, it’s best to hire a qualified professional to look after it.

Some of the basic troubleshooting you can do include:

  • Checking for obstructions
  • Inspecting power supply
  • Testing remote control, switches and safety sensors
  • Lubricating moving parts
  • Replacing batteries
  • Checking for loose connections

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Is stair lift covered by insurance?

In some cases and when coverage of the insurance is extensive, full or partial installation cost of a stairlift is covered by health insurance providers, especially if it is deemed necessary depending on the condition of the patient. However, this is not a common scenario. 

Can stairlifts turn corners?

Yes, stairlifts can turn corners. Stairlifts are customizable and can be tailored according to the contour of the staircases.

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Can stairlifts go around corners?

Yes, stairlifts can also go around corners, turns and landings on staircases. They are made to fit the layout of any staircase.

Do stair lifts damage stairs?

No. Stair lifts do not damage stairs and are considered temporary installations only. This is particularly beneficial for those who are renting their homes or are planning on moving in the future and would want to bring their stair lifts with them to their new home.

How much is the average stair lift?

The average stair lift costs a few thousand dirhams (applicable only to straight stairlifts). If you are looking for a curved or outdoor stairlift, prepare to shell out more since they are more expensive because of installation costs, customization and materials used.