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Trying stairlifts before you buy

You should try out a stairlift or through-floor lift (also known as a homelift) before you spend any money. You can do this either at a Disabled Living Centre or in someone’s home.

Disabled Living Centres – There are over 40 Disabled Living Centres (or Independent Living Centres) in the UK. You can find the ones nearest to you by contacting Assist UK. Most of these centres have a range of stairlifts for you to try. Many of the staff are occupational therapists or physiotherapists, who can give impartial advice. If possible, go with someone who can help to advise you.

Home demonstration – It may be possible for a lift company representative to arrange a visit to someone else’s home to see one in place. If you’re thinking of getting a through-floor lift we especially recommend viewing one first, because it can be difficult to imagine what it would be like in your home.

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