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Message posted by Graham06/6/2016 at 3:34pm
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The time is fast approaching when the father-in-law (87) may need a stairlift to be able to keep his independence and be able to get to his bedroom.

He is getting a tad unsteady on his feet and being on his own we have a fear that he may take a tumble on the stairs.

Anyone out there got any experience of having one of these devices fitted/costs/buy or rent?

Any advice please?

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Message posted by gatser06/6/2016 at 4:10pm
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My mum bought a stairlift n had it fitted for the same reason. At first she was reluctant to use it as wanted to keep the ability to use stairs. Instead used it to carry her laundry up n down using remote control.
After time she began to use it more n more, she lost confidence in her legs.
Considering all things it was a great help but word of advice. As mum had the lift for a few years when the time came for her to go in a home we had great difficulty getting it taken out. We had it serviced yearly n it was as nearly new. Most stair lift companies didn't want to know or some would remove it for about 100! Just something to consider


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I would advise that you contact your county council (not borough council) and ask for the nearest social services department as they will pay a visit to your father in law and assess his daily needs. The application for a stairlift is means tested but if he is in receipt of a low income he might get it installed via a grant application free of charge. There is no annual maintenance cost and if the time arises that he needs to move into a home or passes away they are responsible for removal of the stairlift too.

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My wifes gran needed one so her grandad picked one up locally on Gumtree and his son who is a car mechanic fitted it.
He got it for a fraction of the original cost and it was just over one year old..

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Message posted by Graham06/6/2016 at 7:09pm
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Had a quick look at the Stannah website and it seems you can rent them for a monthly fee and when it's sadly no longer required they remove it for free. They do straight and curved stairs so should be an easy fit.

It's such a damn shame as he is independent otherwise and still has all his mental abilities. Just that his hips shot and I doubt at 87 that an operation to replace it/them is really a viable option.

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Message posted by freeatlast09/6/2016 at 10:02pm
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A woman round our way had her knee replaced, she was 100!

If you Google it, a woman of 112 had her hip replaced.

87 is still young.

Message posted by jeff juke10/6/2016 at 11:52am
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This happened to my gran..Click

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Graham, I gather that you're planning for the future and it's good you're doing so. What you might find helpful is to get in touch with various charities (Age UK a great one to start) to explain your problem. They can give loads of free advice. tango55 is also right about the social services.

It helped in our family when my FIL had to have one to get the kids (and that means yourself as well as any grand-kids) to experience it with FIL there - boosts confidence.



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Message posted by romany girl14/6/2016 at 11:57pm
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I have had a Stannah fitted earlier this year, and im very pleased with it. Instalation was quick and easy, and it was fitted in about 4 hours. Mine is a straight rail, no curves in the staircase, and cost just over 2k.

If you are lucky you may be able to get one installed for free by your local council or a specific illness charity like Macmillan, but there is often a lengthly wait to gain funding for these, and l could no longer make it upstairs to access bed and the shower after having a nasty fall in the kitchen last winter that damaged my arthritic knee even further, so needed one fitting urgently.

Stannah also provide an annual service and 24/7 breakdown call out cover, so well worth considering when compairing with other makes of lift.

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Message posted by Tigermouse15/6/2016 at 10:21am
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My parents had one from Lift Able, it was a straight one, fitted to the stairs rather than the wall, and very expensive. They only had it for three years, it was serviced each year, they never had a problem with it and it was still in excellent condition when they passed away. I contacted Lift Able about getting it removed, thinking (naively) that they may buy it back but although they said they would remove it for no charge they wouldn't give me anything back. No doubt they would refurbish it and install it in someone else's home at some exorbitant price, so rather than do that I actually gave it to a good friend who I knew would eventually need one.

I have no experience of Stannah but my parents were quite impressed with Lift Able's installation process and customer service so they may be a firm to consider?

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