Stairlifts are making the lives of thousands of Brits easier by offering them more independence and freedom. Some people find it tough to move around due to old age, accident or other issues and stairlifts are a useful invention that gives these people their mobility back.
Sometimes, finding the right motorized platform isn’t easy, and you might find them to be out of your price range. However, don’t let the price of the installation change your mind. You can get grants to get a stair lift installed through various organizations- including the government. Here are some useful grants that you could use:
The Disabled Facilities Grant
If you live in Northern Ireland, Wales or England, you could make use of the Disabled Facilities Grant or DFG. You could get up to £30,000 in England, £36,000 in Wales and £25,000 in Northern Ireland. The grant can be used for making home alterations, which includes motorized mobility platform installation. The total grant you will get will depend on your household income and household savings, which must be above 6,000 pounds. One can get the application for the grant from a local council and have to also provide two written estimates from companies that install these platforms. The grant can also be used for rental properties.
The Edward Gostling Foundation
The DFG doesn’t always cover the full costs of installation, and you may need some extra financial support for stairlifts. The Edward Gostling Foundation could be of help here. Though their grants are relatively smaller, with maximum assistance of £2,500, they could be helpful in meeting costs when the DFG grant falls short. All applications are made online.
Independence at Home
This charity provides financial aid via social services and provides up to £2,000 in assistance. The application for this grant must be made by a social care worker or a nurse or through another form of social service.
Factors to keep in mind while buying a stairlift?
When buying a stairlift, ensure that you talk to an Occupational Therapist (OT) first. They will help you understand your individual needs and provide the best guidance on the solutions you need. If you already know someone who has installed a motorized mobility platform, talk to them and understand the nuances of installing one at your home. Finally, talk to a couple of stairlift installation companies. Their technicians will usually visit your home and provide you with a quote. Compare these quotes and offerings and decide which service is right for you.
Remember, when it comes to motorized platforms, safety should be a preference. Check the reviews of a company before selecting them to work on your project. Also, take care of the comfort and durability of the new installation. The most popular type of motorized platform on the market is called a seated stairlift where you sit comfortably on a seat whole the lift moves along the stairs. If you find sitting difficult or uncomfortable, opt for the perch model.