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Hints and tips on buying stairlifts

No Comments 09 August 2010

Hints and tips on buying stairlifts

Stairlifts have been a godsend for quite some time for the elderly and disabled who have mobility problems. For those who have trouble getting around the house, stairlifts are a much more practical and cost-effective solution than moving into a bungalow. The other alternative is home adaptations, which can result in the rather sad situation of your relative being confined to the downstairs of their home.

Crowded stairlift market

Thanks to stairlifts, the elderly and disabled can stay in their own home, where all the surroundings are familiar to them, and which is near to their friends and amenities.

So, having decided that a stair lift is the way forward for your relative, which one is right for their circumstances? Well, the UK stairlifts marketplace is a crowded one. Around a dozen major stairlift manufacturers compete for a growing customer base – more and more of us are elderly, but living longer doesn’t mean that we don’t have problems with our knees.

Before you even speak to a stair lift manufacturer or retailer, we advise talking to anyone you know who has bought a stairlift. Ask them about the benefits they’ve experienced and the drawbacks, if any.

Contact as many reputable companies as you can so you can compare their stairlift products and prices. Remember that reliability and safety are the key factors.

When you’re considering stairlifts, don’t be afraid to grill the sales representative. After all, any sales rep worth his salt should know all his products inside and out. You should be able to talk about your particular staircase, physical problems and budget, and expect sensible answers.

Stairlift warranties

Ask for all the information you can get on the company and its stair lifts. Find out how long they’ve been in business. Make sure that they have full insurance. Can they let you see genuine customer testimonials?

What about once the stairlift is installed? How long will the warranty be for? Can you extend it and if so for how long? What’s included? Some companies will give a lifetime guarantee – but it’s only for certain parts. What about service and support? How quickly will they come out if the stairlift breaks down? Do they use their own stairlift engineers or is the service subcontracted, meaning you might have to wait for your lift to be fixed?

You should also research online about the stairlift companies – look for negative (or positive) comments in forums and in the media. You should also stay clear of cold callers selling you stairlifts and try to take each stair lift for a test ride in the showrooms before you make any decisions.
Selecting the correct stairlift will also mean considering the individual needs of the stairlift user and deciding which features will suit best – not just now, but in the future.

Curved or straight stairlift?

Once you’ve decided on a stairlift manufacturer, you’ll need to get your stairs assessed by a company representative. You should be aware that there are two principal types of stairlift ? straight and curved. Straight stairlifts are intended for stairs that have no bends or half-landings. If your stairs are perfectly straight, you’ll find the cost of this kind of stair lift quite reasonable.

If, however, your stairs have any kind of bend, corner or half-landing, you’ll need a curved stairlift. This is much less straightforward. It means that your stairlift will need to be custom-built for your staircase. This, of course, means that you’d better be sure that you need a stairlift, as it can’t go back to the factory. It means that your stairlift will be much more expensive than a straight one.

One slightly cheaper option if you would like to stick to straight stairlifts but have a curved staircase is two or more runs of straight stair lifts with a bridging platform. This does mean having two lifts, which means paying twice. It also means that you or your relative might be faced with more maintenance costs, as you will have the upkeep of two motors. This does, however, mean that you could enter the reconditioned stairlift market, thereby theoretically reducing your costs.

Stairlift sales rep

These days, you’ll also have a home visit from a stair-lift company representative. When the stairlift sales rep calls round at your relative’s, try to arrange for you or another relative or friend to be there, too. It’s going to be important to remember the information and to ask key questions.

The stairlift-company rep should thoroughly assess the staircase and ask pertinent questions about your relative’s needs, including how easy it is for them to get on and off the stairlift. They should be able to provide a quote in writing for the full cost of the stairlift, including installation.
When the sales rep is in your relative’s home, it’s very easy to feel pressurised. They sound very convincing – but that’s their job. Just because you’ve had a stair-lift assessment doesn’t mean you have to buy. Try to talk to as many stairlift companies as possible before making any decisions.

One great solution is to call an independent retailer like UK Stairlifts, who can give you impartial advice about the right stairlift for your relative’s circumstances.

Reconditioned stair lifts

A reconditioned stair lift is another option to consider. Reconditioned stairlifts have been owned by someone else. With a reconditioned stair lift, both the stairlift and rail have been refurbished. They’re practically as good as new, and will usually give your relative many years of good service.

Buying a reconditioned stair lift is a great option. That’s because most of the lift is brand new. You’ll get a new seat, new rail and a reconditioned engine. This new engine should be good for a few years. For those on a budget, a reconditioned stair lift will mean a saving of around one-third on the price of a new stairlift.

Whenever you see a supplier with reconditioned stairlifts for sale, do ask a lot of questions about the stair lift. At UK Stairlifts, we would advise also not to buy a reconditioned stair lift that’s more than 18 months old, to ensure it’s in tip-top shape. Make sure you get a one-year warranty, too.

Hopefully, you’ll have found this brief introduction to buying stairlifts useful. All the main stairlift manufacturers have comprehensive websites. However, for truly impartial advice based around your or your relative’s circumstances, it might be best to approach an independent retailer, such as UK Stairlifts.

Here at UK Stairlifts, we offer unbiased information – we’ve no axe to grind. All you’ll find here is impartial, independent advice about straight stairlifts, curved stairlifts, outdoor stairlifts and reconditioned stairlifts.

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No Comments 24 November 2009

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What Is the Difference Between a Mobility Scooter and a Powerchair? – by www.scootamart.com Staff

No Comments 24 November 2009

What Is the Difference Between a Mobility Scooter and a Powerchair?
Mobility scooters and powerchairs are often grouped together to differentiate them from traditional self-propelled, or pushed wheelchairs. There are however some fundamental differences between a mobility scooter and a powerchair.
Mobility scooters have three or 4 wheels and are steered using a bicycle style handlebar (or tiller) which requires 2 hands, and are designed to travel up to 35 miles. They are used by people with limited mobility, or those who tire easily when walking.
Powerchairs usually look more like traditional wheelchairs, and some models even look just like a traditional wheelchair with batteries and a motor attached to each wheel. The powerchair is driven using one hand by a joystick controller on the arm of the powerchair. Powerchair users tend to spend more time in their chairs than scooter users spend on their scooters. Because of this, powerchairs tend to be more adaptable than disabled scooters and some models can have specialist seats and controllers fitted to suit the individual requirements of the user. For example, the powerchair can be controlled by hand, by a chin controller, or even using a sip and puff pipe operated with the mouth. The footrests can be specific to the user’s needs and can include swing away or articulating footrests. Powerchairs are also more likely to be used inside although some powerchairs are equally capable indoors and outdoors. Mobility scooters are more likely to be used outdoors, although some of the smaller ones can be used indoors.
Electric scooters usually have one motor to drive the rear wheels. Powerchairs have two motors to individually drive the rear wheels. This gives the powerchair a great turning circle, and provides a lot of traction and control. Some powerchairs even have an electrically operated hydraulic seat so that the user can reach traditionally unreachable places like cupboards and shelves. Disabled scooters tend to be less customisable than powerchairs, and have fewer optional extras.
Disability scooters tend to be less expensive than powerchairs. Powerchairs have two motors, and better, more supportive seating as users often spend a lot of time in the powerchair. Powerchair users may not be able to support themselves, or be able to walk at all, and so their requirements are different from mobility scooter users.
Traditionally, powerchairs were not as easy to dismantle as mobility scooters, but this is changing and most of the powerchair manufacturers offer powerchairs that will fit into a car boot. Designs are changing so that powerchairs are becoming as easy to dismantle and as rugged as mobility scooters. Some powerchairs have six wheels for added stability, and some are front wheel drive for added manoeuvrability.
Now that you have found out more about the differences between mobility scooters and powerchairs, you can decide which will suit you best.

For more information about mobility scooters, please visit www.scootamart.com

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The Advantages of Electric Wheelchair Scooters – by Kent Pinkerton

No Comments 24 November 2009

Electric wheelchair scooters, or mobility scooters, are specially designed for providing mobility to disabled people. Electric scooters are high performance in terms of speed as well as safety. They are adaptable, affordable, durable and come with reliable warranties. Power mobility scooters are a great economic alternative to electric wheelchairs. They are available as portable/travel, three-wheel and four-wheel, front-end drive and rear-end drive scooters. The cost of motorized scooters ranges between $900 and $3,200.

Electric wheelchair scooters are steered with a tiller, which is something like a bicycle’s handlebar. They have speed control knobs to control speed between 1 and 5 mph. They can be disassembled for easy transportation. Since mobility scooters operate on gel cell batteries, they are safe for transport.

Electric wheelchair scooters are comprised of two kinds: Front-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive mobility scooters. Front-wheel drive mobility scooters are basically for indoor use and for moving on leveled ground. They are powered by a 12-volt battery and have a range of 5-10 miles for each recharge.

Rear-wheel drive mobility scooters, on the other hand, can carry up to 250 to 350 pounds. Some heavy-duty models can even carry up to 500 lbs. Rear-wheel drive scooters are powered by two 12-volt batteries and can travel 15 to 20 miles per recharge.

A wide range of electric wheelchair scooters are available in the marketplace. Electric wheelchairs and scooters are being designed to suit individualized requirements. The latest models are more maneuverable, highly durable and lightweight. Most online as well as brick-and-mortar stores have experienced and expert staff to assist the customer when buying an electric wheelchair scooter. They also offer specialized services like maintenance and repair, provision of spares like cushions, tires and batteries, routine servicing as well as emergency services. There is also the option of buying used electric wheelchair scooters. All suppliers usually offer shipping services to the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and many other countries.

Some of the most popular electric scooter brands include, Sunrise Medical; Merits; Pride Medical Products; Tuffcare; Shoprider; Golden Technologies; Ranger; Palmer Industries; Quickie; Wheelchairs of Kansas; Roho; Winco; Gendron; Harmar Bruno; and Silver Star.

Electric Wheel Chairs Info provides detailed information about electric wheelchair lifts and scooters, used electric wheelchairs, electric indoor wheelchairs, Medicare, electric wheelchair reviews, and more. Electric Wheel Chairs Info is the sister site of Scooters Web.

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New Mobility Products Enhance Lives: New Web Site Launched as Resource for Mobility Products – by Steven Hunter

No Comments 24 November 2009

A new web site launched as a clearing house for mobility Products information ‘You Can Be Mobile’ is the new information resource to help sort out the confusion over Mobility products (PRWEB) September 29, 2005 — In recent years personal mobility has become big business, and like many other markets there are unscrupulous marketers out there using it to bilk the public out of literally millions of dollars each and every year. These dishonest or less then reputable sellers of inadequate and sometimes unsafe products have given the industry a black eye, and short of even more drastic Government regulations, it’s a mark that may remain for quite some time. Even so, that does not lessen the legitimate need in our society for persons with impairments or disabilities to be mobile. Herein demonstrates the urgent need to be well informed before an equipment purchase. Expensive advertising and slick sales pitches don’t necessarily mean quality products, no matter what the ads might say. Often time’s outstanding products are not as well advertised as products of higher quality and greater value to the consumer, for many reasons. When to purchase a new power chair, electric scooter or wheel chair can run into the thousands of dollars, and continue to carry cost after the sale such as scheduled maintenance, service and repair, making the right choice is not something to be taken lightly. Often a company will price a moderate or even high quality product at a price that seems very attractive to the customer. But what isn’t stated with great clarity is what the true cost of upkeep will be in coming months and years that the products remain in service. Many times because of cleverly hidden, high maintenance costs, the company selling the product will double or triple the cost of ownership. Make sure that all the details of maintenance costs are up front, in writing in the original sales contract. Don’t be fooled into buying a low priced quality item only to find out later that it has stings attached. Things to consider when purchasing a new mobility product might include these: – Does the company have a local service? How long will it take to get service if a products fails to perform, or needs repair? – Is the company upfront in volunteering information about the cost of maintenance, or is it a subject that is swept under the rug. Be cautious of companies that don’t outline completely service related costs, especially for electric mobility products – Be suspect of over anxious sales persons. Never be rushed into a sale. Reputable companies are in the business for the long haul, and one day, more or less will not make or break the company. On the other side of the same coin, service should be personal. If the company doesn’t seem to be able to give prompt friendly, personal service prior to the sale, this might be an indicator of what things to come might be like as well. – Do a close inspection of the product before purchase. If personal inspection is not practical, find a trusted person with at least some mechanical ability to inspect and report on the equipment or product. Never take at face value company claims of quality and durability. When it comes to mobility products, too much plastic should be a red flag. – Check out the company with the Better Business Bureau, to many complaints registered against a company might be a reason to consider looking elsewhere. In the same respect be cautious of companies that are not listed or do not have a Better Business Bureau history, they may be very new, with little information from which to judge by. Although there is no cut and dried, tried and true method to precisely gauge which product is the best or proper for a particular use, being informed is the best weapon against product misrepresentations and false claims. The new web site” You Can Be Mobile” at www.ucanbemobile.com is a place to find information, a place to become well informed before buying any mobility product. Informative articles and links to manufacturers and reputable vendors can be found, helping to clear away the misinformation that is abundant today. Good information and sound thinking are what is required to make wise choices when it comes to purchasing any type of mobility product, be it power chairs, electric scooters, or wheelchairs of any sort. Visit www.ucanbemobile.com/articles for more informative articles

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