Temporary Stair Lifts

Sometimes, illness or injury can cause unforeseen problems which leave people temporarily unable to move up and down stairs.  Several options are available in these situations, such as moving in with a friend for some time or living on the ground floor only, but it is also possible to install temporary stair lifts that can be removed once the illness or injury has healed.  This can often be much cheaper than purchasing a stair lift, particularly if there will no longer be a need for it later.

Reasons to Opt for Temporary Stair Lifts

As described above, one of the main reasons to opt for temporary stair lifts is in case of a temporary illness or injury.  However, there are also other reasons, such as:

  • Being unsure whether or not such a lift will increase the quality of life.  Having temporary stair lifts will allow people to familiarise themselves with the different makes and models, as well as with the mechanics involved in using a stair lift, before making a final decision on whether or not to purchase one.
  • Financial reasons – purchasing a stair lift can be a considerable expense, particularly if no financial assistance is available.  Although the cost overall will be much more expensive, many people would be able to pay for a monthly fee, rather than a lump sum of money in one go.

Things to Look out for with Temporary Stair Lifts

If you are looking into temporary stair lifts, there are a few things to bear in mind:

  • It is important to only work with companies that have a reputable name and extensive knowledge about stair lifts.  This can be demonstrated when someone comes out for an initial consultation, at which point they should be able to show you the credentials of their company as well as being able to answer all your questions in a way that is understandable.
  • As temporary stair lifts are usually second hand, it is important to make sure that they have been very well maintained and serviced regularly, to ensure no problems will occur at a later stage.
  • You may also want to check whether it is possible to purchase the temporary stair lifts that you have been using at a later stage.  You may be able to receive a significant discount if you have already been using the stair lift for some time.
One issue with temporary stair lifts is that most companies will only be able to provide you with straight stair lifts, meaning that your staircase cannot go around any corners or be a spiral staircase.  This is because curved stair lifts are custom made and bespoke and are very hard to reuse, as they will need to be adapted specifically to a new set of stairs.

As you can see, there are many reasons to opt for temporary stair lifts, regardless of whether the issues are around temporary illnesses or injuries or financial issues.  There are a number of UK companies who can help you with this service.

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