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Help elderly parents stay independent

There are lots of ways you can help your parents to stay independent. If either of your parents has difficulty balancing or is a bit unsteady on their feet, grab rails can be installed to help them use the toilet or bathroom safely or to get in and out of bed independently. A raised toilet seat can make both much easier. They are available in different heights, and some include armrests too.

And installing grab rails where there are steps or changes in floor level can help to minimise the risk of falls. If climbing the stairs is a problem, a stair lift can help them to access the whole house safely and without a problem. The seat usually folds up when not in use so that other people can still use the stairs.

As technology advances, there are many new ways to make life easier for older people. Lighter appliances can help elderly people who are not as strong as they used to be. A counter top dishwasher can also help older people who can’t bend as easily as before. Smaller than the standard dishwasher, these are perfect for those who do not have enough dishes to fill the dishwasher every day. They are placed on counters to help decrease the stress on joints.

If your parents are still using a heavy vacuum, they could switch to a light, cordless alternative to reduce the amount of bending and heavy pushing. Lightweight cookware can also help lessen the strain on joints and muscles and make cooking safer.

Think about extra help such as employing a cleaner once a week to ease the burden on your parents, and a gardener to keep the lawns in check. If your parents need hands-on care, a home nurse service is worth considering.

There’s a wide range of help available and they may be legally entitled to services to meet their needs, although many of these are means-tested. The kinds of services available to help elderly people stay in their own home include help with:

• Getting in and out of bed • Bathing and washing • Making meals • Cleaning • Fitting equipment and adaptations to your home, such as stairlifts and bath seats • Going to a day centre

Arranging care usually starts with getting an assessment of your care needs by your local authority. There’s no charge for this and you’re entitled to one regardless of your income and savings.

Things older people can do to beat loneliness

According to Age UK there are over 1.2 million lonely older people in England. Older people with mobility problems and who struggle to get out and about are particularly vulnerable to social isolation, which can seriously affect their health and wellbeing. Loneliness can even lead to depression and a decline in physical and mental health

There are lots of ways older people can combat loneliness. For example, you could… Begin an exercise class Keeping physically active in later life has many benefits. It improves physical and mental health and it enables people to stay independent for longer and do the things they value most.

Yoga

The British Wheel of Yoga, the largest yoga membership organisation for people who love yoga and for teachers in the UK, says, “There are physical and mental benefits to yoga and by going to a class you have the opportunity to meet and interact with others, thereby limiting loneliness.” “Older people who had a range of age-related conditions including arthritis and dementia showed physical and health related improvements after doing Yoga classes.”

Golf

Golf is a social sport and even just playing a game of golf with your friends can boost your health. Who knows, you may even make some new friends while on the green! Like many other sports and aerobic exercises, golf is good for your heart. Walking 18 holes equals about four miles. Golf courses are usually very scenic and relaxing places, which can help lower your stress levels and boost your mental health.

Bowls

Bowls is a traditional game that is loved by millions of people – and many of the players are over 60 years-old. Older people with mobility problems can benefit from bowling aids so they don’t have to bend down. There are specially designed wheelchairs available to prevent damage to the greens as well as lots of other mobility aids. Alternatively, disability bowls allows people with physical or visual impairments to take part and meet new people.

Join an older people's group

There are many social groups organised by older people for older people throughout the UK including:

Friendship centres which organise regular social events and outings for active older people, including talks, day trips, holidays, walks and much more. Local older people's forums which share information and campaign to influence services affecting people in later life.

Friends of Age UK - Age UK works with a number of independent organisations across the country who operate locally and provide a range of services. Contact the Elderly organise monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties for older people aged 75 plus and say one of the most important things friends and relatives can do to help older people to combat loneliness is to break the silence.

The charity says, “Older people often feel ignored and invisible in public. When you are out and about, keep an eye out for older people who are alone and might appreciate a chat. Socially isolated older people will often go a day or more without any contact so the conversation that you start may be the only one they have that day.”

How vitamins and minerals can help older people

Elderly people and those with limited mobility may benefit from certain vitamins to alleviate the symptoms of conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and depression, as well as to boost energy. They can be particularly beneficial during winter.

Omega-3

Omega-3 fats are fatty acids which can reduce many symptoms associated with old age including rheumatoid arthritis. Omega-3- fatty acids may also help to slow the progression of age-related macular degeneration which can reduce vision in elderly people. They can be found in salmon, tuna, sardines and mackerel, eggs and walnuts.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C can help your immune system fight infections such as colds and flu. It can be found in peppers, citrus fruits, kale, chard, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower and tomatoes.

Vitamin D

Many people risk vitamin D deficiency in the winter as our body creates most of our vitamin D in reaction to sunlight on our skin. So it’s particularly important to spend as much time as possible outdoors. Just 15-30 minutes outside will help to boost your levels of vitamin D.

Vitamin D deficiency can cause bone pain and muscle weakness in extreme cases, so it may be worth thinking about taking a supplement if you are over 65. You can buy vitamin D supplements at most chemists and supermarkets. Only a small amount of foods such as oily fish, eggs, butter and fortified breakfast cereals contain this important vitamin, so if you want to increase your intake naturally through your diet, you can include these foods in your diet.

B vitamins

Several types of B vitamin support different functions within the body, from helping to break down energy from food to keeping your skin, eyes and nervous system healthy. Vitamin B12 is found in beef, lamb, cod, salmon, milk, cheese, eggs and some fortified breakfast cereals. But as we get older it can become difficult to absorb vitamin B12, resulting in tiredness, weakness and shortness of breath. Vitamin B supplements are available in most chemists and supermarkets.

Calcium

Good sources of calcium include milk, cheese and yoghurt, green leafy vegetables like kale and spinach and nuts such as almonds, hazelnuts and walnuts.Good sources of calcium include milk, cheese and yoghurt, green leafy vegetables like kale and spinach and nuts such as almonds, hazelnuts and walnuts.

A deficiency in calcium can lead to muscle cramps and easy fracturing of the bones, so it’s especially important for the elderly and those with limited mobility to make sure they are eating enough calcium.

Magnesium

Magnesium helps to increase energy, reduce anxiety and improve sleep. As we age, our body’s ability to absorb magnesium reduces – and certain medications can also affect this. Magnesium is in green leafy vegetables, nuts, brown rice, fish, meat and dairy. Although it’s uncommon to experience a magnesium deficiency, if you are concerned at all, consult your GP before taking any supplements.

A good diet and sun exposure really is the best way to guarantee you get the right amount of vitamins and minerals. But if you are concerned about not getting enough from your diet alone, your GP will be able to advise the safest way to take supplements.

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How daily tasks can improve your health

Staying mentally and physically active is very important at any time in life, and especially as we age. Physical activity can help maintain positive mental health, a sense of wellbeing, strengthen bones and muscles and reduce the risk of falls.

It can also help reduce blood pressure and the risk of cardiovascular diseases, control weight – and increase your chances of living independently for longer. The World Health Organisation guidelines for physical activity recommend that all adults should undertake 150 minutes of moderate to intense activity per week. This includes activities such as walking to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

They advise people with health conditions to take as much physical activity as they feel comfortable doing and their health allows. Activities such as playing with grandchildren, walking, going to the shops or just doing house work all contribute to good health, independence and a positive sense of well-being.

If some things become more difficult than they used to be it is important to decide which tasks to carry out and which tasks to delegate. Think about when you feel most energetic and able to complete the more strenuous tasks. This in turn will help you to prioritise activities throughout the week effectively. If you can’t do some things when you’re standing up, then organise your work space so that you can do it sitting down.

There is a large amount of research that highlights the benefits of being physically active as we age to ensure our health and wellbeing.

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Spotting early signs of dementia in loved ones

The NHS is asking if people noticed any unusual behaviour from older friends or family members over Christmas and New Year. The earlier dementia is diagnosed, the more effective treatment can be, and friends and family can play an important role in spotting the first signs in older people.

The Alzheimer’s Society says its free dementia helpline always receives a marked increase in calls after the festive season., and many of the callers are people who are worried about older friends and relatives after spending time with them over Christmas and New Year.

Professor Alistair Burns, NHS England’s National Clinical Director for Dementia and Older Peoples’ Mental Health, has written a checklist of symptoms of dementia to look out for. They include:

It is estimated that around 676,000 people have dementia in England and while it mainly affects people over 65, dementia can develop earlier. Professor Burns said: “Dementia is something that happens slowly, so it may slip by unnoticed in people we see regularly. That’s why the Christmas visit to wider family and friends is an opportunity to spot the early warning signs. The NHS is here to help, but diagnosis is the first big step, and this is where people who know someone best can really make a difference in spotting the signs of dementia.

Hip-op implant court hearing update - November 2017

A federal jury in Dallas ordered Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy Orthopaedics unit to pay $247 million to six patients who said they were injured by defective Pinnacle hip implants.

The jury found that the metal-on-metal hip implants were defectively designed and that the companies failed to warn consumers about the risks. Six New York residents implanted with the devices said they experienced tissue death, bone erosion and other injuries they blamed on design flaws.

J&J, which faces more than 9,700 Pinnacle lawsuits in state and federal courts across the United States, said in a statement it would immediately begin the appeal process.

J&J and DePuy were also found liable at a trial in March, during which a jury awarded six California patients $1 billion - a verdict that was later reduced to $543 million. DePuy ceased selling the metal-on-metal Pinnacle devices in 2013 after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration strengthened its artificial hip regulations.

Hip-op implant court hearing

A hip operation can offer a new lease of life for people living with pain and restricted mobility. But hundreds of people are claiming that their replacement hip joints were faulty and they needed remedial surgery after the implants failed prematurely.

Hundreds of people who received the allegedly faulty DePuy’s ‘Pinnacle Ultamet’ replacement hip joint are suing the manufacturer at the High Court.

This may be one of the largest group actions on product liability in the UK.

DePuy denies allegations that its metal-on-metal implants were defective and caused some patients to need more surgery than was necessary. Sales of the Pinnacle Ultamet device were discontinued in August 2013.

During the first day of the hearing, the court was told that after 10 years the metal joint involved had a failure rate up to six times higher than alternatives made from other materials.

Thousands of other patients who have received metal-on-metal implants supplied by a number of manufacturers will be taking a keen interest in the case, which is expected to go on until the end of January next year. It is believed that hundreds of claims against other manufacturers have been put on hold until the outcome of the DePuy court hearing.

The UK government’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency has advised that any patient with a metal-on-metal prosthetic hip should have regular check-ups to identify any complications. They said: “Although the majority of patients with these metal-on-metal devices have well-functioning hips, it is known some may develop soft tissue reactions related to their implant. The clinical advice we have received indicates patients will likely have the best outcomes if these problems are detected early, monitored and treated if necessary.

About 56,000 people have received metal-on-metal hip joint replacements in the UK.

When you are struggling with painful joints, getting up and down stairs can be difficult, and the risk of falling greater. A stairlift can help you stay in your own home and give you some independence. And if you need the extra flexibility and peace of mind, we offer great rental offers with maintenance taken care of. For more information about our stairlifts, give us a call on freephone 0800 074 7171, or visit our website at http://www.rentalstairlifts.co.uk.

By installing a stairlift, you can start getting the most out of each day – and most importantly improve your overall quality of life.

Speak to your doctor and look at what stairlift options are available to you, or give us a call on 0800 0747171.

If you would prefer a more flexible option than buying a stairlift, with the peace of mind that full warranty, easy payment terms and a great after care package brings, we can help.

We offer rental stairlifts for both straight and curved staircases. We offer easy, flexible payment terms and you can hire the stairlift for the time you need it. We offer expert installation, full warranty and a fantastic after care package. Please see our services page for more details.

Common signs you may benefit from a stairlift in your home

While the advantages of having a stairlift fitted may be genuinely life-changing, accepting you need one can actually be the hardest challenge. Here are a few signs that you may benefit from having a stairlift fitted:

Climbing the stairs is making you tired

A stairlift could give you back time and energy to get on with the things that really matter to you.

You start finding unusual ways to get up the stairs

Do you find yourself finding new incentive ways to get yourself up the stairs, crawling on all fours for instance? You could be putting yourself more at risk of falling, which could result in injuries that would make getting around much harder.

Friends and family begin to worry about you getting up the stairs

If other people are beginning to voice their concerns, it may be time to think twice about whether you really are safe going up and down the stairs unaided.

Climbing the stairs hurts your knees

Painful knees are a problem that can happen in old age. This could simply be your joints and bones weakening, or it could be due to conditions such as arthritis. Having a stairlift installed could help to prevent the problem from becoming worse.

Difficulty Breathing

If you suffer from shortness of breath on a regular basis, you are likely to struggle to climb stairs and a stairlift could obviously help with this. If you have any associated dizziness, your risk of falling could increase significantly.

Back pain

Back pain can become even more painful when climbing stairs, and can become worse if you’re constantly putting pressure on your body. A stairlift could relieve the pain.

Injuries

If you have an injury at any age which is preventing you from climbing the stairs, you could benefit from a temporary stairlift in your home. It could save you from needing constant assistance, or having to change your living situation.

Lack of independence

A strong sign you could benefit from having a stairlift in your home is if you rely on your loved ones on a daily basis. A stairlift can give you some independence back.

By installing a stairlift, you can start getting the most out of each day – and most importantly improve your overall quality of life.

Speak to your doctor and look at what stairlift options are available to you, or give us a call on 0800 0747171.

If you would prefer a more flexible option than buying a stairlift, with the peace of mind that full warranty, easy payment terms and a great after care package brings, we can help.

We offer rental stairlifts for both straight and curved staircases. We offer easy, flexible payment terms and you can hire the stairlift for the time you need it. We offer expert installation, full warranty and a fantastic after care package. Please see our services page for more details.

Leeds Stairlift Rental after sports injury

Ken from Leeds rented a stairlift after sustaining a sports injury. "At first I just moved downstairs as a temporary measure, but there were complications with my leg which made my recovery a lot longer than it should have been. I didn't want a stairlift as a permanent fixture, so renting one from Rental Stairlifts was ideal." said Ken.

"The installation was quick and straightforward, and I got to sleep in my own bedroom again. Once I've recovered, they will come and take it away again at no extra cost, plus if any maintenance in needed, it’s all included." read more>

Manchester Rental Stairlift installation

Janet, who has multiple sclerosis, fell and broke her. She then had another fall whilst recovering, breaking the same leg again. She then spent most of her time downstairs, unable to get upstairs to use the bathroom.

"“We hoped her leg would mend so that she could get up and down the stairs. But after 10 months, We began to realise that this wasn't going to happen and that Janet was going to need help getting upstairs again,” said her husband Mike. A friend of the couple recommended Rental Stairlifts. "I can finally get upstairs again!" said Janet. "I was beginning to forget what it looked like!" read more>

Bespoke solution for wheelchair access

risk of falling

Mrs S of needed a stairlift, which we promptly installed. But she also could not get her wheelchair into her house as both doors had 3 steps going up to the living floor area.

As she could not lift her legs.3 inches in height, John decided the best option would be to create a bespoke ramp to provide smooth, easy access for Mrs S's wheelchair. read more>

Installation of a rental stairlift in Bury

keeping warm in winter

Mrs Knight from Wakefield has multiple sclerosis and had a fall a year ago, which resulted in a broken leg. She spent over a year downstairs in a makeshift bedroom, unable to climb the stairs. As she suffers from multiple sclerosis, it took her much longer than usual to recover.

Her son Matthew said that he soon realised that his mum wasn't going to recover quickly, but didn't think they needed a permanent stairlift as he hoped his mum would recover eventually, so installing a rental stairlift was ideal. read more>

Installation of a rental stairlift in Wakefield

risk of falling

Mrs Knight from Wakefield has multiple sclerosis and had a fall a year ago, which resulted in a broken leg. She spent over a year downstairs in a makeshift bedroom, unable to climb the stairs. As she suffers from multiple sclerosis, it took her much longer than usual to recover. read more>

Rental Stairlifts winter safety advice

Winter can be a difficult time for people over the age of 65. Here is some useful advice about staying safe and well this winter:

Tips for keeping warm in winter

keeping warm in winter

Health problems such as rheumatism and hypothermia can deteriorate for older people with the colder weather. According to Age UK, one very common concern is keeping warm. Age UK recommend these tips help you keep warm during winter.

NHS England advises the over 65’s wear several layers of light clothes rather than one bulky layer. Warm air is trapped between the layers of clothing, helping you to keep warm. Staying as active as you can around the home will also help. Even moderate exercise can help and it’s best not to sit still for more than an hour or so. read more>

Reduce the risk of falling

risk of falling

Falls in the home are very common amongst the elderly. But many falls could be prevented. Older people may hide their falls as they are frightened of interference from social services which could lead to losing their independence. But if you take some simple steps, much pain, hospitalisation and injury could be avoided.

NHS England advises the over 65’s wear several layers of light clothes rather than one bulky layer. Warm air is trapped between the layers of clothing, helping you to keep warm. Staying as active as you can around the home will also help. Even moderate exercise can help and it’s best not to sit still for more than an hour or so. read more>

Outdoor rental stairlifts

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As the colder months approach, many elderly people worry about using the stairs outside their home. For anyone with mobility problems, using icy or slippy stairs in the winter is even more difficult than usual. An outdoor stairlift is an ideal way to allow you to use exposed staircases and stay independent for longer.

At Rental Stairlifts, we can supply and install the ideal outdoor stairlift for you needs. Outdoor stairlifts work in the same way as indoor stair lifts - you sit in the seat, buckle the safety belt, press a button and glide up or down the stairs to arrive safely at the next level. read more>

Affiliations

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Rental Stairlifts has been a member of the Keighley Town Centre Association for seven years, and we take a great amount of pride in helping to promote trade and culture within the local community.

KTCA promotes the benefits of Keighley and supports crime reduction in the town. More details >

 

 

The advantages of renting a stairlift

Renting a stairlift gives you flexibility and the ultimate peace of mind. You might require a stairlift for a short period of time, or not be able to afford one outright. There are many advantages to renting a stairlift instead of buying one.

Stairlift rental gives you the latest technology at the best price, and renting a stairlift is one of the most cost effective means of having a stairlift fitted in your home. More details >

Stairlift guide

Brooks-Lincoln-straight-stairlift

Most stairs can be fitted with a stairlift, even those with curved walls or unusually shaped or narrow stairways. Stairlifts can be installed quickly can look very neat as they fold back to the wall. If you have very narrow stairs, you may need to fit a standing or perching lift such as the Brooks Lincoln sit / stand straight stairlift. view case study>

To use a stairlift you need to be able to get to the seat or platform and work the controls, although the Brooks Lincoln curved 80 stairlift has a unique joystick option which allows users with severe arthritis to operate the stairlift using only part of the hand. If you're considering a standing lift, you'll obviously need to be able to stand up.

Rental stairlifts are ideal for tenants. Private tenants will need to check the terms of their tenancy agreements before fitting a stairlift. If you have an unusual stairway or some other fixed feature that would have to be changed, you'll need to consult your landlord. If you're a council tenant, contact your local council for information as the installation of a stairlift will probably have to be organised through them. Most stairlifts work from a battery, so the lift will still work if there's a power cut.

Stairlift history

Tudor stairlift

One of the very first records of a stairlift was a model created for for King Henry VIII in the early 16th century. The king used a chair that was pulled up and down a 20ft staircase on a block and tackle system by servants at Whitehall Palace. Described in royal records as 'a chair...that goeth up and down', the stairlift helped the king when he was injured through jousting,

The first modern stairlift was created by the Inclinator Company of America in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in 1924.The company founder designed a foldable chair bolted to a roller truck. The chair ran on a flanged raiI narrow enough to fit on the stairway and was raised by a cable-winding. The company’s first stairlift, the lnclinator, was sold in Pennsylvania. By the end of the year, six stairlifts were sold and installed.

Modern stairlifts have been designed and manufactured for over 80 years and can be found with a wide variety of features such as a swivel seat, special safety sensors, remote control, a key lockable isolation switch for children or grandchildren safety, a slimline fold-up design, an overspeed governor to control the speed of the stair lift to prevent sudden or rapid descent, a dual braking system, a double safety electronic and mechanical system, a safety retractable seatbelt and a smooth start / stop action for a smooth soft start and smooth soft stop operation.

Brooks Lincoln sit / stand straight stairlift

sit stand stairlift side view Brooks sit stand stairlift

Many of our customers ask us for advice about finding a stairlift they can stand up on to overcome problems with sitting after a knee or hip operation, or severe arthritis. We can recommend a stairlift built specifically to overcome problems with sitting.

If you have problems with your knees, or would prefer to stand rather than sit, the Brooks Lincoln sit / stand straight stairlift is ideal. The sit / stand frame allows the user of the stairlift to stand on the footrest, whilst holding onto a special folding security bar for stability. It is ideal for those who may have problems with bending their knees. The user can choose to ascend and descend the stairs in either the usual seated position or to stand, making it ideal for multiple users with different requirements to use the stairlift.

Christmas installation

We can't believe how quickly time flies here at Rental Stairlifts, and are coming up to our Christmas rush period. "We always seem to get a big increase in orders at this time of year", says sales manager John Sugden. "And we always do our best to make sure that each customer has their stairlift installed in time for Christmas".

So if you would like us to arrange a visit to see how we can help you access your house fully again, please get in touch as soon as possible to allow us to help you in time for Christmas.

30 year old stairlift still going strong

antique stairlift side view

This antique stairlift, originally manufactured by Bison Bede way back in 1985, is still going strong and apparently hasn't been serviced for over five years, amazing!

The daughter of the stairlift owner, Mrs Kapinski, asked Rental Stairlifts to call in and quote for a new stairlift replacement for her elderly mother, but when sales representative Bill Taylor called to see Mrs Kapinski she almost turned him away telling him that the old stairlift works like a dream and she had no intention of replacing it. "If it ain't broken leave well alone", she told Bill.

antique stairlift side view 2As a good will gesture, Rental Stairlifts sent out engineer Andy to check the stairlift's overall condition and, after a brief inspection, he declared it was in 'excellent working condition for its age.' Andy added: "I'm sure if modern appliances were made to the high standard they were manufactured in the old days like this old relic we would save a fortune not having to replace things."

After showing Mrs Kapinski a brochure of the latest modern lifts she said she preferred the look of the one she had. "He he, sorry Bill, you can't win them all," said Mrs Kapinsky

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Arthritis in the UK

Brooks-Lincoln-straight-stairlift

Arthritis awareness charity Arthritis Care published findings from a recent study which suggests over 70% of arthritis sufferers are enduring constant pain. Osteoarthritis is a condition that affects millions of people across the UK. The effect of osteoarthritis varies greatly from person to person but for most it’s a constant source of pain and stiffness. It can make the most trivial daily tasks a painstaking mission.

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis in the UK, commonly causing stiffness and pain in the joints. When a suffered develops osteoarthritis the cartilage covering the ends of bones within the joint wears thin and the bone below often thickens. We offer stairlifts specially designed to help overcome problems associated with osteoarthritis. Read more...

 

Stairlift rental cost guide

Stairlift rental gives you the latest stairlift technology at the lowest price, and renting a stairlift is one of the most cost effective means of having a stairlift fitted in your home. It's an excellent option for customers who don't want the worry and expense of the maintenance and servicing costs of a stairlift. Renting a Stairlift will obviously be cheaper in the short term than buying one. You will also save money on maintenance and repair should anything go wrong. But how do you determine which model and monthly cost is best for you? Take a look at our rental stairlift cost guide to find out more>

 

Rental Stairlift installation in Manchester

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We recently installed a stairlift in Manchester for an elderly lady who has been having trouble getting up the stairs. She has a limited budget but found our stairlift rental package ideal for her, and the on-going free maintenance package gave her much needed peace of mind.

The staircase was curved, but we created the perfect solution with a drop down transfer platform, which created further savings through avoiding having a more expensive curved stairlift fitted. "Thank you so much for giving me back my house" said Mrs. Sitwell, Manchester

The stairlift comes with the latest features such as remote, easy to use controls, padded upholstery, gentle start/stop function, a swivel seat and the latest safety features. When you rent a curved stairlift solution from Rental Stairlifts, we will service it regularly and keep it in safe working order, so you don't have to worry about any extra maintenance costs. In the unlikely event that there is any problem with your rental stairlift, you can be assured that help is only a phone call away. Our stairlifts can be fully installed within 2-3 working days from your free site survey. We aim to get your lift installed as soon as possible after you've made your decision because we know how important and life changing a stairlift can be. We installed Mrs. Sitwell's stairlift within 48 hours of her contacting us.

Installation in time for Christmas

christmas installation

Louise Duffy was facing the prospect of spending Christmas in hospital this year as she is recovering from an operation at Leeds General Infirmary and doctors were reluctant to discharge her unless her house had a stairlift fitted.

But Louise's house has a complex curved style staircase, and she thought a stairlift wouldn't fit. So, Louise had resigned herself to staying in hospital over the Christmas period and missing out on all the family celebrations. However, a relative contacted Rental Stairlifts on her behalf and asked if they could help.

Rental Stairlifts Sales Director John Sugden explains: "When the family explained their situation, it was clear to me that the most important thing was to have the right stairlift installed as soon as possible. And, given the complex curved staircase, the best option was to install the Brooks curved rental Stairlift. Renting a stairlift was also the best option for Louise as it fitted into her monthly budget, and allowed peace of mind regarding maintenance."

Louise was very happy with her new stairlift. "Thanks so much to Rental Stairlifts for the brilliant job they did for me so I could be at home with my family for Christmas," she said. "I can't tell you how grateful I am." "We were all thrilled to help Louise spend Christmas with her family," said John

Rental Stairlift installation in Sheffield

stairlift rental Sheffield

Mrs. Julian in Sheffield, who suffers from back problems, and spent over a year downstairs, unable to climb the stairs, decided to rent a stairlift from us recently.

She rented our Brooks/Acorn straight stairlift, incorporating the latest technology including the 'soft start soft finish' which allows a slow gradual acceleration to prevent any uncomfortable sudden jerks or jolts. People with back problems such as spondylitis of the spine have found this facility helps them enormously

"I can't thank you enough You've given me my house back!" said Mrs. Julian.

Rental Stairlift installation in Bury

stairlift rental Bury

Mr. Thompson in Bury rented a stairlift from Rental Stairlifts recently. He has suffered from arthritis for several years in his legs and hands, and was worried that he may not be able to operate a stairlift, but Rental Stairlifts advised him on a model that would be ideal for his condition.

The Brooks Lincoln curved 80 stairlift has a unique rocker switch or joystick option available which enable users with severe arthritis to be able to operate the stairlift using only part of the hand . "Stairlift Rental were fantastic in helping us find a stairlift my husband could easily and painlessly operate," said Mrs. Thompson.

The curved Brooks/Acorn 80 is a great choice for people with arthritis in their hands as the operator/user does not need to push button controls which require a steadier hand than a joy stick or rocker switch.

20 years of stairlift installations

Rental Stairlifts are set to celebrate 20 years of stairlift installations next year. The company began selling and installing stairlifts in 1995, and have installed nearly 10,000 over the years their first rental stairlift installation in Burnley.

"I love helping people see that they can actually stay on their own homes, even if they have a severe disability," says Sales Director John Sugden. "That's what makes the job so special, especially in the case of some of our more elderly customers." Here's to the next 20 years of specialist Stairlift advice and installation!

Introducing The New Style Brooks Lincoln Seat

new Brooks Lincoln seat

Our most popular brand new straight stairlift, the Brooks Lincoln Stairlift has had a seat redesign.

The new improvements to the Brooks Lincoln bring many benefits for customers, and additional functionality. Completely redesigned with the user in mind, the new seat demonstrates a clean modern design, and a significant increase in comfort and usability. The overall size has been reduced, which, in addition to making the seat more aesthetically pleasing, allows for use on narrower staircases without any loss of comfort. The seating shape and position has been adjusted, making for a more ergonomic ride, with even greater flexibility provided for the user with the newly positioned paddle controls, adjusted to give easier access than ever before.

Complying with all current safety standards, the new Brooks seat has a wealth of improved features; new arm interlocks prevent accidental use when alighting to and from the seat, and the seatbelt has been moved higher for increased comfort when locking and unlocking. • Clean modern design • Reduced size • Ergonomic seating position • Easy access to controls • Paddle levers on each arm • Improved seatbelt positioning Here are the latest dimensions and measurements of the new style Brooks Lincoln seat (click to enlarge):

Our 10,000th customer!

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Mrs Khalid in Blackburn was the lucky recipient of the 10,000th stairlift installation from Rental Stairlifts this week. Sales Director John Sugden surprised her as the engineers were finishing the installation by presenting her with a bottle of champagne.

"I couldn't believe it!" said Mrs Khalid. "It was such a nice surprise. And I'm so pleased with my new stairlift!"

The company has been established for 20 years next year, and have gone from strength to strength over the years. "The technology has come such a long way since we started," said John. "Stairlifts now have diagnostic displays which actually show a numerical fault code display which highlights the actual problem with the lift, so a common problem such as turning the power off at the mains switch can be highlighted on the display window to notify the user of that problem. Other advances now include soft start and soft finish which prevents the old age problem of shuddering the user to a uncomfortable sudden jolt when starting the stairlift or stopping it. All these advances inevitably amount to a more comfortable,reliable and  pleasant experience for stairlift user which of course is our primary goal." Who knows what the next 20 years will bring!"

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