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Returning home from hospital

Leaving hospital can be daunting for many older people. Here is some information about what should happen when you leave hospital and some tips on how to prepare for your return home.

The staff on the ward you are in should discuss your needs with you and your relatives and carers, and will work with you to plan your discharge before you leave hospital. You shouldn’t be discharged from hospital until:

It is the hospital’s responsibility to ensure that you don’t leave unless adequate arrangements for your help at home have been made. Getting a bit of extra help can help to boost your recovery, re-build your confidence, and so give you a better chance of living safely at home again.

Services called ‘intermediate care’ or ‘re-ablement’ services offer this type of help. These services could include a social worker, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, speech therapist, mental health nurse or dietitian. read more>

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


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>


Keighley Town Centre Association logo

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


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

old stairliftantique stairlift

Arthritis in the UK


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

stairlift rental installation

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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The summer special offer

We offer stairlift rental from only £245 initial payment and £10 per week*

Rental Stairlifts can offer the newest stairlift models manufactured to the highest standards by the top brands in the industry, We offer flexible rental stairlift options, and for your complete peace of mind, all our products are fully guaranteed and meet the current British Standards for safety.

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