Stowmarket Freecurve Curved Stairlift Installation
Can Stairlifts be fitted to any stairs ?
Is there such a thing as a free stairlift for pensioners?
Following retirement, most people will be keeping a little more control over their savings and spending, and when mobility issues creep in, you may find yourself asking is you can get a free stairlift for being a pensioner. Within this article we will look at the different options in grants that are availble for mobility equipment, as well as other cost effective ways of installing a stairlift in the home.
Are There Free Stairlifts for Pensioners?
In short no, as most stairlifts are installed by private companies, there are no government funded options to get a fully free stairlift however, whilst you may not get a free stairlift, there are specific savings and government grants that can help to support with the cost of installing a stairlift.
The Disabled Facilities GrantIf you think you may need help with paying for a stairlift, you might ask can I get a grant for a stairlift?. The Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) allows you to apply for funding for home adaptations.
You could get a grant from your council if you’re disabled and need to make changes to your home, for example to:
- widen doors and install ramps
- improve access to rooms and facilities - eg stairlifts or a downstairs bathroom
- provide a heating system suitable for your needs
- adapt heating or lighting controls to make them easier to use
To be eligible you must have a disability, own your property or be tenant, and live in the property for at least five years after the equipment is installed. You can apply for the DFG through your council. They will also assess whether the equipment is ‘necessary and appropriate to meet the disabled person’s needs’. So if you have difficulty using the stairs, a stairlift is a suitable option for your home.
What you'll get depends on your:
- household income
- household savings over £6,000
Depending on your income, you may also need to pay towards the cost of the labour / work to the property.Currently the Country Grants are as follows: England Up to £30,000, Wales Up to £36,000, Northern Ireland Up to £25,000. (data correct as of April 2022)
Other cost effective solutions to buying a new stairlift
Renting a Stairlift
There are some cases in which buying a stairlift may not be the most ideal solution for you. Stairlift rental is an ideal option for customers who require the temporary use of a stairlift, such as after an operation or where someone is living in a certain property for a short period.
This is a cost effective solution that works out cheaper than purchasing a brand new stairlift for rental periods of up to approximately eighteen months. Rental may also suit customers who cannot fund the cost of a new stairlift.
Whilst, they’re not free for pensioners, reconditioned stairlifts are the most affordable option, aside from renting for short periods of time. Reconditioned stairlifts are used stairlifts that have been restored and refubrished to expert level, for re-sale. Cheaper than brand new models, our reconditioned stairlift prices start from as little as £600.
We supply and install a range of new and Refurbished stairlifts, home lifts, access lifts, patient handling equipment, and new stairlifts can be provided in Norwich, Cambridge and Peterborough, Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds, Ely, Lowestoft, Great Yarmouth, King's Lynn, Colchester, and all the surrounding areas.
Contact Carelift Services to discuss your mobility needs with an expert and we will arrange a time to come and visit your home and find the best lift to suit your needs.
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