The aim of this factsheet is to provide information on equipment to assist someone getting up and down stairs, and details about the useful features of different types of stairlifts.
If it has become difficult or impossible for you to get up and down the stairs, you face a choice of options: living downstairs, moving to a bungalow or ground floor flat, or installing adaptations, such as rails or a stairlift. The first option may not be practical because, although it may be possible to move a bed downstairs, providing bathroom facilities can prove difficult and costly and the downstairs living space will be reduced. The option of moving is not only costly but may result in the loss of good friends and neighbours when you relocate. Installing adaptations is often the most practical and economical option.