Stairlifts are for people who have trouble getting up and down stairs; either due to an ongoing condition such as arthritis or multiple sclerosis or following an operation that has temporarily reduced their strength and flexibility.
An Occupational Therapist (OT) can assess whether a stairlift is suitable. In some cases a stairlift may not be the best solution for your condition, lifestyle or home. Some people’s joints deteriorate faster if they are not exercised regularly, weight may limit your choices, or you may not have the level of mobility and dexterity to get on and off the stairlift’s seat and operate the controls. An OT will be able to give you a physical assessment and help you determine if a stairlift is the best option for you.