A disabled stairlift is a wonderful solution to get back your independence. Whether your staircase has bends, corners, right angles or 180° turns; it is not an issue because no matter how complicated your stair case is there is a stairlift out there for you. These lifts are typically for those who are wheelchair-bound. They support lots of weight and make sure that the user complete’s the journey safely. Please note that they are not suitable for staircases which lead to a higher floor, for those purposes, you should look at our Through-Floor Stairlifts.
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Typical Features of a Wheelchair Stairlift
- Travel up to 2 floors
- Self leveling mechanism
- Carry up to 200kg
- Compact Solution
- Strong yet lightweight aluminium frame
- Easy access ramp
- On board Diagnostic Display
- User friendly controls
Prices from £2950
Wheelchair Lifts are a Great Option
Wheelchair lifts are sometimes referred to as handicap lifts. However, handicap lifts cover other lifts such as through floor lifts as well. Where as wheelchair lifts typically refer to those that don’t go through a floor. They’re a wonderful solution for people who are restricted to wheelchairs. We understand that not only is it difficult to man-oeuvre around, but stairways become absolutely impossible.
For example, those people in wheelchairs will not be able to go up their stairs without assistance from a carer. However, to help these people climb the stairs, they could install wheelchair platform lifts.
These lifts can lift elderly and disabled people anything from a few inches, to about 15 feet . Thus they are usually enough for anyone’s house.
Wheelchair lifts don’t just come in one shape and size either. The wide range of choice that you have in wheelchair lifts make it a wonderful choice for the elderly and wheelchair user’s.
Also, they don’t need many structural changes because they come in a variety of platform sizes. The standard being a 750-lb lifting capacity. Wheelchair platform lifts run off different driving systems:
- Battery-powered belt-driven
- Battery-powered hydraulic
You can also use them outdoors. For this purpose, they can come prepared with tinted windows and an acrylic dome for weather protection. You can also select fire-rated doors, automatic gates, doors and extra-width gates. A remote control with a lock is available on most wheelchair platform lifts from some leading manufacturers. This is to deter unauthorized access. This is just one safety feature that wheelchair lifts offer. They come installed with all the necessary safety features that other stairlifts have.
Wheelchair lifts are quite on the larger side. However, when not in use, they can be folded away (just like stairlifts). Not only do they make difficult places accessible to wheelchair users but they are not a hindrance to non-wheelchair users. Everyone benefits from them. To top it all off, engineers can fit them on any staircase, almost anywhere. For example they can install them for businesses or homes, for narrow staircases or wide. They are very flexible.
Installing Wheelchair Stairlifts
Installing a wheelchair stairlift can be a complicated business that should be left to professional installers. Where space is desperately needed, the stair lift is usually installed on the staircase itself. However, when space is plentiful, the wheelchair stairlift can be installed on the wall.
Installation of wheelchair stairlifts is pretty simple (for the engineers) and need only take around an hour or so. They simply attach to the straight staircase. Installation of the stairlift is usually carried out by the companies themselves. However, impartial retailers such as UK Stairlifts, also install handicap chair lifts. These companies and resellers have experienced installers and it’s much safer than risking installing a handicap stair lift yourself.
In many cases, a wheelchair stairlift is a much better option than an elevator. Not only does it restore confidence and offer a new lease on life, but it provides a much easier installation – elevators and similar lifts need a much more technical approach.
Are you a Business looking to install Wheelchair/Disabled Stairlifts?
If you are a business and are considering purchasing a wheelchair lift, it is definitely an excellent idea. For one you are allowing customers and staff easy access to all areas of the building. Secondly, by making a public building accessible to the elderly and disabled, you are maximizing your customer base and complying to the disability legislation. Thus, you can target a wider audience.
Two Types; Electric and Hydraulic
A wheelchair lift in the home saves time and offers independence to the disabled person. Furthermore, residential wheelchair lifts come in two different styles: electric and hydraulic wheel chair lifts.
For some people, price is an issue. An electric wheelchair lift will interest these people. These wheel chair lifts are driven by gears or belts. If they’re driven by gears, maintenance is simple and they’re whisper-quiet in operation, but they do tend to wear out more easily. These wheelchair lifts come in AC and DC types. The latter of which can work in a power cut. You can connect electric wheelchair lifts to telephone points, too.
There’s no electricity needed to work hydraulic wheelchair lifts. This means that, like an electric wheel chair lift, a hydraulic wheelchair lift can work even during a power cut. Hydraulic wheelchair lifts achieve their smooth movement with fluids. They are a very safe wheelchair lift option. However, proceed with caution, as hydraulic wheelchair lifts tend to be a costlier alternative. Ultimately, the decision is yours, as the buyer, it is your duty to weigh up the options. Therefore we can only give you the information needed to make that easier.
Perhaps, you only need a Disabled Walker
At UK Stairlifts, we sell a wide range of electric and manual wheelchairs, disabled scooters and other mobility products. But we also offer a variety of disabled walkers. So, here’s a look at what’s available on the disabled walkers market.
Disabled walkers are ideal if your relative’s mobility is impaired but not badly enough that they have to use a wheelchair. A disabled walker is a specialised piece of medical equipment that the elderly can use when looking for support and stability.
A typical disabled walker comprises a frame with four legs. The walker has three sides. So, this enables your relative to access the walker from behind. Disabled-walker users lift the walker as they move forwards, while stepping into the frame.
As an alternative, two-wheeled disabled walkers are ideal for those not strong enough to lift the walker. With two wheels at the front and glides in the rear, the stability is still there, without needing to raise the disabled walker.
Another possibility is the ‘rollator’. This is a four-wheeled disabled walker that, as its name suggests, rolls along. It features a seat, so that your relative can take a rest. Furthermore, users will have to operate handles or hand brakes to slow down on some models.
Obviously, disabled walkers are generally aimed at the elderly and disabled. However, they have proved popular with children who struggle to walk or have development issues. For those learning to walk, a posterior walker is useful. This is because, posterior walkers offer stability, and support the child from behind.
When using a disabled walker, it’s vitally important to get the height correct. The walker grips should align with the user’s wrists. Anything else will be uncomfortable or pose problems when transferring weight.
Disabled people get 0% added VAT on their Wheelchair Stairlifts
The rules of VAT in the UK are very complex; however, a lot of people are not aware that many people may be exempt from VAT when purchasing disabled stairlifts. The current rate of VAT we pay on goods and services now is a huge 20%. However, for equipment that is specifically for disabled people or services that are provided to adapt the home of a disabled person, are zero-rated for VAT. So this means that there will be no VAT added to your purchase.
For a person to qualify for VAT exemption on disabled stairlifts, they must be deemed “chronically disabled or sick”. This would apply to people who have “a mental or physical impairment that has a severe, long term effect on their ability to carry out everyday activities” or has “a condition that is treated by doctors as a chronic sickness or terminal illness”. If the intended user of the stair lift is not classed as chronically sick or disabled, then they wouldn’t qualify to be VAT exempt. For example, someone who has a temporary ailment such as a broken bone, or even an elderly person with no recognised ailments wouldn’t qualify. However, if you’re elderly (over the age of 60) and do not qualify for VAT relief, then you may qualify for a reduced VAT rate. So ensure you are familiar with what qualifies you for this.
To qualify for VAT relief, disabled stairlifts must also be intended for domestic or personal use. For instance, a stair lift being installed in a nursing home or commercial building would not qualify for VAT relief even if it is installed for use by a disabled person. The cost of installing disabled stairlifts into a disabled persons home would also be free of VAT, considering they fit the criteria specified above.
If you are eligible for VAT relief, when you are getting your quotations, make sure you ask the surveyor whether their services and products qualify for VAT exemption. To declare that you have a disability or a chronic sickness, you have to sign a form. You will also have to declare that the stair lift is for your own personal or domestic use. So, the manufacturer will know not to charge VAT on the price of the purchase. So you won’t need to worry about paying the 20% VAT and then have to claim it back from the government.
To find out more about VAT exemption and to get the most up-to-date information check the HM Revenue & Customs website, or discuss it with the stairlift professional who visits you to provide your free quotation. However, you should not rely on this page for legal or tax advice. So remember, you should only use it for guidance on the matter. Visit the Gov website for legal advice should you need it.
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