OT Advice On Buying A Stairlift
When I’m advising a client on buying a stairlift, I’ll consider my client’s individual needs, abilities, and living situation. Here are some steps I might take when going through the evaluative process to consider buying a stairlift:
1. Assessment of Client’s Needs:
I will conduct an assessment of the client’s mobility, strength, balance, and any specific challenges they face while using stairs.
2. Home Assessment:
Without fail, I will always visit the client’s home to evaluate the layout, dimensions, and design of the staircase. I’ll also consider factors like the presence of handrails, any tight corners, or potential obstacles.
3. Discussion of Options:
Based on the home assessment, I will discuss different stairlift options with the client. This could include straight or curved stairlifts and considerations for the client’s specific needs.
4. Safety Considerations:
I will emphasise safety features, such as seat belts, sensors, and emergency stop buttons. I may also discuss additional safety modifications to the home like handrails or non-slip flooring.
If possible, I recommend my client to visit a stairlift showroom to try out different models to get a feel for how they operate. They might also demonstrate how to use the stairlift safely.
6. Budget and Funding Options:
I’ll provide information on the cost of different models and suggest potential funding sources, such as county council grants.
7. Recommend Stairlift Company:
I’m in a fortunate position in that I work for Beechfield Healthcare which are the company behind Beechfield Stairlifts, Ireland’s largest supplier of stairlifts. I have no hesitation in recommending Beechfield Stairlifts.
8. Documentation and Records:
I document every aspect of the home assessment, recommendations, and any specific instructions given to the client. This information can be useful for future reference or for grant purposes.
It’s important to note that the specific steps may vary depending on the client’s unique circumstances, such as their physical abilities, the layout of their home, and their budget constraints. My goal is to help the client make an informed decision when buying a stairlift that enhances their safety and independence at home.