This section includes handrails, newel rails and rails which can move with you as you go up /down the stairs.
Getting up or down steps and stairs may be made easier by installing grab rails and / or stair rails. Many people find having a handrail on both sides of the stairs provides extra support so if you only have a rail, or banister, on one side you could consider installing a stair rail at the same height on the other side of the staircase.
For a diagram showing the possible location of stair rails on a sample staircase
For advice on installing stair rails to different types of wall
If you need help installing stair rails you could search for local competent traders, such as carpenters and handymen, who meet relevant standards at trustatrader.com
In many areas age concern run a handyman scheme. For a small charge, and if you are over 60, this scheme may be able to assist with small jobs such as fitting hand rails, spy holes in your door, replacing tap washers, and fitting smoke alarms or telephone extensions. To find your local age UK service click here.
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