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View all stairs help & advice

View all stairs help & advice These pages provide advice and suggestions relating to your stairs, stair rails, stairlifts and through floor lifts. Click on the links below to read the relevant advice. General advice on how to use this site.

Stair safety
Stair safety, possible causes of falls
Reducing the risk of falling on the stairs
Tips to avoid rushing to answer the phone

Stairs and stair rails
The different types of rails available
Installing stair rails
A glossary of stair related terms

Stairlifts
Choosing a stairlift
Stairlift features
Straight or curved rail stairlift?
Stairlift questions and answers
Stairlift blocks a door or passageway
Where to go to try a stairlift
Alternative options to stairlifts
Buying a stairlift privately

Through floor lifts
Through-floor lift features
Is a through-floor lift practical in my home?

Assessment and funding
Possible sources of funding
Occupational therapy assessment

Sample case studies
Case studies of stair equipment in use

References and further information
Links to relevant websites
Bibliography and references
Making complaints or reporting unsafe products

If you would like similar advice regarding safety on your stairs, stair rails, stairlifts and other stair related products then you could try the stairs section of AskSARA. AskSARA is the Disabled Living Foundation (DLF)'s free online self assessment tool. AskSARA will ask you questions about yourself and your environment (in this instance your staircase) and then offer relevant advice, product suggestions and supplier details.
click here for AskSARA's stairs section

All advice is either supported by references (cited in the text) or is based upon peer reviewed professional opinion. Our advice is impartial and not influenced by sponsors or product suppliers listed on the site.
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