It is possible to save money by buying a second hand lift, but it is advisable to purchase from a lift manufacturer, or an authorised company dealing in reconditioned lifts. The company should have checked that the lift meets current safety standards, and will provide a guarantee.
As these are second hand your choice of colour and style may be limited.
When considering which stairlift, and which features, best suits your needs an individual assessment with an occupational therapist is strongly recommended.
The tracking for straight stairlifts can usually be re-sited. The track of a curved stairlift cannot be re-sited in another house. However, with some makes, a new track can be made to fit your house and the second hand seat unit and motor can be used with it. Be wary of curved tracking that is offered second hand as this is not good practice.
Once the stairlift has been installed, it is advisable to set up a service / maintenance contract with a company who you will be able to call on 24 hours a day if mechanical difficulties arise. Annual maintenance is recommended.
As with new seated stairlifts the user must be able to sit safely on the seat during transit and transfer on and off at the top and bottom of the stairs.
swivel seat and lift-up armrests may make
transfers onto and off the seat easier.
A swivel seat can be manually or
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