Guide to Buying a Stairlift

featuring Dr Hilary Jones

Living with osteoarthritis… and how Acorn can help

12:00am & Health

The biggest single reason why people invest in a life-enhancing Acorn Stairlift is osteoarthritis.

Often called “wear and tear arthritis”, it is the most common form of arthritis and, as its informal name suggests, is usually (though not always) linked to getting older.

Around 8 out of 10 people over 50 are affected to some degree by osteoarthritis (OA), which causes pain and stiffness in the joints. It usually develops gradually over several years and can affect a number of different joints, but when the weight-bearing joints in the hips, knees and ankles are affected, it can begin to restrict mobility.

Although there is no cure for OA, the condition may settle down after a number of years and there is plenty that people can do to relieve their symptoms and make life easier. One of the best sources of information and advice on all types of arthritis is leading UK charity Arthritis Care. Its website is packed with information on all aspect of the musculoskeletal condition and it also operates a free and confidential helpline service on 0808 800 4050.

The charity has also produced a helpful and information-packed 52-page booklet on “Living with Osteoarthritis” which can be read online or downloaded from its website by clicking here. You can also order a printed copy of the booklet (and a range of others produced by Arthritis Care) by clicking here.

One of the biggest challenges for people suffering from OA is the stairs in their home. When the condition leads to painful and stiff joints and begins to restrict mobility, both climbing and descending the stairs can become an uncomfortable and daunting experience. At worst, it can be unsafe, and the one place in your home where you really don’t want to fall is on your stairs.

The simple answer to overcoming this difficulty and ensuring your ongoing safety is to install an award-winning British-made Acorn Stairlift. It removes the obstacle of stairs at a single stroke, effectively turning your two-storey home into a bungalow. Investing in an Acorn Stairlift means you can carry on living independently in the home you love and enjoying full and easy access to all of it.

Instead of soldiering on in pain and discomfort you can let your Acorn Stairlift take the strain and glide you smoothly and safely up and down the stairs whenever you like. No more worries about falling on the stairs, either for you or the loved ones who care about your welfare.

Some people worry that their stairs are too narrow, steep or unusual for a stairlift, but at Acorn there is virtually no staircase situation we haven’t come across before, or been able to provide a solution for. Our pioneering FastTrack® modular rail system for curved staircases enables our experienced installation engineers to assemble a bespoke stairlift rail on site in just a few hours, precisely following the contours of your stairs.

It also slashes the waiting time for a stairlift from several weeks to just a few days. In cases where urgency is paramount, we can often install an Acorn Stairlift the very next day. All our stairlifts fix to the stairs, not the wall, so there is no messy or disruptive structural work, and no rewiring as the stairlift simply plugs into the nearest available domestic socket.

This provides the current to recharge the stairlift’s powerful battery pack whenever it is ‘parked’ at its charging stations at the top or bottom of the stairs. Because the stairlift is powered by its batteries, not directly from the mains, it will continue to work in the event of a power outage, so you will never be stranded on the stairs.

Finally, investing in an Acorn Stairlift might be much more affordable than you think. We now manufacture more than 70,000 stairlifts per year at our factories in Yorkshire and Scotland, for installation throughout the UK and export to more than 80 countries worldwide. Somewhere in the world an Acorn Stairlift is installed every eight minutes. This ‘economy of scale’ helps keep the cost down and because we deal direct with our customers, there are no ‘middlemen’ to take a cut.

Acorn offers a one-stop-shop solution to your stairlift needs – we manufacture, sell, install and maintain our quality British-built stairlifts, with everything done in-house. To find out more and book your free, no-obligation home survey and quote, give us a call today on 0800 016 9760.

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The Arthritis Foundation's Ease-of-Use Commendation

We are proud to be the very FIRST stairlift company to earn the Arthritis Foundation's Ease-of-Use Commendation. It is yet another effort that continues to prove that Acorn Stairlifts is a pioneer in the industry, always striving to stay ahead of the game, and to help our customers by providing the absolute best solution for their needs.

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