Stairlift Grants

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Do you qualify for a stairlift grant? This funding option is worth exploring if you need to buy a stairlift but are struggling with the cost.

Living with a mobility impairment or disability can be incredibly challenging as it is, particularly when it comes to navigating your own home. Climbing stairs can be difficult, if not impossible, for some individuals, which can lead to a loss of independence and a decreased quality of life. However, the cost of installing a stairlift can be expensive for many, especially for those on a limited income. This is where stairlift grants come in.

There are many grants available. Depending on your unique circumstances, the amount of financial assistance available to you will vary. At their core, stairlift grants are about giving people the support they need to live with dignity and autonomy, and we believe that this is something worth celebrating and supporting.

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Where can I find stairlift grants?

Often, your assigned social care worker or specialist nurse is a good place to start. They can offer advice on the current stairlift grants available in your area. Usually, the first places to look at are:

Looking for available stairlift grants in your area? Turn2Us is a registered charity that offers a handy Grant Finder tool.

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What is the Disabled Facilities Grant?

The Disabled Facilities Grant is a government-funded grant that helps individuals with a disability or long-term illnesses make essential adaptations to their homes.

You can use it to fund:

  • Stairlifts
  • Ramps
  • Widening doors
  • Accessibility features for bathroom and kitchen facilities

The DFG is designed to help individuals remain living independently in their own homes and to make it easier for them to carry out day-to-day tasks without assistance. The grant can also help to reduce the risk of falls or other accidents, which can be particularly important for older individuals or those with mobility issues.

To see if you or a family member qualifies, you’ll need to talk to your local council. Some councils will allow you to apply online – note, you will be asked to provide medical proof along with your application form so it’s a good idea to start getting all this information together.

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Can I get a stairlift with the NHS?

Although the NHS directly cannot give you a stairlift grant, they can aid in the process. They will work with local authorities through a home assessment, and an occupational therapist will assess your needs.

An occupational therapist can’t tell you what type of stairlift you need, it is a stairlift engineer that can access your home and advice you on what stairlift will best suit the needs of your home.

There are two types of stairlifts available, straight stairlifts and curved stairlifts. Straight stairlifts are best for stairs that don’t feature a landing or bend. Whilst curved stairlifts, as the name suggests, are best suited for curved staircases or staircases with a landing. A specialist will help you choose one is fits your home seamlessly.

What is covered by a stairlift grant?

Your grant coverage will depend on the provider and the unique necessities of your case. After a home assessment, it will be determined whether you need more than just a stairlift. For example, you might also be given funds for an accessible shower installation or other mobility aids, such as access ramps or walking aids.

If approved, your grant will generally cover any equipment and adaptations in your home that are required. This includes the cost of installation, as well as the purchase price and any necessary modifications to your home to accommodate the lift. 

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How do I qualify for a stairlift grant?

The eligibility criteria for stairlift grants can vary depending on the local council or charity that provides the funding. However, generally, applicants must be homeowners or tenants and have a medical condition or disability that makes using the stairs difficult or dangerous. 

This may include physical disabilities, such as arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, or mobility issues related to ageing or injury.

Grants take into consideration your household income, mobility issues, and your general financial situation. For example, the government-funded Disabled Facilities Grant is a means-tested fund, meaning that your income or assets will be taken into consideration when determining your eligibility.

Some grants are purely based on mobility issues and medical diagnosis and others will be based on the area in which you live. 

Whose financial situation is considered?

Assistance provided for stairlift grants is based on the income of the entire household, which includes both the disabled person and their spouse or partner’s capital and income. Usually, it is given to individuals or families who have low incomes or are going through financial difficulty.

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How do I apply?

To apply for a stairlift grant in the UK, applicants will typically need to fill out an application form with a statement of disabilities and provide supporting documentation, such as medical records or proof of income. After that, it is time for the home assessment, which will be carried out by either an occupational therapist, a nurse, or a social worker.

After enquiring at your local non-profit or council office, they will let you know how the application process goes – this will likely require filling out an application form either physically or online.

Once your application process is successful, you’ll go on a waiting list to receive your stairlift grant. How long this will be will depend – it could be a couple of weeks or more. If you’re applying for the Disabled Facilities Grant, it can take up to 6 months. 

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What other options do I have if I need a stairlift but can't get a grant?

Unfortunately, stairlift grants are not available everywhere in the UK and the eligibility factors may also vary.

If, for whatever reason, you don’t qualify for a grant but are still struggling for money towards a much-needed stairlift, there are other options.

Your stairlift options with Senior Stairlifts

At Senior Stairlifts, we offer rental stairlifts for when you need temporary access to one. This is often an affordable way to get the short-term aid that you require. One of the great benefits of rental stairlifts is that you can use them without any upfront expense. We are transparent about all our maintenance fees and plans, so speak to one of our engineers today for more information about rental stairlifts.

We also offer reconditioned stairlifts, which are equally high-quality and affordable options for those who require a stairlift but are struggling financially. Our experienced team of engineers specialise in bringing stairlifts back to life so you can rest assured of their reliability and condition. 

Our reconditioned stairlifts are never older than 12 months and go through a rigorous process before they’re deemed safe. We know exactly where all our stairlifts come from, as they often come from our own customers that choose to donate their unit or simply no longer need it. 

VAT Relief

The cost of purchasing and installing a stairlift can be a significant expense to many families. If you meet the requirements of HMRC’s definition of ‘chronically sick or disabled’, however, you may be eligible for VAT Relief.

To see if you qualify, you’ll need to fill out a User VAT Declaration form. Eligible customers won’t have to pay any VAT at the time of purchase, which will take a chunk off the total lift price. 

In addition, if you’re over the age of 60, you might be eligible to reduced VAT on your stairlift and any other mobility aid.

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With so much choice, choosing a stairlift can be overwhelming or you may be unsure whether you need a straight stairlift or a curved one. Our free stairlift survey takes the pressure off and makes choosing your ideal stairlift easy.

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Getting a stairlift can seriously improve the quality of life of your family but, with so many options, it can be difficult to make a choice that is best for you. Our company values lie in helping people and providing them with low-cost no-nonsense solutions.

We are not a sales-focused company, we are just here to help you in a time of need. Instead of a sales team, we have a dedicated team of engineers with years of experience in stairlift fittings, they can offer friendly advice and go above and beyond with their customer service.

There are no hidden fees or sneaky prices. At Senior Stairlift, we are committed to honesty and transparency. 

Get a quote on any of our stairlifts with one of our expert engineers today!

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Looking for a curved stairlift for your mobility needs can feel overwhelming. With so many options to choose from, it can be difficult to discern what would be best for you and your home, which is why Senior Stairlifts are here to help. With our 24/7 phone line, you’re guaranteed to talk directly to one of our experienced engineers who are available to answer any questions and advise on your next steps. We don’t believe in overselling or giving you guff – just simple, honest pricing from our experts themselves.

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