Stairlifts Aren't Just For The Elderly

10 Stairlift Myths and Fears : Simply Explained

My name is John Lyons and I have been supplying and installing quality stairlifts since 2005. There are a lot of misperceptions out there when it comes to installing a new stairlift.  I want to highlight the most common fears and myths of our customers.

1 : What happens if there is a power-cut?  Will my stairlift leave me stranded half way up the stairs.

Stairlifts won't leave you stranded half way up the stairs in a power cut

Stairlifts won’t leave you stranded half way up the stairs in a power cut

This will never happen. Stairlifts are DC battery powered and there are two batteries in every stairlift. Stairlifts simply plug into a socket in your home to re-charge but it is the batteries that drive the motorised unit up and down your stairs. If there is a power outage, stairlift batteries have enough stored battery power for multiple trips up and down your stairs so you will never be left stranded halfway up the stairs in a power cut.  Modern stairlifts batteries have enough capacity to keep going, even if the power cut persists over a number of days.

2 : Will a stairlift fit my narrow stairs?

There's a stairlift for every stairs

There’s a stairlift for every stairs

There is a stair lift design to fit every stairs no matter how big or small, wide or narrow. There are basically two types, namely straight and curved stairlifts. If you have a single flight of stairs, you need a straight stairlift. If you have a bend or turn, you’ll need a curved stairlift.

3 : What are the different types of stairlifts or are they all the same?

There is a wide variety of stairlifts

There is a wide variety of stairlifts

Every stairlift is different and there is a huge range when it comes to quality. If you need a stairlift for a short period of time, budget stairlifts are good value for money, with a 12-month guarantee. Mid-range stairlifts come with a 2-year guarantee. For those who need a more permanent solution in their home, high-quality stairlifts last up to 10 years and come with a 3 year written guarantee as standard.

4 : Are the walls in my house strong enough to take the weight of a stairlift?

Stairlifts are fixed to the stairs, not the walls

Stairlifts are fixed to the stairs, not the walls

Modern stairlifts are not fitted to your walls.  The track that a stairlift uses is bolted down to the steps of your stairs, not to your wall. The track is fixed to the stair treads every two or three steps so that when the stairlift is moving along the track, all the weight is sent downwards onto your stairs.

5 : If something is left on the stairs, will the stairlift crash into it?

If something is left on the stairs, the stairlift won't crash into it

If something is left on the stairs, the stairlift won’t crash into it

Crashing into something unexpected like a pet or small child is a major concern to most people. Stairlifts are fitted with safety sensors which are pressure sensitive and fitted to areas of the stairlift which are most likely to come in to contact with unexpected obstructions. Once activated, the stairlift will automatically stop. This ensures that you and your pet are always completely safe.  Once the object is removed, the stairlift will keep on going.

6 : Are stairlifts expensive? How could I afford a new one?

Stairlifts aren't expensive and there are grants available

Stairlifts aren’t expensive and there are grants available

There is a Mobility Aids Grant of €6000 available to offset the price of a stairlift, to those who are eligible.  Contact our office on (021) 432 0052 for further information.  The price of a stairlift depends on 3 things. Firstly, the quality of stairlift chosen, secondly the options needed by the customer and thirdly the shape of your stairs. As a guide, straight stairlifts range in price from €1,500 to €2,500 ex VAT. Curved stairlifts range in price from €5,000 to €6,500 ex VAT. When compared to the cost of refurbishing your home to make it level access, it is not that expensive. Also compared to the costs involved when someone falls down the stairs and gets injured, it is not that expensive.

7 : Are stairlifts only used by old people?

Stairlifts aren't just for the elderly

Stairlifts aren’t just for the elderly

Cork Stairlifts have fitted stairlifts for customers in the 20s, 30s and 40s right up to people over 100 years of age.  Anyone who struggle’s going up and down stairs such as young people who’ve suffered sports injuries to those who suffer from arthritis, joint pain or back pain can fit a stairlift in their home.  When it comes to age, knee and hip joint pain in partricular does not discriminate.  It affects people of all ages in different ways. Irrespective of your age, a stairlift will get you up and down your stairs safely and pain-free.

8 : Am I too heavy or too tall or small for a stairlift?

There's the right stairlift for everyone

There’s the right stairlift for everyone

If you weigh 25 stone a bariatric stairlift can be installed.  If you’re very tall, the stairlift seat can be positioned back from the rail to give you more leg room. If you are very small, there are seat configurations such as the Ergo Seat that can be used to make the stairlift more comfortable. Your stairlift is designed exactly to your size and measurements so that it suits your individual size and weight.

9 : Will a stairlift get in the way of other stairs users?

A stair lift won't get in the way

A stair lift won’t get in the way

When a stairlift is parked at the top or bottom of the stairs, the footrest, arm rest and seat are all folded up so that they are out of the way of other stairs users.  Stairlifts can also be sent back upstairs when not in use. Then when they are needed, they can be called back down using hand-held remote controls so that they are not in the way during the day. Stairlifts can also be parked away from the top and bottom of the stairs by extending the rail of the stairs so that the chair is parked away from the stairs. If a stairlift finishes by a doorway, a power hinged rail option is available which can fold the rail back onto itself, so that it is out of the way.  By folding the rail back, any potential trip hazard is removed at the bottom of the stairs or by a doorway.

10 : Is there a lot of work involved in a stairlift installation?

The stair lift installation is easy and straight forward

The stair lift installation is easy and straight forward

Fitting a stairlift is very easy and straight forward. Straight stairlifts can be fitted in half a day while curved stairlifts take up to one day. There is very little mess and inconvenience to the customer. In general, the thoughts of the job are the worst.


If you have any further questions, please email [email protected] or check out our facebook page Cork Stairlifts.  John Lyons of Cork Stairlifts has been installing quality stairlifts since 2005 so if you would like more information on stairlift grants visit our website or phone the Cork Stairlifts office on (021) 432 0052.  We look forward to hearing from you.