If you are having difficulty managing to get up and down the stairs, an Occupational Therapist (OT) can carry out an assessment with you. They will explore a range of options to best suit your needs, including additional bannisters, and in the most difficult situations may recommend the installation of a stairlift.
If you have a straight staircase and meet the criteria, your OT will help you with the provision of a stairlift.
If, however, you have stairs that curve round or have a landing midway, a curved stairlift would be required which may be eligible for a grant from East Lothian Council. A curved stairlift needs to be designed and manufactured to the specific dimensions of your staircase. Your OT and the stairlift manufacturer will discuss with you the best design. The stairlift normally takes approximately 4 – 6 weeks to manufacture. Care & Repair can assist you with the grant application and, if appropriate, identify other possible charitable funding.