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An Easier Ascension: Stairlifts.

An Easier Ascension: Stairlifts.

Your home is your home. Whether you’re looking at mobility solutions for yourself or for a loved one, at Pearce Brothers Mobility, our priority is to keep the user as relaxed and safe as possible within their own comfortable space. 

Looking for a new house that is one-story or somewhere else to be can be costly and uncomfortable. Home is home, and compromised mobility shouldn’t do anything to change that. In this article, we’re going to be looking at different kinds and styles of stairlifts. 

Finding the “best” stairlift should always mean finding the best solution for the specific user’s needs. At Pearce Brothers, we have many years of experience in fitting and servicing stairlifts, which is why we only offer and install the very best and most reliable products on the market. 

Let’s look at some different varieties.

Directional Differences

Straight 

If the staircase you need fit with a stairlift is one straight shot from top to bottom, you’ll need a straight stairlift. 
 
Additionally, straight stairlifts can be much less expensive than a curved and can take less time from order to installation. 
 
Don’t worry if your stairs are not one straight line, you might still be eligible for a straight stair lift. So long as there is ample room on the stair landing and the user has the strength and balance to transfer from one chair to another, you may consider installing two separate straight stairlifts, one for each section of the staircase. 
 
Safety is always a priority, and we can help you evaluate if the user is going to be able to safely utilize this style. We will also work to see if this more budgeted version of this system is right for you and your home.
 

Curved 

Depending on your staircase, you may require a stairlift that can travel around corners, up spiral staircases or across intermediate flat landings. A curved stairlift eliminates the need for multiple straight stairlifts by providing a continuous solution that travels seamlessly from the bottom of a staircase to the top. 
 
This fit is custom, and we offer a specially measured and ordered system for the user’s home and individual stairs. This custom fit means that we can accommodate complicated designs like a spiral staircase or any other complex layout. 
 

Pearce Brothers Models 

Elan/Elite 

Indoor At Pearce Brothers, we have several different variations of the stairlifts 
 
We're going to start by looking at the straight stairlifts. One of the most popular straight stairlifts is the Elan indoor straight. 
 
The design offers a mix of high-quality standard functionality, unsurpassed reliability, and ease of use design. Made in the USA, the Bruno helps you stay in your home with comfort, ease, and dependability. 
 
The Elan straight is very adaptable. There are multiple options for individual needs, and can be made incredibly compact when the arms, footrest, and seat are folded. Additionally, it has a sleek appearance with a covered gear rack and a smooth ride. 
 
One step up from Bruno Elan is the Elite indoor straight (30st Weight Capacity). This model combines quality comfort and style to create the highest quality of stair lift with the most stylized appearance. 
 
This design offers the same customisation, luxury design, and even more sleek appearance. There are also eight colours and fabric combinations to make this a truly custom-fit experience. 
 

Flow Stairlifts 

Flow stairlifts specialize in fitting in with your existing decor and providing accessible and comfortable elegance to your stairlift experience. Flow is available with either a manual or automatic power swivel option. 
 
Where staircase width is a challenge. The Advanced Ride monitoring system of the powered swivel feature turns the chair and footrest to travel past narrow staircase sections.
 
This makes the flow a great option for any staircase, including narrow ones which would otherwise have been judged not suitable for a Stairlift. Additionally, the end of the flow track can curve to fit the slight drop off of straightaway staircases. 
 

The Home Glide 

The next model we're going to look at is the Home Glide. The Home Glide combines several different features to make it one of the best options currently on the market. 
 
The Home Glide is ergonomic, easy to use, and installed very quickly. The Home Glide is incredibly cost effective while also being one of the easiest to use and most innovative models available. Because of its advanced technology, the home glide has a quick installation minimally disrupting the life of the user. 
 
This stair lift is a great option for most users. For the design conscious, the home Glide Extra provides a premium stairlift experience for those who want extensive options, luxury, and elegance.
 
With an extensive choice of fabric colours in compact dimensions, the home glide extra is a beautiful and discreet addition to any home. Also installed quickly and easily, the Home Glide Extra provides everything the home glide does, and then little bit more. 
 

Otolift Air Stairlift 

This stair lift has become a customer favourite due to its modern design and advanced technology. This ground breaking experience provides you comfort and certified safety. 
 
This is a great lift for the steep and narrow side of your stairs. It allows your existing handrail to remain in place while still installing a comfortable and sleek stair lift. This provides the curve if your stairs do not have a landing or appropriate space for straight stairlifts. 
 
The thin rail can even potentially make you forget that it's there when not in use. With its automatic folding footrest, an automatic swivel seat, this chair is the pinnacle of technology. 
 
There is also a second edition of this specific stairlift, which is a fantastic improvement on an already great product. The bends have somehow become even easier to navigate, and the slim design has become even slimmer. 
 
Everything about this model was designed to be as sleek and compact as possible. This company truly believes that having a stair lift should not hinder the experience of your home or even of your stairs. 
 

Platinum Stairlifts 

Lastly, we offer the hand-built and completely custom Platinum Stairlift. This option is completely hand-built in the UK to the exact measurements of your staircase, with the chair and carriage being fully adjustable to your own size and body shape. 
 
The Platinum is completely customisable for any twist or turn of your staircase. The compact design and floor-mounted rail mean that it takes up as little space as possible and doesn't impact your home decoration or overall feel. The Platinum Stairlift is truly the top of the line for curved stairlifts. 
 

In Conclusion 

While there are so many options for different stairlifts, at Pearce Brothers Mobility, our goal is to help you find the right fit for you. We are here to help meet your needs and your budget and to settle on a style that will absolutely work for you. 
 
We understand that it's a big decision for yourself or a loved one to decide which Stairlift will ultimately be the most helpful in a home, and we want to make that process as easy as possible.
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The Next Generation Stairlift from Bruno

Bruno has launched the latest version of its Elan indoor straight stairlift, with the company promising dealers a slim rail that installs closer to the wall than any other stairlift on the market thanks to its unique vertical rail.

The stairlifts supplier’s Elan SRE-3050 model offers end-users a mix of aesthetically-pleasing style and ergonomic design says Bruno, whilst the close fit to the wall enables maximum open space on steps for friends and family.

Additionally, its innovative vertical rail offers a covered gear rack to provide a sleek appearance whilst reducing exposure to grease or dirt.

The new American-made lift also includes a number of safety features as standard, such as the offset swivel seat that rotates up to ninety degrees, extends away from the staircase and locks into place to make it easy and secure for users to get on and offer.

Available from February 2020, the new Elan boasts a 136 kg lift capacity and substantial warranty, including a lifetime warranty on major components and two-year warranty on all components after the date of installation by an authorized Bruno dealer.

For more information click here 

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We are Open and Delivering!

Providing elderly and vulnerable people with daily living products.

During the Coronavirus crisis, Pearce Brothers has been classified as an Essential Business and we are open and providing elderly and vulnerable people with daily living products and mobility equipment.

We are also providing urgent repair services for wheelchairs, scooters and stair lifts.

Pearce Brothers is open and here for you, whenever you need us most.

  • Incontinence Pads and Daily Living Aids
  • Comfort Chairs and Pressure Cushions
  • Stair Lift Installs and Repairs
  • Repairs of all essential Mobility
  • Equipment Wheelchair Hire and Supply

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Limited Contact Stairlift Installation

LIMITED CONTACT STAIRLIFT INSTALLATION PROCESS

(Updated 19-03-2020)

To those who prefer we are offering a “virtual sales call” - (no visit) and “no family contact” installation process.

Call us to discuss this 01454 323147

 

Details of how this process works:

“VIRTUAL SALES CALL” (NO VISIT)

1.      The customer takes photos (taken at a distance preferred) of:

                    - Each flight of the stairway

                    - The upper and lower landing areas (showing adjacent hallways, doorways, obstructions)

2.      Email [email protected] the photo OR describe the stairway to us and we will email you a diagram to verify

3.      We discuss all the options and give you a firm price for your preferred option

4.      We will mail you the proposal, brochure, links to videos, warranty information etc.

5.      We will discuss this with you and any other family members

6.      If you go ahead you give us a deposit and we schedule the install

7.      For a custom curved lift, we will need to come and measure – but you do not need to be present

 

 “NO FAMILY CONTACT” INSTALLATION PROCESS

1.      We call you when we are at your front door

2.      You unlock the door, but do not need to further greet the installer or be present for the installation. You can go to another part of the home

3.      He will do an exact stairway measurement, cut any rail outside, and install the lift

4.      After it is installed, he will clean up the area, wipe the lift with disinfectant, and he will call you to say he is leaving. He will leave an operating manual

5.      Final payment can be left for him or done over the phone

6.      We will walk you through usage instructions and any questions on the phone

 

Our guarantee:  If the installer determines on his visit that something was missed in the photos and we cannot install the lift then you will receive a full refund of any deposit made.

 

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How to avoid catching and spreading coronavirus (social distancing)

Everyone should do what they can to stop coronavirus spreading.

 

It is particularly important for people who:

  • are 70 or over

  • have a long-term condition

  • are pregnant

  • have a weakened immune system

 

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  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds

  • always wash your hands when you get home or into work

  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available

  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze

  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

  • avoid close contact with people who have symptoms of coronavirus

  • only travel on public transport if you need to

  • work from home, if you can

  • avoid social activities, such as going to pubs, restaurants, theatres and cinemas

  • avoid events with large groups of people

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An Occupational Therapist Guide To Stairlifts

Straight Stairlift Guide

If it becomes difficult for someone to get up and down stairs, they have limited options to chose from to overcome the problem: living downstairs, moving to a bungalow or ground floor flat or installing a domestic lift such as a stairlift or through floor lift. The first option may not be practical as issues such as providing downstairs bathroom facilities can prove difficult and costly to overcome. The second option is not only costly but may result in the loss social support. Installing a domestic lift is often the most practical and economical option.

A straight stairlift tends to be a very common solution to use in a domestic setting. The majority of users are able to walk, but find it difficult to negotiate the stairs. The person must be able to sit safely during transit and transfer independently, or with minimal assistance, on and off at the top and bottom of the stairs. A swivel seat, which can be operated both manually or automatically, and lift-up armrests should make transfers on and off the seat easier. Check that you are able to manipulate the controls for both the footrest and the swivel seat as various types of controls and switches are also available. Click here for full article

For more information on Stirlifts click here

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The Stairlift with the Smallest Diameter Rail

The Otolift AIR stairlift has the smallest diameter rail tube of any other single rail stairlift on the current market. It is specially designed for narrow and steep stairs but can also be used on any other stair configuration. It is available with an extensive range of additional options to ensure you get a lift tailored to your personal needs.

Key features of Otolift Air Stairlift

  • Compact, comfortable & visually pleasing design.
  • Unobtrusive single tube rail, positioned low on the stairs, minimising the appearance of the rail.
  • Smooth ride.
  • Negotiate steep and narrow staircases, ensuring a comfortable ride with maximum knee clearance.
  • Takes up a minimum of space, leaving room on the stairs for other users.
  • Powered Folding Footrest is standard on the Otolift AIR Stairlift.
  • Battery operated, so the stairlift can still be operated during a power cut.
  • Light touch controls require very little effort to operate the lift.
  • All round safety system will stop the stair lift automatically if anything is trapped or it encounters any obstacles.

Supplied and Fitted by Pearce Bros Mobility

For more information click here

 

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Scooter Scheme Could Expand Due to Tesco Grant

A scooter safety initiative scheme that was was launched to improve the safe use of mobility scooters could be expanding thanks to grant from Tesco.

Horsham Scooter Safety (HSS), which currently operates in Horsham, West Sussex, was previously at risk of closure due to lack of funds but was saved by the local council.  Local residents have now nominated the scheme to be shortlisted for a grant from Tesco, which would allow it to continue operating in the area and even expand.

The scheme provides informative instruction on how to safely use a mobility scooter and over 40 scooter users have benefited from the scheme so far.

To find out more about this scheme read the article by Access & Mobility Professionals below.

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