How Stairlifts Are Helping People Avoid Moving Into Care Homes in 2024


How Stairlifts Are Helping People Avoid Moving Into Care Homes in 2024

The UK Care Guide undertook a survey on stairlift usage in 2024.

We asked a range of questions about why people were looking at stairlifts, what types they were looking at, and what drove them to get one.

You can see the results of our stairlift research below. Some of the statistics make for interesting reading. 

Suvey Insights

  1. A staggering 62% of survey respondents are considering fitting stairlifts to avoid moving into care homes.
  2. Cost is the primary concern for 68% of those considering installing a stairlift.
  3. 57%, are considering straight stairlifts as opposed to curved stairlifts.
  4. 52% have investigated stairlift rental options, which may cost far more accessible compared to buying one.
  5. Reliability and safety are essential factors, with 72% of respondents citing these as the most important features of a stairlift.
  6. A significant 43% of respondents are open to purchasing second-hand stairlifts.

A survey undertaken by UK Care Guide has unveiled a growing preference among UK residents to avoid care homes by fitting stairlifts in their houses. 

Taken between 8 January 2024 and 9 March 2024, the survey included responses from 2038 visitors to the UK Care Guide website, revealing key insights into the motivations, preferences, and concerns about the use of stairlifts.

The findings illustrate a significant trend towards maintaining independence at home, with over 60% of respondents considering stairlifts to stay out of care homes. 

With the cost of care homes increasing significantly, this is not a surprise.

Research by the UK Care Guide has also shown that the cost of care homes has gone up, on average, by 11% in 2023.

However, the cost of  stairlift remains a major hurdle for many, with two-thirds of participants citing it as their primary concern.

This indicates a pressing need for more affordable stairlift solutions and financial support to meet the rising demand. 

Additionally, the preference for straight stairlifts and the openness to second-hand options suggest that consumers seek practical and cost-effective solutions to their mobility challenges.

The interest in stairlift rental options and the emphasis on reliability and safety highlight the varied needs and priorities of individuals considering stairlifts. These insights are crucial for manufacturers and service providers aiming to address the growing market for home mobility solutions. 

By understanding these preferences, the industry can better cater to the needs of those seeking to age in place comfortably and safely.

Tom Walker, Head of Stairlifts at the UK Care Guide, commented on the survey findings, “This survey sheds light on the strong desire among our visitors to maintain their independence at home for as long as possible. The fact that cost is a significant barrier is a wake-up call for the industry to innovate and make stairlifts more accessible. 

Our research continually points to a significant increase in the stairlift market in the UK.

We must look towards creative solutions, such as certified pre-owned stairlifts and flexible rental models, to help people achieve their goal of staying out of care homes.” 

He added, “Controversially, but from a positive perspective, I believe it’s time we view the installation of stairlifts not as a last resort but as a proactive measure to ensure people’s homes can grow old with them. We can achieve this by prioritising safety, reliability, and affordability in our approach.”

Survey Questions and Answers

We have set out the survey questions and responses below. 

1 – Why are you considering installing a stairlift?   

– To avoid moving to a care home: 62%

– For increased mobility at home: 24%

– Recommended by healthcare provider: 10%

– Other: 4%

2- What type of stairlift are you considering?   

– Straight stairlift: 57%

– Curved stairlift: 25%

– Not sure yet: 15%

– I am not considering specific types: 3%

3 – How do you plan to finance your stairlift?   

– Personal savings: 49%

– Loan or finance plan: 26%

– Government or local grants: 19%

– Unsure at the moment: 6%

4 – Would you consider a second-hand stairlift?   

– Yes, definitely: 43%

– Maybe, if it was certified safe: 35%

– No, I prefer a new one: 20%

– I hadn’t considered it: 2%

5 – What is your primary concern about stairlift installation?   

– Cost: 68%

– Home modification requirements: 18%

– Long-term maintenance: 10%

– Aesthetic impact on the house: 4%

6 – Have you investigated stairlift rental options? 

– Yes, and I am considering it: 52%

– No, I prefer to purchase outright: 40%

– I didn’t know rental was an option: 6%

– Not applicable to me: 2%

7 – How urgent is your need for a stairlift? 

– Within the next month: 22%

– Within the next 3 months: 30%

– Within the next 6 months: 38%

– No urgency, just researching: 10%

8 – Who advised you on the need for a stairlift?   

– Family or friends: 47%

– Healthcare professional: 40%

– No one, I decided myself: 11%

– Other: 2%

9 – What feature is most important to you in a stairlift?   

– Reliability and safety: 72%

– Comfort and ease of use: 20%

– Speed of installation: 6%

– Customisation (e.g., colour, design): 2%

10 – How did you learn about stairlifts?  

– Online research: 58%

– From a healthcare professional: 27%

– Friends or family: 12%

– Other: 3%

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Meet the author

Tom Walker

Tom is a Content Writer and Editor for UK Care Guide, having previously acted as Head of Online for the Manchester Historian, and also the former editor for The Peterloo Institute.

Tom is a graduate of the University of  Manchester with a BA (Hons) History degree. 

His particular specialisms include writing on issues relating to later life (e.g. stairlifts, live-in care) and elderly care, having previously worked in a care capacity.