Disabilities that May Benefit from a Home Stairlift

Whilst stairlifts are most commonly associated with the elderly, they can actually benefit anyone who may suffer with mobility issues. As such, there are certain disabilities that could also benefit from a stairlift.

Keep reading as we discuss some common disabilities that cause mobility issues and how a mobility stairlift may help with these.


Whilst arthritis is commonly known to affect older people, it can still affect people of any age – old or young. Arthritis is a condition that causes inflammation and pain in the joints of the body. The joints that are affected can differ between people who suffer from arthritis; for example, one person may suffer with it in their hands, whilst another may suffer with it in their knees.

For those who suffer with it in their spine, knees and/or hips, a stair lift would be extremely beneficial. This is because the movement required to go up and down the stairs uses these joints, thus can cause further stress on them and increase the pain they feel as caused by their arthritis.

A stairlift offers them a much more practical and comfortable way to use their stairs without causing said stress on their joints.

Multiple Sclerosis

Also known as MS, multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune condition in which the immune system attacks the protective layer that surrounds and protects the nerves (known as the myelin sheath). This subsequently disrupts the nerve communication between the brain and the body, which can cause various symptoms, such as fatigue, pain and impaired coordination.

More specifically, it can cause muscle stiffness and spasms, numbness in different parts of the body and problems with balance and coordination. As such, walking up and down the stairs can be both difficult and dangerous for people who suffer with MS.

To overcome this, a stairlift can be used to offer them a safe and convenient way to use the stairs instead.


Neuropathy, specifically peripheral neuropathy, is a type of nerve damage to the nerves in the peripheral nervous system. The peripheral nervous system contains the nerves that lie outside of your brain and spinal column and includes sensory, motor and autoimmune nerves.

As such, peripheral neuropathy can cause symptoms such as loss of balance and coordination, muscle weakness (especially in the feet), numbness in the hands and feet and pain in affected areas of the body.

These symptoms can make people who suffer from peripheral neuropathy feel unstable when walking up or down the stairs. Depending on the commonality and severity of their symptoms, they may find it beneficial to use a stairlift as an alternative.

Stairlift Hire Dunstable

If you or one of your loved ones would benefit from a disabled stairlift, then we can help her at Alfix. With stairlifts available to hire or buy, we offer various options to suit your needs.

Get in touch with us today to discuss your requirements from our local team in Dunstable.