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Living with osteoarthritis… and how Acorn can help

12:00am | & Health

The biggest single reason why people invest in a life-enhancing Acorn Stairlift is osteoarthritis.

Often called “wear and tear arthritis”, it is the most common form of arthritis and, as its informal name suggests, is usually linked to getting older.

Around 8 out of 10 people over 50 are affected to some degree by osteoarthritis (OA), which causes pain and stiffness in the joints. It usually develops gradually over several years and can affect a number of different joints, but when the weight-bearing joints in the hips, knees and ankles are affected, it can start to impact mobility.

Although there is no cure for OA, the condition may settle down after a number of years and there is a lot that people can do to relieve their symptoms and make life easier. One of the best sources of information and advice on all types of arthritis is leading UK charity Versus Arthritis. Its website is packed with information on all aspects of the musculoskeletal condition and it also operates a free and confidential helpline service on 0800 5200 520.

The charity has also produced a helpful and information-packed 27-page booklet on Osteoarthritis which can be read online or downloaded from its website by clicking here. You can also order a printed copy of the booklet (and a range of others produced by Versus Arthritis) by clicking here.

One of the biggest challenges for people suffering from OA is the stairs in their home. When the condition leads to painful and stiff joints and begins to restrict mobility, both climbing and descending the stairs can become an uncomfortable and daunting experience. At worst, it can be unsafe, and the one place in your home where you really don’t want to fall is on your stairs.

The simple answer to overcoming this difficulty and ensuring your ongoing safety is to install a British-made Acorn Stairlift. It removes the obstacle of stairs at a single stroke, effectively turning your two-storey home into a bungalow. Investing in an Acorn Stairlift means you can carry on living independently in the home you love and enjoying full and easy access to all of it.

Instead of soldiering on in pain and discomfort you can let your Acorn Stairlift take the strain and carry you smoothly and safely up and down the stairs whenever you like. No more worries about falling on the stairs, either for you or the loved ones who care about your welfare.

Some people worry that their stairs are too narrow, steep or unusual for a stairlift, but at Acorn there is virtually no staircase situation we haven’t come across before, or been able to provide a solution for. Our pioneering FastTrack® modular rail system for curved staircases means our experienced installation engineers can assemble a bespoke stairlift rail on site in just a few hours, precisely following the contours of your stairs.

It also slashes the waiting time for a curved stairlift from several weeks to just a few days. In cases where urgency is paramount, we can often install an Acorn Stairlift the very next day. All our stairlifts fix to the stairs, not the wall, so there’s no messy or disruptive structural work, and no rewiring needed as the stairlift simply plugs into the nearest available domestic socket.

This provides the current to recharge the stairlift’s powerful battery pack whenever it’s ‘parked’ at its charging stations at the top or bottom of the stairs. Because the stairlift is powered by its batteries, not directly from the mains, it will still work if your electricity supply is temporarily cut, so you’ll never be stranded on the stairs.

Finally, investing in an Acorn Stairlift might be much more affordable than you think. We now manufacture more than 70,000 stairlifts per year at our factories in Yorkshire and Scotland, for installation throughout the UK and export abroad. This ‘economy of scale’ helps keep the cost down and because we deal direct with our customers, there are no ‘middlemen’ to take a cut.

Acorn offers a one-stop-shop solution for your stairlift needs – we manufacture, sell, install and maintain our high quality stairlifts, with everything done in-house. To find out more and book your free, no-obligation home survey and quote, give us a call today on 0808 223 4871 or click on the Get a Free Brochure or Quick Free Quote buttons at the top right of this page.

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