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The Stair Walker -> Chair Lift - What Alternatives Are There?

Chair Lift - What Alternatives Are There?

As we gradually get older, stairs can often become a bigger obstacle in your living environment. Chair Lift is a type of stair lift that transports you up and down the stairs while sitting on a seat. In this article, we'll look at what the alternatives to a chair lift are.

Difficulties climbing stairs

There are usually some key factors affecting your ability to climb stairs in your own home. This could be due to natural aging processes or diseases / injuries that limit your mobility level and balance.

Traditionally there have been three alternatives to solve the "stair problem":

  1. Chair lift, which transports the user up and down the staircase
  2. Rebuilding your home to one-floor living
  3. Moving away from your home

Research shows however that two important factors affect our quality of life and life expectancy:

  1. You activity level is one of the most important predictors of your life expectancy
  2. The majority of us wants to continue living in our own home our whole life

What are the alternatives?

Chair lift alternatives

Chair lift

Chair lifts are usually priced around ÂŁ2,500 - ÂŁ3,200 for a straight stair and ÂŁ4,000 - ÂŁ6,000 for curved stairs. The final price depends on many factors, such as how many turns you need, the length of the stairs, extra features you may need and extended warranty.

Surveys done by show that you should expect annual costs for repairs after the typical 1 year manufacturer warranty has finished. Stair lift dealers and manufacturers are known to make a lot of money in the after market, since chair lifts usually require service every 6 - 12 months.

Lift for stairs


AssiStep is a stair assistant developed by industrial designers in Norway. It was launched in 2015 and has expanded to most European countries in the period 2017 - 2020. There are today thousands of people that use AssiStep on a daily basis, and it has many benefits compared to traditional chair lifts.

The AssiStep is developed for people who still have a certain walking ability and gait functioning, but for different reasons need more support and safety while climbing stairs.

Typical AssiStep-users

The AssiStep is a stair climbing aid that requires the user to have a certain walking ability, and is especially useful when there isn't expected a quick decline in the mobility of the individual. For many people, the AssiStep can enable the person to maintain or even improve their gait function and thereby staying independent from the help of others.

Other benefits with the AssiStep

  • AssiStep is the only stair aid that has won the prestigious award for "Best solution" by the SilverEco Ageing Well Award.
  • The AssiStep is 100% modular, which allows for very quick delivery and installation.
  • No recurring costs in most cases, since you usually don't need to apply for building permits, periodic lift control, service or repairs.
  • Environmentally friendly production and assembly since it's based on hydro power.
  • Superior reliability since it's a pure mechanical product that usually don't require service

Where can you get a quote for an AssiStep?

The AssiStep is available throughout the UK through our local partners and distributors.

Go to our contact page on the link below, and we'll be in touch with you shortly.

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What kind of stair do you have?


Who are you? Are you a private person or an institution that wants the AssiStep?


We need your postal code to find our nearest distributor and to calculate shipping and installation costs.

Because you have a different type of staircase, we would like to offer a house inspection to give you a price offer.

We are sorry to inform you that we don't have a supplier in the country you have chosen. You can still complete the form, and we will send you information about AssiStep.

On some occasions we need more information about your stairs. We therefore ask for your phone number so we can contact you if needed. We need the e-mail address in order to send you the offer and provide more information.

Please verify the information before you submit.

When you have submitted the form, you’ll receive an e-mail with more information about the AssiStep. Your information is safe with us, and we’ll only share it with our distributor in your country.
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