I hurt my back in July 2005 and I had what I now know is a very serious condition. I had bilateral pain, that is pain down both legs and that means something is severely wrong with ones back.

I know I look okay. I look as  though I haven’t got a splinter in my finger, but I am in constant pain. So after a month in the private hospital in Swindon, Ridgeway Hospital, I went to Stoke Mandeville Hospital for two months. But then of course coming home is when one really realises the difference in ones life.

It was the Occupational Therapist who suggested Colin and Coral of 1st Choice Stairlifts and they were absolutely marvellous. They came to the house and installed the stairlift before I was home full time and for me that was accessibility.

What I liked about Colin and Coral was that they treated me normally. Now that might sound silly to somebody who’s able bodied, but it’s extremely important to me because I want people to see me as me.

Each stairlift is particular to that one staircase. Colin arranged it so that when the stairlift went up the stairs I didn’t get off at the top of the stairs, because that would have been dangerous, so he moved it round a corner so I had free access to get off by the landing window absolutely fine.

I find the use of the stairlift extremely easy, it couldn’t be easier in fact. I think anyone could get on to the stairlifts.

Of course this house being split level is not ideal for somebody in a wheelchair and I used to look at the two steps from the dining room into the lounge and feel how crazy it was that I couldn’t just get down them. We did try a ramp but it was too intrusive into the room and wasn’t fair on the rest of the family, so we had another stairlift down two steps. It’s been a marvellous addition and I couldn’t do without it now.

If anyone asked me where I had the stairlifts from I would say, 1st Choice, they are nice people who know their job. I’m perfectly, fully independent because of 1st Choice Stairlifts.


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