Hi - I hope the collective hive mind might be able to help me? My father was diagnosed with PSP two years ago, and has probably suffered from it for the last 5ish years or so - although we're told that he's been diagnosed at an early stage, which is something. It's being managed through a combination of medication and physical therapy. He is declining faster physically than mentally, although cognitively he's much slower than he was. Of course all this happens (mostly) in slow motion so it's quite hard to view it objectively - if you know what I mean? We're lucky in that two of my siblings are in health care, so they're very good at keeping an eye on him.
Following a couple of really bad falls, it has become obvious that the stairs are now a very real danger for him and it's now a matter or when, rather than if, he has a terrible fall down them. To try and prevent the inevitable, we've looked at a chair/stair lift, but unfortunately their stairs are too narrow, with no scope for alternation, so we're looking at putting in a ground to first floor lift. I think the price of these has taken them rather by surprise, and whilst there's a host of information on-line, I'd really like to know if any of you have recommendations for any of the following (1) companies that fit refurbished lifts (2) how to find a refurbished lift (3) any good lift brands - they seemed to like the people from Stannah, but felt the Britannia lift people were giving them the hard sell and it really put them off (4) if there are any grant or funding options for putting in a lift? I suppose the important things are quality, cost and footprint (it's not a big house). I think making a bedroom for him downstairs is the least desirable outcome, it's all been very emotionally very tough on my mum, although she's great at soldiering on, I think losing him from their bed might be too much for her.
Anyway - thank you all so much for your thoughts, I've been (silently) reading this forum for years and feel like I know some of you quite well! Always a brilliant source of information and feelings of companionship.