Dealer’s new stairlift scheme to speed up DFG application and installation

Image: West Lindsey District Council

A Lincoln-based mobility dealer has teamed up with its local council in a new scheme designed to speed up the process of applying for a stairlift through the Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG).

Obam Stairlifts hopes its new scheme, set-up alongside West Lindsey District Council, will make the application process and installation of stairlifts quicker and more efficient for those most in need.

Previously a person applying for a DFG would have a tender sent out and a maximum of three different companies would visit the person to find out their specific needs. The companies would then send their quotes to the council and the council would then decide.

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Now, Obam has been listed as the council’s preferred provider which means the DFG applicant receives just one visit from one provider.

Obam hopes that by providing a detailed quote immediately that is sent straight to the council, rather than from three different companies, will make the experience of the applicant smoother.

“Obam Stairlifts is a local company based in Sturton-by-Stow and the council is delighted to be working with the team on this new project,” said Councillor Angela White, member champion for health at West Lindsey District Council.

“This scheme will not only mean quicker installation of stairlifts for residents who are identified as needing them, but it will also act as a ‘one stop shop’ for all those requiring a stairlift, whether they are entitled to a Disabled Facilities Grant or not.”

Obam was established in 2000 when Chris Butroid, Steve Butroid, Pete Morley and Lee Ogden came together to form the company.

With a wealth of experience in the adaptations industry before the year 2000 through engineering and technical know-how, they have taken the company from a desk in a spare bedroom to a multi-million pound business based just outside of Lincoln.

After initially focussing on just stairlifts, recent years have seen the product range increase to include ramping solutions, hoists, through-floor lifts, steplifts and others.

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