Hello all thanks in advance unfortunately my wife has been diagnosed with lung cancer stage 4 she was rushed into hospital 7 days ago with a collapsed lung which has now been drained and the infection has now been treated was discharged today and i bought her home and she could not get up the stairs how do i apply for a stairlift or who to and how quickly can they be fitted without one she will be housebound any help would be greatly appreciated .

                                                                                                                                Kindest Regards Ray

  • Hello

    I am sorry to hear that your wife has been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. It sounds as if it has been such a worrying week with her having to go into hospital and now struggling with her mobility back at home. I am really glad you have got in touch.

    May I ask Ray, was a discharged plan discussed with you before your wife left hospital? Usually before someone is discharged home their ongoing support and care needs should be considered and necessary support referred for (our booklet Going Home from Hospital has more information). With your wife struggling with the stairs and wanting to access a stair lift/ equipment to make home more accessible, it sounds as if it would be useful to be in touch with the local adult social care team- was this mentioned at hospital at all? They can carry out a needs assessment to see what equipment, adaptations or care would be most helpful. You can search for your local teams contact details here or you can be referred by your wife’s GP/healthcare team if preferred Ray, just let them know.

    The Living Made Easy website also has lots of information on daily living equipment which you may wish to take a look at. They also have a helpline through which they provide advice on daily living equipment and so they too would be able to discuss accessing equipment such as a stair lift. You can call them Monday to Friday, 9.00am - 5.00pm on: 0300 999 0004.

    I realise accessing a stair lift has been your priority for getting in touch today Ray but it feels important to check, how have you been coping? It sounds like there has been a lot of change to cope with in such a short space of time. Do you have plenty of support?

    Please know we are here to talk through how you may be feeling, or to help with general questions. Our Support Line is available 8am-8pm, 7 days a week on:0808 808 00 00 or you can speak to us via web chat if preferred.

    I hope the above information is helpful Ray1953, but do just get back in touch if you have any further questions.

    Take care.

    Cancer Information and Support Adviser

    Remember you can also speak with the Macmillan Support Line team of experts. Phone free on 0808 808 0000 (7 days a week, 8am-8pm) or by email.


  • Hi Jenna we are still coming to terms with the outcome three months max we were a normal couple spent most of our time babysitting  with the grandkids so to be honest when we went for the results of the scan didn't have a clue we would end up here just thought bad chest infection better antibiotics and away we go, not so I'm afraid its a bitter blow as you can imagine so at the time i posted i was in a state of panic still am i suppose but i have to give my partner the best i can we have been together for 35 years with two children 34 boy and 27 girl so you can imagine. As the stairlift goes i applied to the NH's but there was a waiting list i have found a company who will install a straight stairlift for £250 rental that includes fitting and removal and first months rent thereafter £50 per month no ties so i have gone for that fitted tomorrow. Right about Julie i can see her and she is looking into space as if to say why me and i must agree she has not got a bad bone in her body me i am angry i keep passing couples our age who are laughing and joking and I'm why why us i am strong enough to deal with this as i have no choice but i need to understand how did this happen so quickly,   how can you get to stage 4 lung cancer undetected there are so many questions and our consultant is quite evasive and i don't know why, could this get to this stage in such a small amount of time or has it been there a while but just gone undetected and no signs as there was anything untoward that is the question i need answering but not getting anything i am at my wits end with this one surely it can't become stage 4  within the space of three months i am supporting a friend who has a similar type of cancer and have been four four years neve missed an appointment with him he is just going through his second bout of Chemotherapy but at a smaller dose 4 hr infusion then pills so its a bit of a double whammy i know it sounds all about me and my feelings but i will be there to the bitter end for both everyday that goes by were adjusting like you do everyday that passes were coming to terms and adjusting as well as we can i would like to talk to other people in similar circumstances how they found out what were there symptoms how quickly did it advance not going to google it as the other friend said from the outset when i told him about our diagnoses don't with a capital D.

    Thanks for getting back to me Kindest Regards Ray1953

  • Hi


    I have just read your post and am so sorry to hear about your wife, this must have come as a big shock to you all. I can see my colleague has responded and given you some information regarding stair lifts. Thank you for your reply.


    Ray1953 you mentioned you are still coming to terms with the outcome but have noticed you feel angry at times, particularly when looking at other couples your age. This is completely understandable. Receiving a diagnosis like this can fill you with a wide range of thoughts and emotions. It is important to recognise this and get the support when you need it. You seem like a very caring person, dedicated to your wife and friend which is lovely to read. I do just want to highlight the importance of considering your own wellbeing during this time Ray1953, your feelings absolutely matter, and Macmillan are here for you whenever you feel you need us.


    I can see you are a member of our Online Community; you may have seen the support groups we have available. One which may be of interest to you is the ‘Family and friends Forum’. Some people find it helpful for processing their thoughts and feelings.


    I can see you have been successful with finding a company that can provide you with the stair lift your wife requires, this is wonderful news. You have mentioned having to pay for this, please know if you have any financial concerns, we have a dedicated welfare rights team who may be able to support and advise you, you can contact them through our Support line or Chat by clicking here.


    Ray1953 it sounds as though Julie is doing her best to process her diagnosis. Do you think she would contact us here at Macmillan? The reason I ask is we have a variety of support options available and it’s important she is aware we are here for her whenever she needs us.


    Our website Be. Macmillan has lots of information including booklets, PDF’s, and CD’s you can download and read/listen online or order in the post to your house free of charge. A booklet she may find useful is ‘How are you feeling?’.


    I can see you have had some problems getting answers to some of the question you have, I am sorry to hear this. I can only imagine the emotions and thoughts that are going round right now. It may help today to give you an overview of what the Macmillan support line can offer.  We have a team of advisers who offer general and emotional support, specialist nurses who will assist you with any health related queries you have, a welfare rights team, a work support team, a financial guides team and an energy team.


    Ray1953 Please know Macmillan are here to support anyone affected by cancer. If you have any further questions or require support, please do reach out to us.


    Take the very best of care.

    Becki, Information and Support Adviser

    Remember you can also speak with the Macmillan Support Line team of experts. Phone free on 0808 808 0000 (7 days a week, 8am-8pm) or by email.