What to Consider When Buying a Stair Lift

If you are someone with mobility problems, you already know the biggest obstacle you will come across will probably be those dreaded stairs. You want to remain in the home you own for as long as possible, but how can you overcome those stairs? The stair lift may be the perfect answer to this question. I know you may be thinking this solution has to be out of your budget, but there is some good news out there for you. While many stair lifts are not as inexpensive as you would like, they may still be within your reach. If you do decide to buy a stair lift, you should thoroughly research all the different brands, their features and their payment options. There are also other factors you will need to consider prior to purchasing your stair lift.

Your stairway

Something as simple as your stairway should be taken into consideration because believe it or not it can be a huge factor in what type of stair lift you should purchase. There are many stair lifts that can be made to fit any type of staircase. However, as with any product out there, the more you have to customize it the higher the cost will be. Staircases with 90- or 180- degree turns may require changing chairs at the landings, which will cost more because you will need two separate stair lifts. Also, if you have a curved staircase, you will need to customize your stair lift, which will again cost more. As you guessed, a straight staircase will be the most affordable type of stair lift to purchase. Another thing to consider is if you happen to move to a new home with your stair lift, your new staircase may not work with the stair lift you previously purchased.

Battery versus electric stair lifts

There are pros and cons to each of these. A battery powered stair lift will work as they are intended to even during a power outage. However, as with anything powered by a battery, the battery will eventually die. You can only hope your battery will not die as you are mid-lift and strand you where you cannot call for help. Hopefully, this worst case scenario will not happen. However, you will eventually have to deal with changing a dying battery, and your best would be to call a professional to do this for you. You do not want to damage your stair lift by attempting to change the battery improperly. The pros of having an electric stair lift would be avoiding having to change these batteries and knowing your stair lift is wired straight to a power source. You may need to call someone to do maintenance on your chair every now and then, but, for the most part, these types of stair lifts are fairly low maintenance. However, if there is a power outage, you may find yourself stranded just like the user on the battery stair lift that has suffered a dead battery .

The best features for you

There are many features you will need to decide upon when purchasing your stair lift. You will need a seat belt, which should always be worn when operating the stair lift. This is a must and will come with all stair lifts. Also, every stair lift should come with an emergency shutoff switch. Hopefully, you will not have to use it, but just in case you need it, you will be glad that it is there. You may also need to opt for a more compact stair lift, and many stair lifts feature a foldable foot rests and seats to make them less noticeable. Some may want seats that swivel to allow them to get off and on the chair with a little more ease than a stationary seat. If you have multiple people in your house using the stair lift, you will need a call-send button. This will allow the chair to move to the level it is needed.

How to pay for your stair lift

This may be a little tricky for some. Medicare, Medicaid and many insurance companies do not cover stair lifts in their policies because stair lifts are typically classified as a home modification. If you happen to be injured or disabled, however, you may be covered, but you will have to contact your insurance provider or your local Medicare Medicaid office to be sure. If you happen to be a veteran, you could also contact the Veterans Administration to see if they will cover your expenses. There are some long term insurance policies that will pay for a stair lift to help forgo the cost of moving someone to an assisted living facility. You could also get a grant to help pay for your stair lift. Try checking with the National Council on Independent Living to see if you qualify. If your doctor gives a written recommendation for installation of a stair lift, you may qualify for a tax deduction. Be sure to talk with your tax professional about these qualifications. If you have tried all of these and still cannot afford a new stair lift, you could always consider leasing one or buying a used one. However, there are no guarantees with a used stair lift, and you need to remember it may not be compatible with your staircase.

It can be difficult dealing with mobility issues, and it may seem even more difficult trying to find ways to remain mobile in this highly mobile world. A stair lift may be the best way for many to get around their mobility issues. Unfortunately, it can be difficult finding and purchasing the best stair lifts to fit their individual needs. However, with a little help and a checklist, you should easily put all your fears aside and find the best stair lift at the best price for you.

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