If you or someone that you know wants to continue living in the house,
but is disabled or no longer able to climb stairs - stair lifts
are a great solution. You will find that in researching stair lifts, a
number of companies specialize in this niche. This is true for Acorn,
and a number of other quality manufacturers.
Types of Stair Lifts:
Basically, no matter what type of staircase you have, a lift can be installed
to accomodate you.
People have stair lifts added to outdoor stairways as well as indoor
staircases. Typically the least expensive stair lifts tend to be those
that are straight staircases where a rail is cut to fit the length of
For curved staircases with tight turns, things are a bit more tricky
but a number of companies specialize in this area. To review, here are
several types and locations for lifts:
Each one of the above stair lift manufacturers offers a stair lift systems.
However, to choose one company over the other, consider whether the following
Do they Make a Stair Lift to Fit your Stairs?
Does it Fit your Budget?
Does it Meet your Expectations and Have Quality Features and Options?
Does it offer a Good Warranty Policy?
Is it Low Maintenance?
Is this Lift Repair Prone?
Stair Lift Costs:
For an easy to install lift system (straight stairways) that requires
simple handyman installation $$
A customized stair lift (eg: curved stair lifts) $$$
Used stairway lift $
Note: If your stair passageway is straight and indoors, there
are many lifts available. For narrow stair passages or stairs with many
curves, choices will be fewer and more expensive, but options do exist.
Will Medicare Reimburse you?
As far as price is concerned, Medicare will only reimburse you for the
"lift mechanism" and "motor": this usually comes to
be about $300.
If you, or someone that you know is on a limited budget, take a look
at Ameriglide. Online, this is one of the most popual stair lifts sold
and costs just under $2,000. You can purchase a rail length up to 16.'
However, if this is more than you can afford, consider buying a used stair
lift. (See related articles below)
Questions to Consider Before Buying
Do you Prefer a battery operated or electric lift? Note: People unable to walk down stairs in the event of an emergency
(like a power failure), should buy a battery powered chair lift. Why?
If battery operated, stair lift will have station charging to keep your
battery fully charged.
Do you need top and bottom swivel chair options? (All seats swivel
at the top, but, not the bottom).
Do you need a wide seat larger than the standard 18"?
Do you require a perch seat?
Do you need a key switch to lock? (This is an important safety feature
if you have young children around).
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