One of the major problems facing mobility impaired people (eg. the elderly or disabled) is the ability to navigate their own multi-story homes. Handicapped people in wheelchairs are often left stranded on ground level due to stairs being the only method of passage available to floors above or down. This is where stair lifts (or chair lift for stairs) come in.
Stair lifts are quite versatile, as they are able to be fitted not only on straight stairways, but along curved stairways as well. An overwhelming majority of homes, businesses and premises are able to house stair lift installations.
Not only are stairlifts very practical, but they are designed to blend in with the decor of their surroundings. This means that the stair lift will exist in harmony with your home.
Stair Lift Brands
Stair lift prices can vary based on a number of factors, such as brand, type (features and design), component quality (chair, rails, power supply) and if you want to buy outright or are more interested in Stair Lift Rental. Some popular brands include Stannah Stairlifts, Bruno Independent Living & Acorn Stairlifts. You will need to consider the stair lift cost before purchasing to ensure the price range is within your budget.
Stair Lift Types
There are many different types of stair lifts, all suited to a specific purpose depending on your needs. This website will go into greater detail about these different types when you click on the navigation links. As a quick summary, let’s take a look at some stair chair lifts below:
- Straight Stairlifts
- Curved Stairlift
- Handicap Stairlift
- Secondhand Stairlifts
- Stair lifts for disabled
- Wheelchair Stairlift
- Platform Lifts
Stair Lift Prices
As briefly discussed earlier, stairlift prices can vary considerably. Some basic straight stair lift models can start at around $1500 all the way up to $7000 (and more) for the more sophisticated models such as curved stair lifts. When making your purchase, you will also need to confirm with your stair lift company if installation is built into the price. It is also vitally important to check with your local council, as some governing bodies will require you to obtain a permit to install a stair lift in your home.
Stair Lift Loans
You should check with your insurance as some long term care coverage will pay for the lift itself. The Veteran’s Administration (VA) has a program that would help with the costs of a lift. You can contact the VA Office at 1-877-222-VETS or http://www.va.gov.
Home Ownership Loans can be used for home modifications. To find a local Rural Development area office near you, visit http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/recd_map.html or go to http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/rhs/Individual/ind_splash.htm or call (530)792-5820, (530)792-5848 (TDD). Each State’s Assistive Technology program helps with Loans and/or Grants for disabled persons. Go to http://www.homemods.org/pages/statefunding.html to get the contact information for your state.
Banks often offer loans to finance home modification projects such as putting in a lift. Contact yours for more information. HUD may be able to counsel you on options. Call (888)466-3487 for the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) are available to make home modifications.
A list of Housing and Community Development Agencies can be found athttp://www.nahro.org/reference/internethousing.cfm or by calling the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials at (877) 866-2476.
Federal Housing Administration part of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) can help you find home modification loans. Contact http://www.dtinational.org/training/hudinfo/hudoffices.asp or call them at (202) 708-1112. A local FHA lender can be found by visiting http://www.hud.gov/ll/code/llplcrit.html You may want to get a copy of IRS Publication 502 to see if you can get help with home modifications. Contact the IRS by visiting http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p502.pdf or call (800) 829-3676. Rural Housing Services (RHS) Section 502.
Often the Area Agencies on Aging can help you locate funds with Older Americans Act- Title III. To locate the Area Agency on Aging in your community, call the Eldercare Locator at (800) 677-1116 or visit http://www.n4a.org.
Stair Lift Rental
For those on a tighter budget, stair lift rental of second hand stairlifts may be a viable solution. With just a small down payment, you may be able to have your own stair lift for just $15 a week. This way you can reap the benefits without having to buy stairlift installations outright.
Stair Lift Installations
No two houses are alike, so you may find some customization is needed with your stair lift installation. Your stair lift company will definitely be able to offer you some expert advice on these matters. As a matter of course, most stairlift companies will first perform an assessment of your stair case before giving you a quote for the work.
So what are you waiting for? If you or somebody you know is mobility impaired, then there’s no time to waste. Order your stair lift today and see how it can transform your life!
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