What Exactly is a Stair Lift?
A stair lift (sometimes called a stair climber or chair lift) is an electric-based chair device that lifts an individual up and down steps and staircases. The way this is done is a rail is mounted to the stairs and/or wall and the chair is attached to the rail. Once seated, the person can push a button and be lifted up the stairs as the chair moves along the rail with no effort on their part.
The elderly are the majority of users of star lifts. The older we all become, the weaker we become. As we age it becomes more difficult to walk upstairs or keep our balance, and it becomes more likely that we would have sustained a hip or leg injury/stiffness that makes it impossible and extremely dangerous to walk up and down stairs.
Other demographics besides the elderly use stair lifts as well. Physically disabled people of any age also use stair lifts—for example, amputees, those with long-term complications from broken legs or hips, those with spinal injuries or diseases, individuals with vertigo, and anyone who has a medical or physical condition that make it difficult or impossible for them to move up and down the stairs on their own.
5 Benefits to having a Stairlift in Your Home
There are many benefits to a stair lift that can make it easier to get around one’s own home to keeping an individual safe from falling, injuring themselves, and even breaking a hip.
• Independence For those who have found it difficult to continue climbing stairs, they find themselves in a jam: Do they move house to a single-story home? Can they afford to do that? Do they want to do that? Or will they need to move in with somebody or go into assisted living?
Having a stair lift means that they do not need to do any of these things. They can stay in their home, remain independent, continue to live alone or with their partner, and become safer than they were before with the elimination of dangers on the stairway.
• Small Space Footprint The standard stair lift is quickly installed and does not take up a lot of foot space. No matter how your staircase is structured or how big or small it is, our professionals will come in and make sure you have the right stair chair lift. We will figure what your dominate hand is for the remote installation, whether you can lift your feet to step height in order to use the chair and the nature of your problems making it difficult to climb stairs. We will also measure the stairway to see if they need to install a hinged and swivel chair (a chair that easily folds the seat and arms up compact and flat), leaving the stairway open and with no obstruction.
If you stairwell is narrow, there is no need to worry because we have a narrow stair lift. Our Handicare stair lift is just 13 inches off the wall when folded. It is the most narrow stair lift on the market.
• Quiet Motor and Convenient Features Modern stairlifts are quiet to use and come standard with a remote control (different types are available for different users), that are easy to use. What is convenient about stair lifts is that using the remote control, the chair can be “called” from the top or bottom of the staircase, and it will come directly to the user. This makes it convenient and ideal for households with two or more disabled individuals who need to use this chair. This feature ensures that no one is trapped down or up the stairs.
The user also does not have to depend on the stair lift to work only when the power is on. Almost every stair lift has a backup battery that allows the chair to continue working normally when the power goes out. This is excellent because the battery is always charged and it allows users to get downstairs or upstairs without fear of falling during an outage or natural disaster.
In addition, most stair lifts use DC power, which means there is no danger of electric shock as there are no trailing of main cables exposed.
• Not Just for Sitting Being a lift “chair,” one may think that only chairs are available for lifting a person up the staircase. In fact, there are models on the market that allow a user to stand in order to travel the stairs. There are safety features for these models that ensures there are no falls. Standing models are ideal for the elderly, the disabled, or those having problems with bending their knees or getting seated in the chair for transport. For those who have painful arthritis or joint pains may prefer to stand in order to be transported.
• Indoor and Outdoor Use Stair lifts are not restricted to inside of the household. For those with porches, decks, patios with stairs, and front walkway steps; find it convenient and sometimes very necessary, to have a outdoor stair lift installed for those steps as well. Towson Medical will install it to the necessary size—even two or three steps is no problem—and just as indoors, the homeowner(s) can enjoy moving about outside without fear of falling. This further increases their independence and allows them to get outside instead of being restricted indoors. Outdoor stairlifts are waterproof and there are many options for covers to put over the chair when not in use.
What is the average price of a stair lift?
Most straight units are prefabricated and cut to fit your stairs. They run between $2,500 and $5,000 depending on options. Curved stair lifts are more expensive because they are custom made to fit only your stairs. They run between $7,000 and $11,000. So there you have the average price of a stair lift. Call us for an in home consultation and we can give you an exact price based on the options you want to have.
Is the stair lift covered by Medicare? The answer is no. Unfortunately Medicare will not pay towards a stair lift.