Like a wheelchair, a stair chair is a mobility tool that makes it possible for people to gain independence and continue living in their own homes. For many people who become disabled or who become weaker as they age, the stairs in their own home become a safety hazard or impossibility.
A stair chair, sometimes called a chair lift or stair lift, is an electric seat that allows the person to sit and be carried up or down the stairs.
Stair lifts are not a one-size-fits-all solution. There are lifts for outdoor staircases, spiral stairs, and straight staircases. The length of the staircase is unique to your home, as are some of the possible modifications needed depending on the design of your home.
All of these factors, plus the quality of the chair itself, mean there is a lot of variety out there! As with any purchasing decision, that means there are decisions to make about what exactly you want for your stair lift and what your budget will need to be.
Types of Stair Chairs And Their Costs
For a standard chair lift that goes up a straight staircase, the cost will likely range from between $3,000 to $5,000 depending on the chair. Weight capacity, the length of the staircase, and brands will all affect the final price.
There are also options to rent a stair chair or find a used one for sale. Renting a chair lift may cost you $300 to $500 a month, so you’ll need to decide if the cost seems worth it for how long you may need the mobility device. Purchasing a pre-owned stair lift can be more in the ballpark of $1,000 – $2,000. It will be important to get some assurances that the lift is in great condition, because it will cost you more in the end if it needs repairs or replacement.
A spiral staircase is a budgetary problem for a chair lift because you will need a custom made rail and a curved stair lift! In this case, your budget will need to be in the range of $10,000, possibly more. You will want to shop around for your best options.
An outdoor staircase has different needs, like being weather safe. Outdoor staircases are usually unique sizes, so there isn’t a standard here either. While an outdoor stair lift could be as low as $5,000, it may be a few grand more than $10,000 depending on the staircase. This is a situation where getting a price quote will be necessary to even get a rough ballpark figure.
Don’t Let Price Stop You From a Needed Mobility Device
If these prices intimidate you, don’t let them stop you. If you have to move from your home to a nursing home only because of your staircase that will end up costing you more in the end anyway. Look into financing options through state-based programs or the VA to cover the costs of your stair chair. Learn if Medicare helps pay for your stair chair lift.
We also offer Care Credit which has a 12 month interest free option to pay for your stair chair. Contact Towson Medical to help you get more information about our stair chairs and financing them.