If you are elderly, simple tasks like climbing up a flight of stairs can be exhausting and even dangerous. If you or a loved one if faced with this challenge, then it is time to consider investing in a chair lifts for stairs. But what is the best way to go about selecting a chair lift that is safe, affordable and easy to use and install?
Fortunately you will have many different makes and models to choose from, and you are likely to find one that is ideal both for your home and your budget. One of the most important factors influencing what kind of handicap stair lift you will get for your home is the type of stairs you have and need it to be installed on. There are stair lifts models suitable for both straight and curved stairways. However, those for straight staircases are generally cheaper since they often do not require the detailed measurements that curved ones need. There is also more variety in chair lift models suitable for straight stairs. However, when it comes to the freedom that a chair lift can provide, curved stairways generally do not stand in the way.
One things is for certain when it comes to selecting a stair chair: safety is the most important feature to keep in mind. Make sure the stair chair you choose is suited for the weight and size of the individual who will be using it. Also, make sure that it is easy for the user to enter and leave. For some, a standing lift may actually be better than a chair lift, while for others, a wheel chair stair lift may be the best option.
To save money, you may want to look at used chair lift models. Used models may cost as much as half the price as a new model. But again, make sure the model you choose is safe and not worn down, and that they come with a good warranty. With any stair lift you will want at least a year long warranty, and preferably longer, since it can be expensive to fix a broken chair lift.
When it comes to financing a chair lift, depending on the manufacturer, there may be in house financing available. Unfortunately, government programs like medicare generally do not cover stair lift costs. You may, however, be able to cover the cost with a reverse mortgage or similar loan based on the value of your home.
Once you have selected a model, you will need to have a professional install it for you. In general, the installation process should only take a couple of hours, but you should check with the manufacturer about this prior to purchasing the stair lift.