The short, uncomplicated answer is, for all practical purposes, original Medicare does not pay for stair lifts . But Medicare Advantage plans may cover the cost . Medicare supplemental insurance policies also do not cover stair lifts .
A straight stairlift average cost is between $2,800 – $5,000 . Many customers choose an option in the $3,500 -$4,500 range, while others opt a refurbished preowned stair chair lift model or take advantage of Stannah’s short term rental program.
If your elderly loved one can stand and walk / take steps and they use a standard cane or quad cane then the best options for helping them up a stairway is… To use a belt (or gait belt like this one on Amazon that I used as an Occupational Therapist) around their waist.
According to Consumers Advocate, the top ten stair lift companies are Harmar, AmeriGlide, Improvement Center, Handicare, Stannah, 101 Mobility, Ascent, Acorn, Bruno, and Lifeway Mobility.
Small disability grants are provided to help finance the cost of a stairlift and other equipment. You will not to be able to apply as an individual but will need to ask a “caring professional” to apply on your behalf, such as a doctor or social worker.
Medicare considers a lift chair to be durable medical equipment (DME) and will pay for some of the costs for the chair . You must have a doctor’s prescription for the chair and purchase it from a Medicare -approved supplier.
Unfortunately, standard health insurance policies and Medicare will not typically cover the purchase or installation of a stair lift , even with a doctor’s order. The cost of a straight rail stair lift is typically around $2,200 to $5,000 with installation based upon the make and model.
The short and simple answer to this is: yes! In some circumstances, hiring a stairlift may be the better option, rather than permanently buying one for the home. If you or a loved one only require a stairlift for a short amount of time, renting a stairlift can be far more economical.
If you have an old unwanted used Stairlift to sell that is no longer needed, Central Mobility will buy back and remove good quality second hand stairlifts and remove it for free! Central Mobility are always looking for good quality used Stairlifts such as Acorn stairlifts and Brooks stairlifts to recondition.
Fitness professionals’ encouragement of daily stair climbing as part of an exercise routine may help motivate participants to increase their daily walking and stair climbing . In older adults , regular stair climbing might be a promising way to increase PA and maintain their independence during their daily lives.
Stair lift cost: Shaft elevator and platform lift A platform lift is an alternative to a shaft elevator and is a simpler and somewhat cheaper option. Platform lifts are usually most used in public buildings since it takes up a lot of space in the stair .
There are a number of different models available and the usual price range you would be looking at is $3,000 – $5,000 for a straight stair lift.
Chairlift Costs by Brand
|Stairlift Brand||Average Cost|
|Harmar||$2,000 – $5,000|
|Acorn||$2,500 – $5,500|
|Handicare||$2,500 – $5,500|
|Stannah||$3,000 – $6,000|
280 to 350 pounds
about 10 years