Electric stair lifts also known as stair glides, stairway lifts, chair lifts or stair chairs, provide a cost-effective solution to people with limited mobility, who may find it difficult to negotiate stairs at home. Rather than be forced to renovate an existing home, re-locate to another dwelling or even transfer to an assisted living facility, installing a chair lift for stairs can improve internal and external accessibility for users for a comparatively much lower cost. The option of buying a used or reconditioned electric stair lift is also available and will reduce costs further for customers.
How Do Electric Stair Lifts Work?
The most popular residential stair lift elevators comprise a motorized track mechanism which is bolted to an existing staircase and has a padded seat attached. Electric powered stair lifts plug into your home’s standard power outlet and can be installed on either side of the staircase without any structural changes being made. Although always connected to a power supply these units can either be powered electrically or battery powered with a rechargeable battery which ensures operation in the event of a power outage.
Stair lifts can be used to easily and quietly transport a person, groceries, luggage or even laundry between floors with just a simple press of a button. Popular features include obstruction sensors, remote controls, swivel seats with safety belts and platform bases that fold out of the way when not in use.
Who can benefit from a home stair lift?
A home stair lift can not only be of benefit to the user but it will also provide some comfort to family members and caregivers who may not always be around to help their loved ones in the home. Given that falling up or down stairs is one of the biggest causes of accidents in the home, installing a power chair lift will enable the handicapped and elderly to be safer and more independent in their own home even when they are alone.
Installation of Electric Stair Lifts
Home stair chair lifts can be installed on any types of staircases be they straight, curved or spiral. There are also outdoor stair lifts with weatherproof upholstery, specifically designed for installation on outdoor steps and ramps. Heavy duty stair lifts specifically designed for wheelchairs and scooters are also available. These extra wide vertical platform lifts make access a breeze for these mobility vehicles.
Stair Lift Prices
The cost of a professionally installed stair lift will vary depending on the type of lift and your stair case configuration however for a standard straight stair chair lift you can expect prices to be between $2,500 to $4,000. Alternatively, you may choose to reduce the cost by installing the stairlift yourself. AmeriGlide manufacture new electric stair lifts that are designed for easy homeowner installation and are priced from as little as $1749.00.
Some companies also offer factory refurbished and used stair lifts at a fraction of the cost of a new one.
Medicare does not cover the cost of electric stair lifts however some private medical health insurers may cover some of the cost of installation. Check with your insurance provider first.
Before buying a stair lift
If you are considering purchasing an electric stair lift then the first thing you should do is to seek out a reputable dealer. They should be able to provide you with vital information about the cost, options available and the positioning of the lift. Talk to a consultant about how to take accurate measurements of your staircase in order to determine the track length required. They should also be able to give a recommendation on the best stair lift for your specific needs .
Always check with your supplier and/or local council to ascertain whether or not installation standards apply in your area. If you are at all unsure about installing the stair lift yourself, seek out a professional installer to do it for you.
Popular lift brands include AmeriGlide, Acorn, Bruno and Stannah Stair Lifts. For more information on which of these electric stair lifts may be right for you, please visit our page on stair lift manufacturers.