Thinking of buying a stairlift?
Thinking of buying a stairlift? Here are a few important things to look out for.
Looking for a stairlift? We can help you find a solution to your problem.
If you have difficulty getting up and down the stairs you are not alone. Every year thousands of people look for a solution to the problems posed by the staircase in their home. Stairlifts offer a safe and reliable way of overcoming the problem of getting up and down the stairs.For many people making the decision to have a stairlift installed can be a daunting one. We have answered a few of the more common questions below.
What is the difference between a straight and a curved lift?
There are two basic types of stairlifts that are sold today: straight and curved. The type you need will depend upon the design of your staircase.
A straight stairlift is one that travels in a straight line up a flight of stairs uninterrupted by landings, bends, or curves, and can costs anywhere between $3,000 and $8,000 installed.
Curved lifts, however, are much more elaborate and will go around corners, bends, and changes in direction. Curved lifts are also much more expensive typically running between $10,000 and $15,000 or more depending on the complexity of the installation and can be financed on approved credit.
There are also a few other specialty lifts available from outdoor stairlifts, wheelchair lifts, and even single-person elevators for situations where traditional lifts are not a viable option.
When are stairlifts needed?
The short answer is whenever you or a loved one is in danger of falling on the staircase. But here’s the catch: nobody wants to admit they need some help with something they’ve done without a second thought for decades.
Here are some common signs that it’s time to consider getting a lift installed:
- Walking up or down your stairs fills you with anxiety because you’re afraid of falling
- Your doctor has advised you to avoid stairs due to health concerns (strokes, heart conditions, severe arthritis and medications that affect balance or vision are common risk factors)
- Mobility concerns due to balance, joint pain and stiffness, or leg strength make climbing stairs unsafe
- You try to avoid using your stairs, or worse yet, have stopped using part of your home because of the stairs
Does Medicare cover stairlifts?
Unfortunately, Medicare does not cover stairlifts, but if you are a veteran the VA offers cash grants to veterans with disabilities for home safety improvements. Integrated Medical offers financing on approved credit. (Click here to apply.)
Critical Stairlift Features to Consider
Let’s start with safety. Even a basic lift should have these features as standard equipment:
- Battery backup with power for multiple trips if electrical service is disrupted
- Auto-stop sensors that detect objects in the path of the chair
- Swivel seat design that lets you get on and off your chair on a flat surface – not just stopping at the top stair
- Optional safety belt for added security
- Provides a smooth, “bump-free” ride along the stairway
Better quality lifts include more features and a more attractive design for your home. Look for:
- Remote controls that allow you to call the chair to you or send it away when not in use
- Warranty: Make sure your stairlift has a lifetime warranty that covers the critical parts
- Easy to reach controls and a key-lock system to prevent unauthorized use
- Your stairlift should easily fold up to allow extra stairway room when not in use
Powered options to consider are as follows:
Let us help you find a solution.
Whether you need a straight rail stairlift, a custom curved rail stair lift, or an outdoor straight rail or outdoor curved stairlift, Integrated Medical Supplies is there with the solution. Peace of mind is the prevailing emotion when you realize how safe and content you, and your whole family, will be with a stairlift. To find out more about our stairlifts and how to decide which type you need for your staircase, contact us today. We offer FREE, no-obligation home assessments and we also finance on approved credit.
Integrated Medical Supplies
22114 S Vermont Ave, Suite 101
Torrance, CA 90502