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Question DetailsAsked on 8/21/2014

What is the cost of a Stair Chair Lift and installation?

There are 13 stairs and the width of stairway is 37".

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Here is a prior stairlift question with response which might help you -

For a straight shot one, with adequate space at the top and bottom of the stairs for the parking area and using a tilt-up seat, they can run from $1000 on up, though the $1000 ones are pretty flimsy looking to me. Normally, straight flight ones that are ones from brandname companies which you would actually want to trust your life to or wheelchair capable are in the $3-6,000 range, with ones for multi-flights or curved stairs typically running $4-8,000 - and higher-end ones, ones for unusual stair configurations, and ones for unusual body size or weight or capable of handling an outdoor-use motorized wheelchair with person running $10-15,000 at times.

A couple of things to pay attention to in addition to general ruggedness of construction - how much they block walking on the stairs when not in use, weight capacity, whether they have adaptable capability (for seating (with seatbelt) or wheelchair parking, should that ever become necessary), and whether they have a power failure mode to allow them to descend the stairs if the power goes off (both if fails mid-lift, or if need to get from upstairs to downstairs in an emergency while power is out). Adequate space for person (or person in wheelchair) PLUS ancillary medical equipment such as oxygen tank cart or ventilator or other wheeled portable machinery should also be considered, keeping in mind possible future needs as well as current condition. Having a controller on the chair itself is also nice for safety, to be able to stop mid-run rather than only from buttons at top and bottom Also, an alarm or emergency alert or emergency 911 phone dialing capability in case they break down mid-stairs can be a very useful addition.

Also, pay attention to potential medical insurance coverage - as some sytles or models might qualify, but others not, and some insurance carriers (or medicare/medicaid/VA) may require such items be bought from companies they have bulk sales agreements with in order to be covered.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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