What is a stairlift?
A stairlift is a mechanical lift system with a built-in chair that will carry you up and down a set of stairs. Stairlifts are installed in multi-story homes to make the upper floors accessible for people who have difficulty navigating the stairs without assistance.
What are the benefits of stairlifts?
Stairlifts provide a way for people to have access to and enjoy their entire home, regardless of any mobility issues or disabilities that would normally make walking up and down the stairs difficult or unsafe. For many people, including seniors, stairlifts provide a level of independence that makes it possible for them to remain in their own homes rather than relocate to a one-story home or an assisted living facility.
What is the average price of a stairlift?
There are many different amenities and features available in today’s stairlifts, and all of these things affect the price, so prices vary according to several factors. In the Seattle area, basic models usually run between $2,000 and $5,000, and higher-end models run between $5,000 and $7,000. Prices for some models can even reach $10,000 in situations with staircases that are larger or more complex than traditional ones.
How safe is the stairlift?
Stairlifts are installed by trained installers who know how to make sure they are safe. In addition, stairlifts have built-in safety features, such as sensors that can detect motion or obstructions on the stairs and stop the stairlift if necessary. All stairlifts are also fitted with the appropriate seat belt system. Other safety features may include swivel seats that allow users to easily stand up when the stairlift has stopped moving and folding rails.
Can stairlifts be fitted to any stairs?
Stairlifts can be customized to fit any kind of stairs, regardless of if they are traditional straight staircases or more complex designs with curved areas. They can even be installed outdoors or on staircases with landings.
Does insurance cover the cost of a stairlift?
Traditional health insurance and Medicare do not cover the cost of stairlifts, so in most cases, you would need to pay out-of-pocket. In some communities, there are organizations or charities that can provide financial assistance to help cover a portion or all of the cost of the purchase and installation.
What maintenance does as stairlift require?
A properly maintained stairlift can last for many years. You can use a damp cloth to wipe the rails and seat, which will help prevent dust and dirt from accumulating. In addition, your stairlift will require annual maintenance provided by a trained technician who will check for broken or missing parts, make any necessary repairs, and check or replace the battery.
How much will stairlift maintenance cost?
The cost for annual maintenance can typically run between $100 and $200, but in some situations, your stairlift company will provide annual maintenance at a reduced fee as part of a maintenance contract.
How often will the batteries on a stairlift need to be replaced?
Stairlift batteries typically last about three years on average and up to five years. Your maintenance technician will check your batteries as part of your annual maintenance visit and let you know if they need to be replaced.
How is a stairlift powered?
Stairlifts are typically powered by two batteries, which are automatically recharged through a standard wall outlet in your home. This is the reason why stairlifts also have plugs as well as batteries. Because they are powered by batteries, stairlifts will continue to work if there is a power outage.
Can I replace stairlift batteries myself?
You should not replace your stairlift’s batteries on your own, because it is necessary to disassemble part of the unit in order to access the area where the batteries are located. A trained maintenance professional can replace your batteries during your annual service appointment.
Can I install my own stairlift?
Your stairlift will be customized to fit your stairs, so it’s important to have it professionally installed. Only trained installers should install stairlifts. This ensures that your stairlift will operate safely on your stairs. Professional installation also preserves your stairlift’s warranty.
How long will it take before my stairlift can be installed?
The length of time required to install your stairlift will depend on the model and the structure of your staircase. Our trained installers can typically complete the installation of basic models within a couple of hours, but it may take four or five hours for other models with more options or more complex staircase designs.
How will my stairlift be installed?
Once you have decided on a stairlift, our trained specialists will take the appropriate measurements, and your system will be custom-made. During the installation process, our professional installers will assemble and install your new stairlift properly and safely so it’s ready for you to use.
What are the weight capacities of stairlifts?
The weight capacity of stairlifts varies according to each model. Most stairlifts have a weight capacity of around 300 pounds, but there are models that have a capacity upwards of 400 pounds. Our trained specialists can help you choose a stairlift that is the proper weight capacity to meet your needs.
How do I use a stairlift?
Sit comfortably on the seat, secure the seatbelt, and turn it on by flipping the switch. The stairlift will then begin moving. For more information, see this video that shows how to operate a stairlift properly and safely.
How do I pick the best stairlift?
You want to choose a stairlift that has the features that you want, such as type of seat, weight capacity, type of footrest, and your choice of upholstery. Our trained specialists can provide you will all of the information you need to choose the best stairlift for your home.