As people age, their mobility often decreases, making it more difficult to move around their homes. This can lead to a lower quality of life and even pose safety risks that can negatively impact one’s health and well-being. 

One solution that can help older homeowners continue to move freely around their homes is the installation of a mobility chair lift. What are mobility chair lifts? How do you know if you need one? Does insurance cover them? Below we cover all the basics of these potentially life-saving devices.

What Is a Mobility Chair Lift?

A mobility chair lift, also known as a stairlift, is a mechanical device used for lifting people up and down stairs. It is typically composed of a rail mounted to the treads of the stairs and a motorized chair that moves along this rail. The user sits on the chair and uses controls to move up or down the stairs.

There are several types of mobility chair lifts on the market, including straight rail stair lifts for straight staircases, curved rail stair lifts for staircases with turns or curves and outdoor stair lifts for outdoor steps. These lifts can be invaluable for older homeowners, providing a safe and easy way to navigate their homes and maintain their independence.

Benefits of Having a Mobility Chair Lift at Home

The primary benefit of having a mobility chair lift at home is improved mobility. It allows users to traverse the stairs in their homes easily and safely. This prevents accidents and falls, which are common among older adults.

A mobility chair lift enhances independence by allowing people to move freely around their homes without assistance. Users also enjoy benefits such as increased comfort and convenience, as well as potential increases in home value due to improved accessibility.

Factors to Consider When Purchasing a Mobility Chair Lift

Before purchasing a mobility chair lift, consider the space and layout of your home. Not all lifts are suitable for all types of staircases, so you’ll need to choose a model that fits your specific needs.

You’ll also want to think about your individual mobility needs. If you have difficulty standing or sitting, a standing lift might be more suitable than a seated one. If you use a wheelchair or walker, you’ll need a model that can accommodate these devices.

Budget is a concern for most homeowners. Mobility chair lifts can range in price, so do your research to find a model that fits your budget without compromising on quality or durability. (You can also contact the team here at Omicelo Health, and we can help you navigate your options.)

The Installation Process of Mobility Chair Lifts

Installing a mobility chair lift requires professional expertise. The process typically includes an initial assessment of your staircase, selection of the right type of lift, installation of the rail system and fitting the chair itself.

While it’s possible to install some models yourself, professional installation is highly recommended to ensure that the lift is installed correctly and safely. Regular maintenance is also important to keep the lift running smoothly and prolong its lifespan.

Funding and Insurance Coverage for Mobility Chair Lifts

Buying a mobility chair lift may depend on a variety of sources such as government programs, non-profit organizations, insurance coverage or out-of-pocket expenses. Understanding your insurance coverage for mobility chair lifts can be complex but many providers offer assistance in navigating this process.

In addition to insurance coverage, there may be other financial assistance options available such as grants or loans specifically designed for home modifications for seniors. You can contact Omicelo for additional guidance in this area.

Learn More With Omicelo Health

At Omicelo Health, we understand how crucial it is to maintain independence as we age. That’s why we’re dedicated to helping homeowners navigate the world of accessible home modifications.

Our expert staff can guide you through finding the right solutions to make your home safer and improve your quality of life as you age. Reach out to us today and let us help you find the perfect mobility chair lift for your needs.