If stairs have become an obstacle to your ability to live comfortably, safely and independently in your home, you don’t need to start thinking about moving to a new place. Instead, it’s the perfect time to install a stairlift. 

Since most people are unable to pay for or have available space for an elevator in their house, a stairlift provides an ideal solution for navigating multiple levels of your home. In this post, we’ll tell you about stairlifts, why they’re becoming more popular for older homeowners and what it takes to have one installed.

What’s a Stairlift?

Stairlifts make life easier for seniors by providing a safer environment that significantly reduces the risk of falls. They allow older adults to maintain their independence and “age in place” in their homes.

Stairlifts are mechanical devices installed on staircases to transport individuals safely and securely between levels. Their motorized chairs or platforms move along a rail or track fitted to the staircase. It’s a vital home modification for anyone who has difficulty climbing up and down stairs.

They provide many valuable benefits, including: 

  • Reducing the risk of falls and injuries
  • Increasing confidence and peace of mind
  • Providing access to the entire house
  • Reducing reliance on others
  • Making daily life more comfortable and convenient
  • Allowing a safe environment for aging in place

There are different types of stairlifts available, including straight stairlifts, curved stairlifts, outdoor stairlifts and standing stairlifts. The choice depends on the size, length and shape of your staircase and the senior’s physical condition.

When shopping for stairlifts, you’ll need to consider the available space in your home. Some stairlift models require more space than others, so be sure to measure your staircase or have a professional take measurements for you.

Features to Look for in Stairlifts for Seniors

Stairlifts come equipped with a variety of standard and optional features that cater to different needs and preferences. Here’s what to look for when considering your options:

Standard Features

  • Battery operation with automatic charging
  • Remote control
  • Seat belts
  • Emergency stop switches
  • Overspeed governor (safety device that activates if the speed of the lift is exceeded)
  • Constant pressure operation (ensures the lift stops when you remove your fingers from the control)
  • Folding seat and footrest
  • Call-send stations (wall-mounted unit that you can press to send the chair to you)

Optional Features

  • Power seat swivel
  • Power folding footrest
  • Flip-up rail/Slide track
  • Weight and capacity
  • Seat fitting and adjustments
  • Seat styles and colors

Financial Assistance for Purchasing Stairlifts

The costs for stairlifts for seniors can vary depending on factors such as the type of the lift, whether it needs to be customized to fit your stairs, its length and any additional features such as speed levels. You’ll need to consider your budget when reviewing your choices but keep in mind that there are different financing options available such as grants, subsidies or loans available through Medicare, Medicaid, Veteran Affairs grants and other local government programs.

Some insurance companies cover the cost of stairlifts, so check with your provider for coverage details.

Let Omicelo Health Help You Find Stairlifts for Seniors

At Omicelo Health, we understand the importance of creating safe homes for aging adults and their families. Our team is dedicated to helping older homeowners with home upgrades that provide safety, comfort, and independence.

Whether you need assistance assessing your home for a stairlift or finding the right stairlift for your needs, our team is here to help. Our home modification experts can help you make the best decision for you and your loved ones.

Contact us today to learn more.