If you or an older loved one is dealing with a mobility issue, it can be challenging to navigate stairs — making it difficult to age in place. An outdoor stairlift can be an invaluable asset for those who find stairs to be a barrier to living independently. 

With a variety of options available, many homeowners wonder which outdoor stairlift is the right one for their situation. In this blog post, we will take a closer look at the benefits of an outdoor stairlift, things to consider when choosing one, and how to have one installed.

Benefits of an Outdoor Stairlift

Installing an outdoor stairlift in your home can provide a number of highly practical benefits, including:

• Increased independence and improved mobility

• Reduce the risk of falls 

• Improve your quality of life 

• Provide access to one’s yard and other outside areas of your home

• Peace of mind for the resident and those who care for them

Things to Consider Before Purchasing an Outdoor Stairlift

When selecting an outdoor stairlift, there are several important factors to consider. 


First and foremost, you’ll want to determine how much stairlifts will cost and what you can afford. While there are affordable options available, such as a wheelchair ramp, they may not offer the same features as a stairlift. 


You’ll want to take into account the amount of room you have available to place a stairlift. A stairlift requires stable, even surfaces for installation, as well as flat, steady space to navigate in and out at both the top and bottom of the stairlift. 


Will weather conditions such as wind, rain, or ice affect the lift and interfere with its operation? This may impact whether you will need additional components such as coverings. 

Weight Capacity 

Be sure that the stairlift you choose has a weight capacity that meets your needs. Weight limits vary, so keep that in mind when reviewing your options. 

Types of Outdoor Stairlifts

When selecting an outdoor stairlift, there are a few different types available to choose from. 

Curved Stairlifts

Curved stairlifts are designed to fit more complex staircases with multiple landings and curves. This type of equipment requires a professional to engineer a solution that fits the unique needs of your home. 

Straight Stairlifts

Straight stairlifts are designed for simple staircases with no curves. They take the seated user up and down the stairs in a straight path. 

Platform Stairlifts

Platform lifts are the preferred option for larger spaces and can accommodate wheelchairs and other mobility aids. These lifts typically work like an elevator, raising and lowering the user while they remain stationary in their wheelchair or scooter. 

Portable Stairlifts

In some situations, portable stairlifts can offer a more flexible option for those who need a lift just for occasional use or may need to move it to different locations in the home.

Outdoor Chairlift Installation

When installing your outdoor stairlift, there are a few important factors to consider. First, make sure that the lift is equipped with all the necessary safety features such as sensors and emergency stop buttons. Never compromise the safety of your loved ones for budget, space, or other reasons. 

You’ll also want to determine what type of power source is required for the lift and where the charging station will be located. A professional electrician or Member of the Omicelo Health Team will be able to assess your situation and equipment and provide expert guidance for power needs. 

Before making your final purchase decision, research any warranties or maintenance plans offered by the manufacturer or retailer. Since outdoor stairlifts are mechanical, they require regular care and maintenance to ensure proper operation.

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Financing an Outdoor Chairlift

In our experience, we find that most homeowners need some kind of financial assistance to install an outdoor chairlift in their homes. At Omicelo Health, we offer guidance for residents to locate financing options such as insurance, Medicaid, loans, or even local grants. Contact us to learn more. 

If you have questions about financing, installation, or features of outdoor chairlifts, let Omicelo Health help you. Our mission is to assist community members with home modifications that allow residents with accessibility needs to remain in their homes safely and age in place independently. 

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