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Choosing a Stairlift: How to Pick the Right One for Your Home and Needs

Stairlifts for elderly individuals and anyone who has mobility problems can make a huge difference in a person’s safety, independence, and quality of life. Yet there are many different types of stairlifts to choose from and lots of factors to consider before buying one.

Here is some information about the various types of stairlifts and tips for choosing a stairlift that’s right for you or a loved one. We’ll also address key features to look for, stair lift costs, and the overall benefits of having a stairlift in the home.

Types of Stairlifts for Elderly and Disabled

A very common type of stairlift that many people use today is the straight stairlift. This stairlift attaches to a straight track along a flight of stairs, it’s easy to install, and often the most affordable choice. Curved stairlifts are used in homes that have curved or spiral staircases, allowing smooth turns and a safe trip between floors.

However, stairlifts for elderly and disabled individuals aren’t just limited to indoor use. If you have stairs outside your home, you may benefit from an outdoor lift in the form of either a standard stair lift of a vertical platform lift. Outdoor lifts can be either straight or curved, depending upon the style of the stairs you have. While not exactly for stairs, stairlift providers like Dermer Stairlifts also provide wheelchair lifts to make it easier to get in and out of your vehicle.

Home Size Considerations

The dimensions and style of your home are big factors to consider when choosing a stairlift. You’ll want to assess the size and shape of your stairs and take measurements to determine the size of the stairlift you need. At Dermer, we’ll come out to your home to provide a no obligation, in-home estimate to figure out these details for you!

Seat Type Considerations

In addition to the track that your stairlift will run on, you’ll also want to think about the type of seat that will make you most comfortable. Most stairlift seats face away from the wall and towards the stairs, but some models have seats that swivel, which can make it easier to get into and out of the seat. It’s also important to have an ideal chair height and a seat belt for added safety.

Stair Lift Cost Considerations

Stair lift costs and your financial budget are also major considerations when choosing a stairlift. Many stairlifts range between $2,000 and $5,000 in price, but it’s important to know what’s included in the total cost. For example, a cost estimate may include additional and essential things like the cost of a permit, inspection, installation, and warranty. Make sure to read the fine print to ensure that there are no hidden fees that you’re unaware of when choosing a stairlift. Some models, like our Elan Stairlift, provide an affordable, entry-level model that’s dependable and one of the most inexpensive lifts on the market.

Benefits of Choosing a Stairlift to Suit Your Needs

Dermer Stairlifts has been providing stairlift products and services to people like you in all five boroughs of New York City, as well as Westchester, Suffolk, and Nassau counties for over 15 years. To assist you with the stair lift cost, we offer both new and used lifts, lift rentals with options to purchase later, and financing solutions. We also perform full home evaluations, free estimates with no pressure, professional installation, an annual maintenance program, and respond to service requests as needed.

The lifts we offer are well-suited to individuals with a wide range of mobility challenges, and we believe that there is an ideal lift for everyone. Contact us to learn more about our various stairlifts and how we can make choosing a stairlift to suit your needs easy, convenient, and affordable. We look forward to helping you enjoy the home you love for many more years to come!