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Stair Lifts Costs

[This article was initially published on the blog August 15, 2017. I checked current payment options for residents of Missouri and Kansas.]

I recently encountered a client who was unable to walk up the stairs in her home to access her bedroom and bathroom. Unfortunately, my client has no bathroom on the main level of the house. My client has the following options: 1) Use a bedside commode and portable shower in the living room. 2) Install a stair lift or inclined wheelchair lift to access the second floor. The client opted to remain in a facility until gaining more independence with her ability to care for herself.

A stair lift or elevator is a viable choice for people who want to remain living in their home. However, lifts can cost thousands of dollars and can be difficult for most people to pay up front. For adults 65 years and older, Medicare will only pay a small sum if the stair lift has an elevated seat. People eligible for Medicaid will find coverage varies by state and may not cover the entire cost of the installation. Read my blog post, "Payment Options for Home Modifications" to learn more about Missouri Medicaid.

Lastly, the Veteran's Administration will pay for a stair lift or inclined wheelchair lift for a veteran who is a wheelchair user with a service connected disability. This will occur after a home visit and functional skills assessment by an occupational therapist. 

It is important to note that I always recommend using a company who specializes in lifts and elevators, such as KC Lift, in able to assure you purchase the most appropriate and safe lift for your needs. If you purchase a lift off of the internet, you do not have the guarantee the lift is properly installed.

If you were unable to move on your own, would you be able to live in your home? Please contact me on Facebook (@stayathomesolutionskc) or email me to let me know what your options would be!