2. Type of staircase
A straight up-and-down staircase is the easiest and most affordable type to equip with a stair lift. But don’t worry if yours is not straight – there are stair lifts made for all different shapes of stairs. There are even stair lifts made specifically for outside stairs. It’s just that the upfront cost and installation fees will be higher the more complex the setup.
If you have a straight staircase that includes one or more landings, it may be possible to save on costs by getting multiple straight-rail stair lifts. However, this does mean that the user will need to get off and switch seats partway up the stairs. His or her level of mobility will determine whether or not this is feasible.
Prices vary considerably for stair lifts, so it is important to set your budget before you shop for one. A new straight-rail model typically starts at about $3,000, while a new curved-rail stair lift is closer to $10,000 for a basic model. Both are a considerable investment, but cost significantly less than assisted living or even moving to a new home.
Keep in mind that some insurance plans will help with the cost. Talk to your insurance company early in your research to determine if yours does. That will greatly affect the budget you have to work with.