When a member of the family has decreased mobility, it’s important to consider options that will make daily life easier. However, many families assume that an in-home elevator or chairlift is out of the range of possibilities. By considering what influences the price of these solutions, you can come up with a plan that addresses the needs of your loved one while staying in your own realm of affordability.
Why Should I Install an Elevator or Chairlift?
The first consideration is why you should consider one of these solutions. Accessibility is the biggest reason for either purchase. If you have a multi-level home and there are things your loved one needs on various levels, such as a shower, it becomes necessary to avoid disaster. Even further, such an installation can increase the value of a home, particularly in areas where a lot of elderly and disabled persons live.
Costs for an Elevator
On average, an elevator will cost $20,000 for full installation in a home. While it seems like a large amount of money, this figure covers all aspects of an elevator from the unit to the labor and safety requirements. However, it is important to know that elevators installed for medical reasons could qualify for a tax deduction, leading to lower overall costs.
Additional costs arise from vertical shafts that are created by architects, upscale features or materials, carpentry work, higher ceilings for access, permits, and installation.
If a $20,000 price point is not in the cards for your budget, chairlifts are much more affordable and give a lot of the same convenience. Rather than having a cabin that can travel between levels, a chair will literally lift the rider over the staircase which will lessen the risk of incident on stairwells, which pose a large risk for older and disabled folk.
Chairlifts require much less labor for installation and don’t need the shafts and heightened ceilings often required for an elevator. In fact, most of these lifts are already assembled. The track will have to be adjusted to fit the specifications of each unique stairway. Higher installation prices come from stairs that have more curves that make it necessary to further customize the track. Site complications can also add to the price, but an in-person quote can often be reliable for an estimate of how much a chairlift will cost a family.
The safety of your loved ones is important to us at Inclinator Elevette. Contact us today to find out how our services can help your family.