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Frequently Asked Questions about Stair Lifts

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If you or a loved one requires a stair lift to be built in your home, it is important to get the facts on all aspects of the lift, from design and installation to payment. These lifts can get expensive, making it all the more critical that you how exactly to pay for them. By answering a few frequently asked questions, you can feel better prepared when making this important investment for your family.

Will Medicare Pay for My Stair Lift?

The short and simple answer is: no. Unfortunately, Medicare, at the very most, will only pay for a small portion of the cost of a lift if the lift has an elevating seat that helps the rider get in and out. However, these can get very pricey, making the contribution from Medicare fairly minuscule. Also, any Medicare supplemental insurance policies will not pay for stair lifts, either. These policies are designed to help out with co-payments and deductibles for any goods or services covered by Medicare, so if something’s not covered by Medicare, it won’t be covered by the supplemental insurance.

Who Does Help Pay for My Lift?

Certain states, including New Jersey, have programs that can help pay for these products. In New Jersey, this program is called Jersey Assistance for Community Caregiving, or JACC. JACC is not a Medicaid program and there are cost caps, which is important to consider. The link provided above has much more information on JACC, including who qualifies for it.

Should I Let My Grandchildren Play on My Stair Lift?

In short, no. Stair lifts are only for those who need to use them. They are not toys, and should not be treated as such. Your grandchild could seriously injure themselves if they play on the lift, as well as potentially break or damage it. This damage could cost you a lot of money, too.

What Are Some Features of a Residential Stair Lift?

Your stair lift should include the following:

  • A padded seat and backrest
  • Folding arms that allow access to the stairway
  • A swivel seat that will aid you in sitting down or getting up from the lift
  • Safety sensors

These are only a few essential features of an average stair lift, but they do the trick.

Get a High-Quality Stair Lift for Your Home

If you or someone you love has mobility issues, installing a stair lift is one way to increase independence and allow you to remain in your home for as long as you need. Increasing mobility can help boost mood and confidence, so don’t wait. Contact us Inclinator Elevette today to learn how our products can help you.