Chair Lift for Mom visits

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Chair Lift for Mom visits

Post by TBillT » Sun Oct 13, 2019 7:11 pm

Any different ideas for a chair lift that would only be used for when mom visits?
I guess rental is avaiible but if we are talking several trips per year, just better off getting a lift.
But not sure if there something like a chair that comes off for storage or anything like that.
I think we can get by with a straight lift up the stairs to the bedrooms, though we have a landing at the bottom.

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Re: Chair Lift for Mom visits

Post by smitcat » Sun Oct 13, 2019 7:33 pm

TBillT wrote:
Sun Oct 13, 2019 7:11 pm
Any different ideas for a chair lift that would only be used for when mom visits?
I guess rental is avaiible but if we are talking several trips per year, just better off getting a lift.
But not sure if there something like a chair that comes off for storage or anything like that.
I think we can get by with a straight lift up the stairs to the bedrooms, though we have a landing at the bottom.
You may find an alternative to a permanent folding chair lift but we did not when we installed one about 10 years back. at the time we looked there was nothing that could work for a full flight of steps other than a lift - I will say that when folded up it is fairly easy to get around.

Another thought - we did sell ours used hen we no longer required it , perhaps an alternative to acquire one.

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Re: Chair Lift for Mom visits

Post by HomeStretch » Sun Oct 13, 2019 7:47 pm

My mom just received quotes from distributors for Acorn and Bruno plus a third dealer that sells new/used equipment from various mfrs. I am waiting to see the written contract from the Bruno distributor she has decided to go with.

For a chairlift that is a straight run from one level to the next (8 foot ceilings) the equipment and installation labor quotes ranged from $3,000-$3,300. The quote does not include the electrician to install an outlet for a cord to recharge the base’s battery or minor drywall patching after the stairway railing is removed (necessary to mount chairlift up against wall). The quote includes a guaranteed buyback price of 20% ($600-$660) with no charge for deinstallation.

The chair folds up when not in use but there was not an option to remove the chair. You have to have adequate landing space/headroom at top and bottom for user to get in and out of chair unobstructed.

One dealer said they carried used equipment but only offered 10% off ($3,000 used vs $3,300 new) as dealer claimed there was significant cost to refurbish equipment and installation labor was a large component of the quote.

This probably doesn’t apply to your situation. Medicare will not cover the cost (it’s a home modification, not durable medical equipment). I have heard some private insurers will. Her specialist will provide written documentation for the medical necessity so it will be deductible for tax purposes if itemizing.

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Chair Lift manufacturers

Post by Bogle7 » Sun Oct 13, 2019 8:42 pm

Go with the best http://leitner-poma.com/

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Re: Chair Lift for Mom visits

Post by lthenderson » Mon Oct 14, 2019 8:43 am

They do make mobile chair lifts for stairs that are less in cost than permanently mounted ones. They do require another person to move it up and down the steps however.

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Re: Chair Lift for Mom visits

Post by TBillT » Mon Oct 14, 2019 3:07 pm

Thanks all!!

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Re: Chair Lift for Mom visits

Post by TBillT » Mon Oct 14, 2019 3:16 pm

lthenderson wrote:
Mon Oct 14, 2019 8:43 am
They do make mobile chair lifts for stairs that are less in cost than permanently mounted ones. They do require another person to move it up and down the steps however.
That's interesting option. I guess it has motorized roller track.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhBhuuoeyd4

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