I am currently pricing stair lifts for my mother’s house. She has a simple straight staircase (there’s a landing at the bottom but I think if she can walk at all she can make it up those bottom two steps and the rest is a straight shot). However, knowing absolutely nothing about these critters I of course fear being rooked.
Has anybody ever had one of these installed? If so, do you have any advice regarding brand name (either for or against), features to look for, size, etc.? (My mother weighs well under 200 lbs. and is the only person likely to ever use it so it doesn’t need to be maximum capacity or anything.)
I’ve also wondered if it’s possible to buy them used. Since there are people who buy them for terminally ill relatives or for temporary disabilities and then no longer need them it would seem to be logical. For that matter, how easy is it to remove them when they are no longer required?
Also, I know that Medicare doesn’t cover them but does anybody know if any insurance policies do? (I won’t hold you accountable if my mother’s does not, obviously, but I don’t have access to her specific Blue Cross/Blue Shield policy or Mutual of Omaha supplemental policies and was curious if it’s worth pursuing diligently whether insurance ever pays for such a critter.)
Thanks for any info (and if you can’t stop, wave).