Are you or someone you love having mobility issues? If yes, you may need to make some changes to the home in order to age in place. We understand the need to make your home more comfortable and safer for you or your family member. If your house has stairs, you or your loved one may have issues climbing those stairs. And, that means you may need a stair lift. However, you may not be able to afford one. You may be wondering, “Are stair lifts covered by Medicare?” Here is some information for you about stair lifts for elderly and disabled and how to pay for them.
What Are Stair Lifts?
Stair lifts are mechanical devices that allow you to move between the floors of your house. There are many types of stair lifts. There are electric stair lifts that you can customize to fit your individual staircase. There are simple straight stair lifts as well. You sit on the stair lift’s chair. The motor moves you from floor to floor without you having to climb the stairs. It is safer and allows you to easily move from floor to floor.
Why Might I Need A Stair Lift?
Many homes have stairs. When you were younger, you may not have had any trouble at all getting up and down the stairs. However, for seniors, climbing stairs can become a problem for several reasons. First, you may have trouble getting up and down the stairs because of an accident or an injury. Injuries to your knees, hips, or back may make it hard to move between floors. You might also have a problem with balance. Many seniors have balance issues. This makes it difficult for them to maintain their balance as they go up and down the stairs, therefore stair lifts for the elderly can be a great choice.
Are Stair lifts Medicare Eligible?
You might be worried about the stair chair lift cost, especially if you are on a fixed income. We understand that. Nearly all seniors are on a fixed income, and they watch their money very carefully. There are some things you need to know about paying for stair lifts. First, if you qualify for Medicare, it will not pay for a stair lift. That’s because Medicare considers stair lifts to be a home improvement. And, as a result, Medicare regulations won’t allow coverage for stair lifts for the elderly.
However, if you qualify for Medicaid, you may qualify to get a stair chair lift at no cost to you. Unlike Medicare, under Medicaid regulations, stair lifts are considered necessary for you to live in your house. Both Medicare and Medicaid want seniors to stay and age in place if possible. That’s because it is more cost-effective to have you remain in your home. If you have Medicaid, more than likely you can get a stair chair lift free of charge.
Do you need a stair lift, and are not sure if you qualify? Your best bet may be to contact a company that specializes in helping people with their mobility issues. Contact AIP Mobility Plus, in Chatham, N.J., in Morris County. We have several stair lift options available for you. Of course, we can build you a custom stair lift, either outside or inside your home. We can also rent a stair lift for you, which is much more cost-effective for seniors on a fixed income. Why not give us a call today and let us help you figure out your needs. Of course, we offer on-site consultations, so you can have the perfect piece of mobility equipment to fit your needs. We can have you moving between the floors of your house in no time. Stair lifts for elderly and disabled are our specialty.