If you have mobility issues, safely aging-in-place can be a challenge. If you are in a wheelchair or use a walker, stairways can be dangerous to navigate or simply impossible to climb. 

Residential elevators and lifts make it easier and safer to access all the levels of your home as you age-in-place. When considering an elevator or a lift, you first need to decide which option is suitable for your individual situation and needs.

Keep reading to learn more about why elevators and lifts are more affordable than you think!

Stair Lift vs. Elevator

A stair lift is a good option if you only need access between two floors using a single staircase. Stair lifts are usually battery-powered and can be configured to accommodate stairways with curves or a bend.

If you are looking to access multiple floors, you may want to consider a residential elevator. Elevators mean that no floor in your home is inaccessible, from a converted attic bedroom to a finished basement. 

Elevators make it possible to live in your home as you always have, without having to navigate potentially dangerous staircases.

With advancing technology, elevators and lifts are no longer the luxury items they were once considered to be. There are models to fit a range of budgets, including vacuum elevators, which use pneumatic technology to operate and require much less space and energy to run. 

Are Elevators and Stair Lifts Affordable?

Stair lifts are sometimes fully or partially covered by insurance. Furthermore, some manufacturers offer fully guaranteed, factory-refurbished systems for less than the cost of a new system. Given the rising costs of assisted living facilities and nursing homes, your investment to install a residential elevator or lift can be far less than you would ultimately pay for years of care in an outside facility. 

A residential elevator or lift can make your home a viable alternative to costly care facilities and allow you to remain comfortably at home as you age-in-place.  

When compared to the expense of completely remodeling your home for single-floor accessibility, an elevator or lift can be a much more cost-effective solution. When installing an elevator or lift, your house layout remains much the same while becoming more easily and safely accessible. 

Why Install an Elevator or Lift?

These mobility aids allow you to continue fully accessing all the levels of your home. With mobility aids, you can still sleep in your own bedroom on the second floor or do laundry in your basement laundry area.

The installation of a residential elevator or lift significantly improves your ability to stay in your own home as you age-in-place. It can also increase the resale value of your home. 

Homes with built-in mobility aids are attractive to buyers who might need these aids themselves or who plan to live with family members who have mobility issues. The investment you make in an elevator or lift today can result in higher profits when you are ready to sell your home.  

The team at Portland Accessibility Remodelers is committed to working with you to make your home accessible, safe, and comfortable as you age-in-place. If you think a residential elevator or lift might be right for you, we can help you find exactly the model that suits your needs, budget, and home!  

Do you want to learn more about how installing an elevator or stair lift can be very affordable? Contact the professionals at Portland Accessibility Remodelers today!