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How to Find Funding for Your Home’s Stair Lift

Using stairs the easy way –  The Scalamobil converts your wheelchair into a mobile stair wheelchair. Scalamobil is a battery operated portable stair climber that attaches to most manual wheelchairs. This innovative device can ascend or descend almost any type of stair from spiral staircases to wood or stone step surfaces without wear and tear. No modifications or installations to existing building structures required.

Scalamobil is compact and lightweight making it ideal to transport and store.

Scalamobil weighs just 54 pounds and can carry a maximum load of 265 pounds up 300 steps on one battery charge.

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Although it may be pretty obvious what the benefits are when it comes to stair lifts (Safety! Greater mobility! Independence!), many people are left wondering how they can pay for this type of home mobility solution.

Stair lifts can cost anywhere from $3,000 to $5,000. And if you happen to have a curved staircase in your home, you might even be paying somewhere along the lines of $10,000! For many people, these steep prices can be a dealbreaker. However, at Mobility123, we don’t want it to be a dealbreaker for you. We want you to be able to enjoy the entirety of your home with the help of our New Jersey stair lifts. For this reason, we’re going to help you find opportunities for funding in this blog (and they’re actually pretty plentiful).

Here’s Where Not to Look:

  • Medicare – Although it may be your first instinct to check Medicare, it’s actually one of the places you shouldn’t look. This is because Medicare does not cover the costs of stair lifts, their reason being that they consider them a “home modification” rather than “durable medical equipment.”

Here’s Where You Should Look:

  • Veteran’s Administration – If you’ve ever served in the military, the first place you should look is the Veteran’s Administration (VA) to learn about stairlift funding in Philadelphia, PA, and the surrounding areas. This organization has a couple of different options that you can choose from.

  • Medicaid – Although Medicaid’s policies will vary from state to state, it’s common for many people to find funding for their stair lift through this organization. In fact, Medicaid will likely pay for the cost of your stair lift as long as it enables you or a loved one to remain living in your home and avoid nursing home placement.

  • State-Based Programs – You can also look to state-based programs if you need funding assistance for a stair lift. Eligibility will vary for each program, so check the guidelines to see where you stand. If you live in New Jersey, you can try the New Jersey Assistance for Community Caregiving. If you live in Pennsylvania, you can try the Access Home Modification Program, the Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation, and the Options Program.

To learn more about our stairlifts or house elevators in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, give us a call at 888-258-0652.