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Stair Lift

We want to move my mum to our home and this requires that we have a stairlift so that she can go to the bedroom on the second floor.

Have had one installed? If so please explain how you chose the make and model and your shopping and negotiating experience. Did you look at the used ones?

Thanks for your help
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fhirji wrote: We want to move my mum to our home and this requires that we have a stairlift so that she can go to the bedroom on the second floor.

Have had one installed? If so please explain how you chose the make and model and your shopping and negotiating experience. Did you look at the used ones?

Thanks for your help
Are the stairs straight up/down or curved?
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Curved Scarlett OHare type
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Smooth running with pretty good build - Stannah. But you will need to wait 5-6 weeks for delivery (custom made). Acorn - not so smooth and build quality not that good but can be installed in days (modular). One important thing to remember - what it cost to replace the internal batteries. I think it around $500 for the ACORN and $300 for Stannah. The ACORN if I recall, needs to be reprogrammed after each install so I don't think you can DYI it. As your mother is going to be the primary user ... I suggest you get her to try them out to see one she prefers. The cost is probably going to be in the area of $14000. No taxes as the chair is a medical device.

As for used ... the custom ones are definitely hit or miss. You might be able to piece together a modular unit.
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2flags wrote: Smooth running with pretty good build - Stannah. But you will need to wait 5-6 weeks for delivery (custom made). Acorn - not so smooth and build quality not that good but can be installed in days (modular). One important thing to remember - what it cost to replace the internal batteries. I think it around $500 for the ACORN and $300 for Stannah. The ACORN if I recall, needs to be reprogrammed after each install so I don't think you can DYI it. As your mother is going to be the primary user ... I suggest you get her to try them out to see one she prefers. The cost is probably going to be in the area of $14000. No taxes as the chair is a medical device.

As for used ... the custom ones are definitely hit or miss. You might be able to piece together a modular unit.
Thank you for your analysis and explainations
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Depending on the medical condition, some associations provide them at no cost. My mom had 2 installed at no charge
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fhirji wrote: Curved Scarlett OHare type
That's going to get expensive. Due to the curve the rail that the chair rides on has to be custom manufactured. It must exactly follow the curve of the stairs from bottom to top with a great degree of accuracy. There is no way to use an off the shelf or used rail in this situation. Expect to pay $10,000+ for this application. In comparison a new straight lift is about $3,000 installed. I sold these for about 12 years so I have some knowledge of the industry.
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clseea wrote: Depending on the medical condition, some associations provide them at no cost. My mom had 2 installed at no charge
Please share associations names. Thank you for your help
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CanadianHandyman wrote: That's going to get expensive. Due to the curve the rail that the chair rides on has to be custom manufactured. It must exactly follow the curve of the stairs from bottom to top with a great degree of accuracy. There is no way to use an off the shelf or used rail in this situation. Expect to pay $10,000+ for this application. In comparison a new straight lift is about $3,000 installed. I sold these for about 12 years so I have some knowledge of the industry.
Thank you for your reply and cost estimate.

Clseea (poster) said some associations may fund these installations. Hopefully I can get some funding.
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fhirji wrote: Please share associations names. Thank you for your help
The ALS society in Alberta (or whatever its official name is)

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