What is a stairlift?

You may be wondering, “What exactly is a stairlift?” It’s a practical and user-friendly solution: a motorized chair attached to a rail that’s carefully installed onto your staircase. With the simple push of a button, you can glide smoothly and safely up and down your stairs.

Will Medicare or insurance cover the cost of my stairlift?

One of your key concerns might be the cost and whether it’s covered by insurance or Medicare. Medicare usually does not cover stairlifts, as they’re seen as “home modifications” rather than “durable medical equipment”. However, some private insurance policies or state-run Medicaid programs might offer coverage. We strongly recommend you check with your specific provider to understand your options. Remember, there are many alternative options to help cover the cost of stairlifts and also financing like CareCredit.

  • Medicaid: Medicaid programs are state-specific, so you would need to visit your state’s Medicaid website for specific information. You can start by visiting and navigating to your state’s program. You’re looking for information about Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Waivers, which can sometimes be used to cover the costs of home modifications like stairlifts for eligible individuals.
  • Veterans Administration: If you’re a veteran, visit to explore potential coverage options for stairlifts. The Home Improvements and Structural Alterations (HISA) program or the Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) grant may be able to provide assistance.
  • Area Agency on Aging: The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging has a website at From there, you can find your local agency and get in touch with them. They may be aware of local resources or programs that can assist with the cost of installing a stairlift.
  • Non-profit organizations: There are many non-profit organizations that could potentially help. You might want to look into organizations like Rebuilding Together (, which provides free critical home modifications for eligible individuals.
  • Tax deductions: You can find information about medical and dental expense deductions on the IRS’s website, Look for Publication 502, Medical and Dental Expenses.

Our Certified Stairlift Consultants are here to help you navigate the process. Find a consultant near you.

Can a stairlift be installed in any type of stairway?

Are you wondering if a stairlift will fit your staircase? You’ll be happy to know that stairlifts can adapt to almost all types of staircases—whether they’re straight, curved, or multi-level. The cost and installation process can vary based on these factors.

Are stairlifts safe?

As for safety, rest assured that it’s our top priority. Stairlifts come equipped with seatbelts, obstruction sensors, and swivel seats to ensure a secure ride each time. And in case of a power outage? No need to worry. Most stairlifts are battery-powered and will keep working even if the power goes out.

Can I install a stairlift outside?

Maybe your home isn’t the only place where you need help with stairs. That’s why outdoor stairlift models are also available, designed to withstand weather conditions and give you the freedom to move outside as well.