How to Find Stair Lift Funding

How to Find Stairlift FundingWhen it comes to stair lifts, people don’t tend to argue over the benefits. Having a tough time taking the stairs? Use a stair lift to glide up or down with ease. Want to avoid a fall or injury? Stair lifts can virtually eliminate any risk associated with your staircase.

That’s not the problem. What people have a harder time swallowing is the cost. A typical stair lift can cost anywhere from $3,000 to $5,000. If you have a curved staircase, you can expect to pay $10,000, or even higher!

For a lot of us, these prices are as steep as our staircase in the first place. We think, “Maybe I’ll settle for something cheaper online” or “I’ll just quit looking entirely.”

But cheaper isn’t necessarily better. Sure, you might save some money short-term; but if the equipment or installation is faulty you’ll end up paying for more servicing needs in the future. And if you give up the hunt altogether, you’re not doing yourself any good either.

But there’s good news! There are plenty of opportunities to find stair lift funding. The problem is knowing where to look. Here are a few helpful tips to find funding for your stair lift:

WHERE NOT TO LOOK: Medicare

“Does Medicare cover stair lifts?”

This is the question that many people ask first. Unfortunately, Medicare does not cover the cost of stair lifts. Why? According to Accessible Home Cleveland, a stair lift isn’t considered to be “durable medical equipment” by Medicare. They consider it a “home modification” (which isn’t covered by their guidelines). Although many people tend to disagree with this classification, this is Medicare’s current standing on the issue. But don’t worry… There’s plenty of other funding opportunities ahead.

WHERE TO LOOK: Veteran’s Administration

If you served in the military, the Veteran’s Administration (VA) is definitely the first place you should go to inquire about stair lift funding. The VA has a few different options available to fund your “stair glide,” as they’re called by the organization.

“Is your disability a result of your military service?”

Your stair lift may be covered through VA healthcare. Simply undergo a home visit and skills evaluation test to have them possibly fund your stair lift. Get in touch with your local VA to discuss your options!

“Is your disability not related to military?”

If your condition isn’t related to your military service, you’ve still got funding opportunities (even if it’s for your spouse!). For one, there’s the VA Aid and Attendance Benefit. For more information on how to apply for this benefit, click here.

There’s also state programs called Veterans Directed Home and Community Based Services (VD-HCBS) that provide assistance for veterans who wish to remain living in their homes. For more information on this program and how to apply, click here.

“Interested in a grant?”

Grant opportunities can also assist you in paying for a stair lift. As a veteran, you might be qualified for a HISA Grant (Home Improvements and Structural Alterations), SHA Grant (Special Home Adaptation), or SAH Grant (Specially Adapted Housing). For more information on grant eligibility and how to apply, click here.

“Don’t know where your local VA is?”

For a full list of available locations and phone numbers, click here. You may also call 1-800-827-1000 toll-free to find the VA nearest you.

WHERE TO LOOK: State-Based Programs

There are plenty of state-based programs that will provide assistance for a stair lift. The only problem is that eligibility varies for each program, so be sure to find out if you fall within the guidelines.

“Not sure where to begin searching for state-based programs?”

For a list of 34 programs offered in 22 states, click here. You can also ask around at your local Area Agency on Aging for tips on how to find funding for your stair lift.

WHERE TO LOOK: Medicaid

“Are you on Medicaid?”

Medicaid’s policies vary state by state, but it is common to find funding for a stair lift through Medicaid. According to PayingForSeniorCare.com, Medicaid will likely pay for the cost of a stair lift so long as it will “enable individuals to remain living in their homes and avoid nursing home placement.”

To apply for funding, you’ll have to fill out a Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) waiver. These waivers aim to help seniors remain in their homes by covering the cost of “home modifications,” such as stair lifts.

Not sure if your state’s Medicaid would qualify? For an extensive list of the HCBS waivers offered by each state, click here.

“In a nursing home but looking to move back home?”

A program called Money Follows the Person might be able to help. Currently active in 44 states (unavailable in FL, NM, UT, WY, AZ, AK), this program allows those on Medicaid the opportunity to move out of a nursing home and into the house of a family member. Occasionally, Money Follows the Person will allow for some type of home modification, such as stair lifts, to assist with the outfitting your new living space.

The official name of this program may vary by state, such as:

To see if you might qualify for Money Follows the Person, click here.


Whew, that sure is a lot of information! But hopefully these tips were able to help you along your stair lift buying journey. As soon as you’re able to find funding, 101 Mobility would love to provide a free at-home evaluation to determine the right product for your situation. For even more information on frequently asked stairlift questions, visit our stair lift page, call us at 1-888-258-0652, or shoot us an email!

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  1. Pamela Posten  May 22, 2017

    I am looking for a chair lift for my home. I have a back injury and parallelization in left leg but can walk some. Stairs are very difficult.

  2. Mark neaman  March 27, 2017

    My dad is a veteran of the army and is moving in with us so we can help take care of him. We need a chair lift and a ramp outside. Could use any help you can

  3. Jason nowak  December 6, 2016

    I have cerebral palsy I’m looking for a stair lift for my house

    1. Jessica Solimando  December 14, 2016

      We would be happy to assist you with that, Mr. Nowak! You can reach us at 888.258.0652 or visit our “location finder” page to locate the 101 Mobility office nearest you!http://101mobility.com/

  4. Tacoya Miller  September 26, 2016

    Thank you so much for the information. I have a client that was in the Airforce as a firefighter. And he’s unable to use the stairs.

  5. Tkatzowitz  September 4, 2016

    My husband served in the military.
    Is there any funding for stair lifts?

  6. Sam RICHARDSON  August 6, 2016

    Thanks for the info. My dad is a non-war vet who is disabled, and in a wheelchair. So, I have decided to move him in with my family, now that my son is moving, we have an extra bedroom. I definitely need a stairlift for him, and it would benefit me also because I am an amputee.

    1. Jessica Solimando  August 10, 2016

      We would be happy to assist you and your dad any way that we can! Please call us at 877.350.2755 to speak with a Mobility Specialist!

  7. Ellen Ramos  July 15, 2016

    Instead or saying just don’t fall, that’s like we fall on purpose . Say, to help keeping from falling try our great stairleft

  8. Silver Cross  May 25, 2016

    We provide a wealth of information on mobility equipment funding in Canada and the US. Just visit this page on our website: https://www.silvercross.com/getting-funding-for-accessibility-equipment-in-the-usa/

  9. Adam Bockler  January 14, 2016

    My grandma needed a similar application in her later years. She needed a device that would help her stand. I can only imagine that she would have to have a stair glide if she lived in a home with stairs. However, my parents are starting to get older. Thanks for the information about where to get help to buy a stair glide for your loved ones. I’ll try to look at the state level.

    1. Brian Havens  January 18, 2016

      Good luck on your search, Adam!

  10. Breck Lewis  December 17, 2015

    I really like how you said that, “Sure, you might save some money short-term; but if the equipment or installation is faulty you’ll end up paying for more servicing needs in the future.” I definitely agree with this statement because you don’t want your chair to get stuck half way up the stairs. My father is to the point were he needs this installed in his house because he is very old. How much does it cost to get something like this installed?

    1. Brian Havens  December 17, 2015

      Hey Breck,

      Prices on stair lifts vary from location to location due to the length of the staircase, the style (if it’s straight or curved), the model, etc. However, for a staircase that’s straight (completely vertical/no turns or curves), you can expect to pay around $3,000 to $4,000. When it comes to a curved or spiral staircase, models and installation can cost up to $14,000, sometimes even more. That’s because they have to be specially manufactured to curve at all the right spots, making sure it’s a perfect fit for the staircase. But, when you consider that assisted living facilities cost an average of $3,500 a month, buying a stair lift is typically a smart investment for many families.

      Here’s a full length article that addresses the top questions around our stair lifts: http://101mobility.com/blog/infographic-top-6-questions-for-101-mobility-stairlifts/. If you have more questions or would like to schedule an evaluation for your dad, feel free to call at 1-800-809-1905 or send an email to lkelly@101mobility.com.

      Thanks for reading!