Stairlift Rentals vs Purchase
Looking for a Stairlift to Rent?
Stairlifts, otherwise known as chair lifts, have been manufactured since the 1930s. They were first used to assist people with Polio. They have been used through the decades to assist people with long-term and short-term disabilities to remain independent in their homes. Modern stairlifts offer many more options and features. Some have platforms that can lift wheelchairs up and down a flight of stairs. Others can help people safely navigate up and down curved staircases while sitting comfortably. Customers can choose from a very basic lift to one that matches their home decor with wood or metal accents.
Should I Rent or Purchase a Stairlift?
There are several factors in making the decision to purchase a stairlift in your home or to rent one. The main factor in deciding for many people is whether they have encountered a short-term or long-term change in mobility. Broken bones, joint replacements and other such injuries that are expected to heal may warrant a short-term rental. If you know you will need a lift for 6 months or less, a rental may make more sense to you economically. If you know you will be moving, a rental could make perfect sense. Another factor that weighs on the decision to rent or to buy is budget. The cost relative to purchase may be such that purchasing may be warranted. This is because the railing used would need to be customized to fit your staircase, and installation costs would be the same. However, if your need for the stairlift is expected to be short-term, renting could very well come out less expensive than purchasing.
Generally, Purchasing a Stairlift, Rather Than Renting Makes More Economical Sense if:
- You will use the lift for longer than six months
- Your home will require a custom fit (installation costs are the same for rental and purchase)
- The loved one using the lift is elderly
- The illness is chronic in nature
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