It gave us a lot to think about. The cost really is going to vary depending on each individual staircase, and each user's needs. For Noah he'd need a 5-point harness and potential abductor or pummel as they are sometimes referred to as. Our staircase is also kind of a challenge as it would have to be customized with an initial seven steps down a landing and then another seven steps to the very bottom. The more turns you have on a staircase the more money it's going to be. Need something custom like a 5-point harness and pummel? Well that will cost you too. It's hard to really give you a clear idea of a concrete price because there are so many variables. On the low end with a simple straight set of stairs and a basic seat with very little added support you might be in the $2,500 range. Add on all the little extras and I heard figures close to $14,000 today. Yes no kidding.
|Acorn 80 Stair Lift|
|Stair lift rails - cuts down on stair space|
These stair lifts have batteries that are constantly recharged and offer about 36 trips back and forth without power to a home. The battery has a five year life span and isn't terribly expensive to replace with a cost of around $35. We discussed the Acorn 80 Curved Stair Lift primarily today. I have some reservations that it could be adapted in a way that would be suitable for Noah. I really seem to like the Stannah pediatric stair lift model. I like how it has a hooded chair for children who need a bit more postural support, and a more involved lap belt that mimics what many special needs parents might refer to is as a hip cradle belt. Some children would of course also need an additional harness for support depending on individual needs. And it's in a more child-friendly pattern than the traditional taupe that the Acorn 80 is.
|Stannah Child Stair Lift|
It was really informative and good to know what options are available. Add it to the wish list...
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