Where to Get Grants for Stairlift?

Grants for Stairlift – Overview

The stairlift is a beneficial solution for the disabled and the elderly to comfortably climb stairs at home.

The Stairlift has become an increasingly essential aid for those who struggle to walk up and down flights of stairs, especially at home.

How Much Does it Cost to Install a Stairlift

On average, straight stairlifts generally range from approximately $2,000 to $5,000, while curved stairlifts can start from around US$ 10,000, potentially increasing based on specific requirements.

Though this rate is certainly expensive, this is still a better option for the elderly and disabled than shifting to a new home or a senior facility.

The length of the staircase also affects the total cost of installing a Stairlift.

The width of the staircase is also a factor as it might restrict the choices of Stairlift, as a narrow flight of stairs may not be an ideal fit for larger-sized Stairlift models.

Special customized Stairlift models for bariatric patients can support weights up to 600 lbs. but this also adds to the total cost of the Stairlift.

Also, other factors can increase the overall cost of a Stairlift, such as adding folding rails to adjust at landings or hallways, swivel chairs, folding seats and footrests.

If you wish to install a stairlift outdoors on the flight of steps leading up to the front door, you must pay an extra amount to get it weatherproofed.

For most people, these costs are extremely prohibitive and cannot be borne out of our pockets. To remedy this, there are several sources where you can apply for grants for Stairlifts.

Does Medicare Cover the Cost of Stairlift

Medicare Part B does not typically cover stairlifts as they are considered home modifications rather than durable medical equipment; however, some Medicare Advantage plans might offer benefits that can help with costs related to home modifications, including stairlifts.

However, you can still approach other avenues to get funding or sponsorship for installing a Stairlift at home.

Does the Veteran’s Administration (VA) Cover the Cost of a Stairlift?

If you are an ex-member of the US military, then the VA is the first source you should approach for funding a Stairlift at your home.

The VA provides funding for home modifications, including stairlifts, through various programs for veterans with service-connected disabilities, without specifically referring to them as ‘stair glides.

If you are disabled due to service-related injuries, the VA will fund the cost of installing a Stairlift at your home.

In such a case, we encourage you to contact your nearest VA office and enquire about a home visit and skills evaluation test, which can qualify you for a Stairlift installation at home.

If your disability or injury is non-service-related, you can still apply for and successfully receive funding to install a Stairlift at home, even if you require it for a disabled or elderly spouse.

The VA Aid and Attendance benefit provides additional monthly payments to qualifying veterans who need assistance with daily activities but does not directly fund stairlift installations. Veterans may seek assistance for home modifications through other VA programs such as HISA, SHA, or SAH grants.

You can also apply for Stairlift under the Veterans Directed Home and Community-Based Services (VD-HCBS) program that assists veterans who wish to live at home.

Additionally, you can also apply for grants to sponsor a Stairlift.

If you are a military veteran, then you may qualify for the Home Improvements and Structural Alterations (HISA) grant, or Special Home Adaptation (SHA) grant, or Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) grant.

Where to Get Funds from State-based Programs for Stairlift

Another excellent source for seeking grants for Stairlift at home is the state-based program.

The eligibility criteria for every grant provider differ, so it is advisable to enquire about the specific eligibility details by contacting the relevant grants-providing agency or organization.


If you check with some of the above-listed sources, you can make a better decision and determine the kind of stairlift you need and how to fund it.

Feel free to visit the official websites of the agencies and organizations listed above or contact them directly to learn the best option for you to sponsor or fund a home stairlift.

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Current Version
April 1, 2024
Updated By
Andrea Morales G.
November 13, 2021
Written By
Shubham Grover

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