Keeping Your Loved Ones Independent…with a Home Elevator!

For some reason, the past few months around here have been fraught with medical issues for our family! I guess it was just our turn, right? Even right now my hubby is recovering from surgery, and he’s finding it a bit hard to get around the house. Last week I was helping out his grandparents, who find it EXTREMELY hard to get around the house, and I got to thinking about accessibility issues when it comes to our homes!

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When your loved one can no longer move around their home the way they would like to, it can be a difficult situation to be faced with. Should they move? Should you place them in a home for the elderly? Luckily, those are not the only options available. You can actually make their home more accessible by installing a home elevator. It is much more cost-effective than buying a new home, and it will give your loved one the independence they are missing!

The residential elevator cost will not be cheap, but it is still much less expensive than having to buy a new home or having to pay for their care in another facility every month. It is also much less stressful, and your loved one will be able to continue living where they would rather be anyway.

A residential elevator is not uncommon, and it offers convenience as well as accessibility. You will need to call up a contractor and get a quote as to how much it will cost and where you will be able to have your elevator installed. A lift will normally take up about 22 to 25 square feet of space and may even require a machine room.

The installation process will normally take up to five days, and it can take an additional four to six weeks for the manufacturer to build and then ship the elevator. There are also different types of elevators to choose from. There is the traction elevator, which slides up and down with the help of a track and counterweight. It is somewhat louder and slower than other options, but it does not cost as much as the quieter types of elevators. It also does not require a separate machine room, so it is much easier to integrate into an existing home.

Hydraulic elevators need a machine room to store the hydraulic tank, as well as the controller, so it may not work in a smaller home. They move quickly and are quiet so it is ideal if you will be putting it by a bedroom or living room. There are also pneumatic elevators that do not take much space at all, but they have a 550-pound weight capacity limit.

The average cost to install a home elevator will be about $20,000 for a two-story home. You may also need to pay the contractor upwards of $20,000 to get your home ready for the equipment. If you need to get upgrades, such as custom flooring or wall paneling, you are looking at spending another $5,000 to $6,000 on top of another $2,000 to $2,500 per story. You will also need to have your elevator serviced yearly, and that will cost about $100 to $150.

It may seem very expensive to get a home elevator installed in the home of a loved one, but it is still less costly than having to buy a new home and then move to the new home. It may be difficult to find a home that will solve the problem of accessibility constraints, and it is also very stressful to have to pack up everything to move. If your loved one needs a lot of help, you may also be doing most, if not all, of the packing and moving, which may require you to take time off of work. You may also be putting a lot of extra stress on yourself as well as your loved one. If your loved one has health issues, this could be a hazardous situation for them. 

If you don’t have the money to pay for the cost of having an elevator installed in the home, you can normally work out a payment plan with the company installing the machinery. There may be upgrades that you can skip as well if they are not really necessary which will help to lower the cost of getting a home elevator. You really can’t put a price tag on helping your loved ones keep their independence and keeping them in their own home with their own belongings.

It’s definitely an interesting option to keep in mind! Have you had accessibility issues in your home? How have you remedied the situation?

Due to the amount of comments from all of my wonderful readers, it is not always possible for me to respond to each one. However, I absolutely do read them all, and if you’d like to address something specific, or have a question for me, please don’t hesitate to email me at Kristen@theroadtodomestication.com. I will respond to your email as soon as possible! Thank you for visiting the blog!

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