I've looked at these lifts, almost $4,000 just to buy the lift. According to the ATP rep, they can't attach the lift to the existing front step, so they will need to remove the concrete step, build a new wood deck, pour a cement pad for the lift and install the lift. This will be paid by my mom's Medicaid Waiver.
I have been getting assistance from my mom's next door neighbor getting her in and out of the house since she can't use her walker on the steps. Her neighbor thinks it's highly necessary so I can do it myself. Keep in mind my mom won't be able to operate the lift herself, so I'll still need to help her. We haven't been getting her out more than 2 or 3 times a month.
The house was built in 1901 and we figure my dad poured the steps back in the 50's so they are NOT attached to the house. The front deck doesn't alter the house and should be easy to rebuild later if I don't like it. My main concern is the cost Medicaid will be paying for this deck.
My even bigger concern is if Medicaid paying for home modifications would affect my ability to place my mom in a facility in the not so distant future. I've been looking at places for her, but we know she will be a big problem for them.
Another reason to stop the bathroom remodel. Medicaid Waiver will end up paying so much for that bathroom, I'll be stuck taking care of my mom for the next 5 years.
I really just want to know if anyone thinks the deck with wheelchair lift would be worth that much money paid by Medicaid. I'm tempted to just order a portable ramp for about $200 and call it wonderful.