I searched the old and the new message boards, and I did not find much about stair lifts. I do realize that they aren't very practical for our more advanced children who had difficulty transferring to the lift chair and balancing while on it. However, Alex is 10 and in relatively good shape with some years of walking left - hopefully much more as the improved meds come on line. We have a downstairs bed for him, but his brother sleeps upstairs, and there's more room for them to play up there. Max also likes to play in his own room, not just his brother's room. Currently, we carry Alex up and down the stairs, though he sneaks up and down on his own when we're not looking. I was thinking that a stairlift would be easier on his ego, more convenient for him and his brother, and easier on my back as he continues to grow. I called a company that installed thyssen krupp products, and the estimator told me that for a curved stairway like ours it would run $15-20,000 installed with all permits. Does that seem right? Also, I have heard of stairlifts that will transport a wheelchair with its occupant, but I can't find any products like that online. Has anyone else heard of such?