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Webinar Oct 28 - Tips from the Experts: Maintain Independence at Home

"My dad had a stroke and can't climb the stairs inside or outside his home."

We hear stories like this every day and our Accessibility Specialists are experts at solving mobility challenges in a variety of environments in and around the home.

If you or a loved one struggles with mobility, this FREE webinar provides invaluable tips and product  recommendations to help maintain mobility, safety and independence.

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by Amy Finke  | 

5 Great Ways to Help Seniors During & After COVID-19

During this unprecedented time, our home is the safest place to be. For people over the age of 65 or those at higher risk for COVID-19, it is crucial to stay at home to reduce the risk of being exposed to the virus. However, just like everyone else, they still need food, medical professional smiling at senior and holding his handprescriptions and other essential products to remain healthy.

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by Eric Rubel  | 

5 Home Safety Tips for Seniors

As we age, our home may not be as easy to navigate as it once was. Getting up and down a set of stairs may be a chore because of decline in mobility. The risk of slipping and falling in the bathroom is likely much higher, especially if there are no grab bars in the bathtub/shower, or near the toilet. An option for seniors who are having a difficult time staying safe at home is a senior living facility. In most areas around the country, there are many senior living facilities that offer care and assistance. However, a senior living facility does not have the familiarity and comfort that a home does. A home is full of memories from parties and gatherings with family and lifelong friends. It is the place where a majority of seniors prefer to stay as they age.

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by Eric Rubel  | 

Twin City Stairlifts/Ability Solutions Joins Lifeway Mobility

Burnsville, MN - Lifeway Mobility is pleased to announce that it has invested in Disabilities, Inc., doing business as Twin City Stairlifts/Ability Solutions, Burnsville, MN, which has been “Helping People Stay Where They Live” by providing accessibility solutions for individuals with limited mobility for almost 20 years.

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by John Burfield  | 

What Are the Different Types of In-Home Care?

For people who are aging in place or need help with mobility or medical issues at home, in-home care from a qualified provider can enable them to live at home more safely and independently.

Professional caregivers can provide different types and levels of care on either a short-term or long-term basis, including:

  • Companionship and conversation
  • Transportation to appointments or errands
  • Assistance with safely managing tasks around the house
  • Help with daily activities such as dressing and bathing
  • Nursing and medical care

But how do you know what type of care you need, and what type of caregiver can provide it? Here are the types of in-home caregivers you might experience, from the lowest level of care to the highest.

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by Eric Rubel  | 

Home for the Holidays - Is Your Home Accessible?

The holiday season is fast approaching and the time to visit with friends and family is nearly upon us. If you're hosting a holiday gathering, "visitability" is something that you should consider.

If you're not familiar with the term, visitability is a structure's ease of access for people with disabilities and limited mobility. For those with limited mobility, even small obstructions can become a barrier to moving freely throughout a space. 

This short checklist can help you determine if your home is accessible to your guests.

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by John Burfield  | 

Home Mobility Solutions, Inc. Joins Lifeway Mobility-Chicagoland

     

          

Lifeway Mobility announced today that it has acquired the assets of Home Mobility Solutions, Inc. (HMS), Downers Grove, IL, through its subsidiary, Extended Home Living Services, Inc (EHLS), Arlington Heights, IL.

Founded by Mike Cleary, HMS has served greater Chicagoland and northwest Indiana, offering accessibility solutions including stairlifts, wheelchair lifts, modular ramps, bathroom modifications and elevators, for over 12 years.

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by John Burfield  | 

Best Accessible Travel Destinations for those with Disabilities

person circling accessible travel destinations on a map

There are an estimated 3.3 million wheelchair users in the United States. As a result of increased awareness and new legislation, more and more travel destinations are seizing the opportunity to change their thinking about accessibility tourism. Instead of treating it as something that must be managed separately, more destinations now consider accessibility as mainstream. Along with mints on pillows and individually wrapped soaps, travelers will often also find wheelchair ramps and LU/LA elevators in many hotels.

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by Kylee Rivers  | 

Remote Monitoring Options for Adults Living at Home

In a 2018 study by AARP, 76% of American age 50 or older said they would like to remain in their current residence as they age. However, as dealing with daily life at home grows more challenging due to accessibility limitations, memory problems, and other issues, staying at home becomes less possible. According to the AARP survey, only 46% of older adults think they will be able to stay at home.

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by John Burfield  | 

What is an Occupational Therapist and What Do They Do?

Since April is Occupational Therapy Month, it’s a good time to reflect on how occupational therapists help improve the quality of life for millions of people around the world each year.

Despite the important services they provide, many people don’t understand what an occupational therapist (OT) does. An OT is a licensed health and rehabilitation professional that works with people of all ages with mental, physical, developmental, social or emotional problems to develop, recover, or maintain daily living and work skills.

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by John Burfield  | 

Handrails and Grab Bars - Effective Fall Prevention

As we age, our balance, strength and vision can begin to decline and navigating stairways, steps, stoops and landings can become increasingly difficult. Progressive illnesses and injuries can also cause these familiar household structures to become hazardous. In fact, falls are the leading cause of death and injury to older adults and a common reason that people give up on independent living.

Handrail Collage

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by John Burfield  | 

Driver Rehabilitation: What You Should Know

next street rehab servicesDo you remember what it was like when you first started driving? For many, the ability to drive marked a rite of passage that signified the transition into adulthood and ushered in new found independence and freedom.

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by John Burfield  | 

Holiday Home Safety Tips

Holiday lighting, decorations, trees and more help to put everyone in the holiday mood. All of these things help set a cheerful holiday atmosphere, but they also pose hidden dangers. These tips can help you keep your family and home safe.

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by Eric Rubel  | 

Walk-in Bathtubs: Did You Know...?

Walk-in bathtubs have long been known as an accessible bathing solution for people with limited mobility. But did you know that recent studies have also highlighted the therapeutic benefits of walk-in tubs? A walk-in tub can help people with a variety of conditions, including:

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by John Burfield  | 

Making Your Home Safe for Elderly Visitors During the Holidays

Fast approaching is that wonderful time of year when family and friends gather to celebrate the holidays. Often that means events and parties that include elderly parents, friends or relatives. Whether an elderly relative or friend with limited mobility is coming for the afternoon or staying longer, it is best to consider their safety and comfort.

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by Dan Martin  | 

Long-Term Care Planning

Long-term care planning can seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. Many people wish to age within the home they have come to love. It is important to have a discussion with your doctor and loved ones to decide if this is the best option. 70% of people who are 65 or older can anticipate using some form of long-term care2. 80% of those who receive long-term care (LTC) support live in a community setting or age-in-place by living at home2.

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Posted 11/5/2018

Top 5 Tips for Family Caregivers

November is National Family Caregiver Month, and it is important to recognize and celebrate what these caregivers do to help others, often putting their own mental and physical well being at risk.

According to the National Alliance for Caregiving, approximately 43.5 million family caregivers have provided unpaid care to an adult or child with a disability or chronic illness in the last year.

These caregivers perform tasks that range from household activities such as shopping, food preparation, house cleaning, laundry, and transportation to more complex chronic care tasks such as providing medications, feeding, dressing, grooming, walking, bathing, toileting, coordinating medical care, and managing finances.

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by John Burfield  | 

Top 5 Home Modifications for Accessibility

As we age, tasks that we once took for granted such as climbing the stairs or taking a shower, can become a challenge. If you or a loved one are planning to Age-in-Place, there many home modifications or adaptations that can help make this a reality.

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by John Burfield  | 

The Benefits of Having a Professional Home Safety Evaluation

As you begin your search for “aging in place” items to help you transition to a safer home environment, making a purchase decision is not always easy. Many products look useful, but may not be the best solution for your unique home. With the numerous options advertised, it can be difficult to know which products and solutions are worth spending money on to allow for safety and comfort at home as we age.

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by John Burfield  | 

Extended Home Living Services joins Lifeway Mobility

Lifeway Mobility is excited to announce that Extended Home Living Services (EHLS) — a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist, licensed general contractor, and licensed elevator contractor providing lifts and accessibility modifications in the greater Chicago area, southeast Wisconsin and northwest Indiana — has joined Lifeway Mobility.

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by John Burfield  | 

Improve the Safety of Home Entrances with Wheelchair Ramps and Railings

Increasing client mobility and safety at entrances of the home often includes the installation of railing
(s) and wheelchair-accessible ramps. Lifeway Mobility specializes in designing and building permanent wooden ramps that are ADA compatible or installing temporary modular aluminum ramps. Our aluminum wheelchair ramps are also available for rent.

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Posted 7/20/2018


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