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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  | 

Stair Lifts vs. Home Elevators - Which is Best for Me?

grandparents welcoming children to their homeIf the stairs start to become too difficult to manage at home, there are usually two options that people can consider to solve the problem. The first option is to remain at home (with modifications), and the other is to move to a senior living or assisted living facility. Both are feasible options, but many prefer to remain in their home because it prevents the stress of having to move again, and makes it possible to remain in the place that has so many positive emotional ties. A home is a place of comfort as it is where most people build lasting memories with family and friends, whether it be from holidays parties, or social gatherings with friends.

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by Eric Rubel  | 

Compare Through the Floor Home Elevators - Savaria vs. Wessex

Savaria Telecab Through the Floor Elevator in Barrington Hills, ILA through the floor home elevator is exactly what it sounds like. It is a home elevator that literally travels through a floor cutout in the ceiling of the lower level and the floor of the upper level. These types of home elevator models are newer to the market when compared to hydraulic elevators and some of the other types of traditional style home elevators.

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by Eric Rubel  | 

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  | 

Which is the Best Stair Lift to Buy?

Bruno Elite stair liftIf you’ve been thinking about buying or renting a stair lift, you’re probably wondering which model is the best one to buy. Ranking any type of product can be subjective and if you ask 100 people, you’re likely to get many different answers. However, when you compare several makes and models of popular stair lifts side by side, it’s not too hard to see which ones rank better than others.

 

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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  | 

Get Outside With These Outdoor Home Accessibility Tips

flowers-and-green-glass-bloom-in-forestAfter a long winter, the weather is finally warming up – and there’s no place most of us would rather be than outdoors. Whether you define it as the chirping of birds or the smell of wildflowers, spring is definitely in the air. It’s a beautiful season – and we think it should be accessible to everyone.

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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.

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by John Burfield  | 

School Accessible Solutions for Persons with a Physical Disability

If you have worked in or been to an elementary, middle, high school or even a university lately, you may have noticed that there are many diverse situations that need to be accommodated for: wheelchairs, walkers, space for physical and occupational therapy, barrier-free playground equipment, etc.

Many schools throughout the country are older and were not built with these accommodations in mind, and despite the Americans with Disabilities Act, some schools are not as compliant as they could be. So, if you are an administrator looking to adapt your school’s environment or a parent wanting more access, read on for more tips on accessibility!

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by Paul Bergantino  | 

How Much Electricity Does a Stair Lift Use?

stair_lift_installation_no_damage_to_wallsAfter you have a stair lift installed, you won’t notice any significant changes to your home’s electric bill. A stair lift is energy efficient and uses approximately .024 kWh of electricity and should cost less than $15 per year.

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by Lifeway Mobility Technician  | 

Does Insurance or Medicare Cover Stair Lifts?

Elite-Indoor-Straight-SRE-2010-lady2-showing-turned-seatIf you’re in the market for a stair lift, you may be wondering if your health insurance or Medicare coverage will pay the cost. Unfortunately, standard health insurance policies and Medicare will not typically cover the purchase or installation of a stair lift, even with a doctor’s order.

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by John Burfield  | 

How Much Does a Stair Lift Cost?

A question that we frequently get asked is “How much does a stair lift cost?”. There are several factors that determine the price of a stair lift, including which make and model of stair lift you choose and whether your stairway is straight or curved. Other factors include whether you are purchasing a brand-new unit, a used unit or renting a stair lift.

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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  | 

Home Safe Homes Joins Lifeway Mobility

Hartford, CT, January 15, 2019 -- Lifeway Mobility is pleased to announce the acquisition of Home Safe Homes. Founded by Kent McCool in 2001, Home Safe Homes is an accessibility equipment and home modification provider that has served central Indiana for the past 18 years.

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by John Burfield  | 

What is a Hydrotherapy Air Spa Bathtub?

RaneWith the therapeutic benefits of warm water therapy gaining notoriety, you may be in the market for a new soaking or walk-in bathtub. If this is the case, you might have seen an option called a hydrotherapy air tub. While many people are familiar with tubs outfitted with whirlpool jets, commonly called a Jacuzzi tub, an air tub is a newer concept.

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by John Burfield  | 

What Kind of Stair Lift is Right for Me?

With so many brands, models, and features to choose from, selecting the right stair lift can seem overwhelming. Fortunately, if you know the right things to look for when shopping for a stair lift, choosing the right one doesn’t have to be a difficult task.

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by John Burfield  | 

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  | 

What Are The Therapeutic Benefits of Walk-in Bathtub?

As we age, getting in and out of a bathtub can become a difficult task that can put us at risk of injury. For those that enjoy a warm bath after a long day but have trouble lowering themselves into a standard bathtub, a walk-in tub might be the perfect solution.

A walk-in bathtub features a water-tight door that swings either in or out, and a built-in seat that allows you to bathe in a seated position. This means you can avoid lowering yourself into a traditional bathtub.

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by John Burfield  | 

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  | 

What’s the Difference Between a Stair Lift and Lift Chair?

People with limited mobility can benefit from many different types of mobility aids and accessibility equipment. Mobility issues can be caused by injury, aging and illness or progressive diseases like arthritis. Products ranging from walkersand wheelchairs to ramps and vertical platform lifts can accomplish the same goals in different ways.

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by John Burfield  | 

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