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StairBusters joins Lifeway Mobility

Lifeway Mobility is pleased to announce that it has invested in the assets of Accessible Home Automations, LLC, doing business as Stairbusters.com, which has been a leading provider of accessibility solutions for people with mobility challenges throughout Western Pennsylvania for over 20 years.

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by Eric Rubel  | 

Winter Maintenance Tips for Wheelchair Ramps

If you’re in need of wheelchair ramp, there’s no need to wait for spring to have one installed. In fact, modular aluminum ramps can be installed all year round. Unlike wooden ramps, aluminum ramps do not require concrete footers to be poured. Their adjustable legs sit securely on large foot plates that provide a substantial base and sit on top of the surface. This means that they can be installed even when the ground is frozen.

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by John Burfield  | 

EHLS Transitions Brand Name to Lifeway Mobility Chicago

December 1st, 2020 EHLS, a Lifeway Mobility Company, has been proudly serving the Chicagoland area for the past 28 years. In 2018, we joined Lifeway Mobility and today we are taking the next step by fully changing our name to Lifeway Mobility Chicago.

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by Eric Rubel  | 

Can a Stair Lift be Installed in a Condo?

A stair lift can be very useful to those who need assistance with navigating a staircase due to limited mobility or balance issues. While these types of lifts are most often installed inside and outside of homes, there are other buildings where they can be accommodating.

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by Eric Rubel  | 

Lifeway Mobility Prepares to "Run Marathon"

After reading the title of this blog post, you may be thinking "what marathon is Lifeway preparing for? Aren't all large gatherings cancelled?". While we're not preparing to run an actual 26.2 mile marathon, we do believe we're prepared to navigate  through this COVID-19 crisis period, which we as a team are relating to a marathon.

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by Eric Rubel  | 

Frequently Asked Questions After a Stair Lift Installation

If you just had your stair lift installed, but still have a couple of questions in regards to service or maintenance on the lift, you've come to the right place. This post lists a number of commonly asked questions that we receive from stair lift customers after installation.

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by Eric Rubel  | 

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  | 

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

If 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  | 

Why You Should Avoid Buying a Stair Lift Online

Awhile back I was curious about stair lifts, stair chair lifts, and your basic accessibility solutions on the market. With the increased interest of aging in place, I wanted to see what the fuss was all about. So I conducted a little experiment.

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Posted 8/8/2019

Which is the Best Stair Lift to Buy?

If 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  | 

Which Curved Stair Lift is Best for Me?

A curved rail stair lift requires a track that is curved to fit the shape of your staircase. There are several different types of curved rail. When buying a curved stair lift, it is important to consider the pros and cons of each type of track.

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by John Burfield  | 

How Much Electricity Does a Stair Lift Use?

After 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?

If 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  | 

What is a Hydrotherapy Air Spa Bathtub?

With 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  | 

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  | 

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  | 

How Can I Afford to Make My Home Accessible?

Many people are surprised to learn common home accessibility modifications such as stair lifts, ramps, and barrier-free showers are not usually covered by most standard health insurance policies or Medicare. It stands to reason that equipment that makes living at home safer for people with limited mobility due to injury, illness, or aging would be covered by these funding sources. Unlike standard medical equipment such as a wheelchair or commode, accessibility equipment is typically installed and attached to the structure of the home, making it ineligible for insurance or Medicare coverage under current standards.

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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 walkers and wheelchairs to ramps and vertical platform lifts can accomplish the same goals in different ways.

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by John Burfield  | 

How Quickly Can You Install My Stair Lift?

Television ads that you see for stair lifts often promise quick installation, sometimes the same day. While same-day installation can be a great service and is sometimes necessary due to a loved one being unable to climb the stairs after an injury or discharge from a hospital. However, when purchasing a stair lift, it makes sense to be sure that the unit you’re buying meets your needs and has the optional features that are important to you, instead of just looking for a quick installation.

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by John Burfield  | 

Ramp or Stairlift: Which is Right for Me?

A wheelchair ramp or outdoor stair lift can be an effective solution for someone that is unable to safely get in and out of their home due to limited mobility. However, depending on the space, mobility of the person and many other factors, there's usually one that makes more sense than the other. In this post, we'll provide an overview of each product and help you understand when a stair lift or a ramp is going to be the best solution.

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by John Burfield  | 

Can I Test Ride a Stair Lift Before Buying It?

For many people with limited mobility, adding a stair lift to their home can be a life-changing event. They no longer need to worry about the challenge of climbing the stairs and the impact it had on their daily lives. It can also alleviate a lot of worry about how they were going to keep living independently in the house they love.

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by John Burfield  | 

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