Sometimes, a mobility solution to enhance accessibility requires creativity. Comprise and create the best options for you using quality stairlifts, ramps, lifts, and more to increase convenience and improve safety in your distinct living environment. Visit a mobility retail professional to learn more!
Consider mobility aids for improved safety and increased convenience in your home. Variations and combinations may enhance the ease of everyday living, while also reducing the risks of a nasty fall and subsequent, often debilitating, injuries. Talk to a mobility retail professional to find out the best ways to maximize and optimize aids for effective solutions in your living environment.
Stairlifts, ramps, and lifts- formulate your best mobility options with these tips:
If you want to increase accessibility and reduce your risk of a fall, a stairlift can be a life-changing option. Those who struggle with going up and down steps or stairs will easily adapt to the gentle transfer provided by a lift and loved ones can rest easy knowing that their family member is safer. Stairlifts help many remain in their own homes longer, particularly those with mobility challenges or physical disabilities.
There are a few prudent tips that make a big difference in customer satisfaction when purchasing a lift; here are a few:
- When considering a stairlift, it is wise to buy new rather than a second-hand lift from a private seller. Buy from reputable retailers that provide service and support after the sale.
- Read feedback and reviews online for the retailer that you are shopping with. Find out what others’ experiences have been.
- Never let anyone augment, modify, or repair your lift- as your lift may come with a warranty that prohibits this. Call the retailer’s service technician for help in these instances.
- If you only need a stairlift temporarily for rehabilitation or recuperation, consider renting one from a local mobility aid retailer.
- Stairlifts don’t work in your situation? There are many types of lifts available, more on this later!
Talk to a mobility retail professional to find out more or schedule your stairlift installation and enjoy enhanced accessibility today.
Another approach to navigating steps or stairs, particularly those leading in or out of the home can be found with ramps. There are basically two types of ramps: permanent ramps and portable ramps. While permanent ramps will require some degree of construction, labor, and cost, a portable ramp may be a more cost-effective and versatile solution for others. Here is what you should know:
- Portable ramps can be installed and uninstalled as needed. They typically can be folded up and taken with you on the go. A portable ramp makes sense in rentals or for traveling and is an inexpensive approach to increased accessibility.
- Both permanent and portable ramps offer the benefit of smoothing out a threshold, stoop, or steps so that those with mobility challenges can enter and access, as desired or needed.
Consider the ease factor of taking your ramp with you wherever you happen to go, which can make previously tricky or inaccessible spots more convenient to visit and traverse. In this instance, a portable ramp makes great sense for a wide group of consumers.
As mentioned, there are many different kinds of lifts besides stairlifts; for instance, freestanding and vehicle lifts add ease and autonomy to everyday life activities. A vehicle lift allows the user to safely and easily stow mobility aids, like walkers and wheelchairs, so that they can maintain independence and freedom behind the wheel. Freestanding lifts allow caregivers to securely provide assistance, with less worry and risk of injury than without. Freestanding lifts, like a ceiling lift, can remove the need to physically lift, carry, and transfer patients in healthcare settings, too.
Sometimes, the best mobility solution involves multiple approaches and aids. Consider portable ramps, lifts, and a stairlift to accommodate a wide range of limitations and disabilities. Some other simple mobility devices can also increase accessibility while reducing the risk of a nasty fall and subsequent injury. Also, talk to a qualified mobility retailer to find out more about combining aids to optimize accessibility. Some aids to look for include these:
- Shower seats and benches for the bath.
- Grab bars throughout the home, including near stairs, doorways, sinks, and toilets.
- A super-pole for stability and support when getting up and down from bed or a chair.
- Lift chairs to provide a bit of support and assistance when rising and sitting down.
- Reaching tools can be used to grasp objects and items that are just beyond your reach- such as when preparing food in the kitchen.
Use these tips to create and configure the best mobility solutions for your needs and living situation. Want to learn more? Talk to the team at Pacific Mobility today!
President, Husband, Father, Grandfather Graduate of UC Davis- Bio Sci Major- Go Aggies! Jeff has extensive experience in all of Pacific Mobility’s products and services, and specializes in accessibility products as well as stairlifts, ceiling lifts and custom wheel chairs. His hobbies include spending time with family, gardening, mountain biking, exercising and off road motorcycle riding.
24 years as Owner/President of Pacific Mobility Center – selling, installing, and servicing stairlifts, porch lifts, ceiling lifts, pool lifts, handicap ramping, specialty wheelchairs, scooters, power wheel chairs, and other power mobility devices
Certified Environmental Access Consultant since 2008
Licensed General Contractor since 1998
Certified Aging in Place Specialist since 2016
Board Member for Home Access Professionals
Member of Association of Members of the Accessibility Equipment Industry (AEMA)