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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  | 

8 Benefits of Adding a Stairlift to Your Home

For some seniors, the stairs can become too difficult to navigate due to limited mobility, weakened muscles, and lack of stability. As a result, the stairs at home become a daily hassle and are eventually avoided. When the stairs become a challenge, many seniors may consider downsizing to a single-level home or moving into a retirement living facility. However, both of these options can become very costly. Fortunately, the installation of a stair lift provides a quick, and cost-effective solution, while providing many other benefits.

Safety – Prevents Injuries

Manual-folding-rail-for-stairlift-removes-tripping-hazardThe most obvious benefit is that it provides a safer way to use the stairs at home. Using a motorized chair to get from floor to floor reduces the risk of an injury at home as the stairs are one of the most common areas that present a high risk for a fall. Missing one step while walking up or down a staircase can result in a broken hip, leg, or a variety of other serious injuries.

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by Eric Rubel  | 

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  | 

Stair Lift Cost: Guide for Chicago Area Residents

Man-riding-Bruno-Elite-curved-rail-stairliftOne of the most common questions that we receive from our local customers is “how much does a stair lift cost”, or also commonly phrased as “how expensive are stair lifts”? However, every person is different and so is their situation and mobility. So, it is difficult to provide an accurate price without learning about who the stair lift is for, the type of staircase that the lift will be installed on, and the options that the user will need or want.

We can, however, help you learn about what factors go into the cost of a stairlift and help you determine which model and options may work the best for your needs and situation.

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Posted 2/1/2019

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  | 

Holiday 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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Posted 12/19/2018

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  | 

Grab Bars - Bathroom & In-Home Safety for Seniors

Grab Bars In ShowroomFor seniors and those with limited mobility, grab bars can be a lifesaver. There are many types of grab bars that can be added throughout different rooms in a home to provide stability for people who have trouble walking. However, the bathroom is often the room that makes the most sense because it is the most dangerous for seniors or those with limited mobility. In fact, falls in the bathroom due to a wet, slippery floor is one of the top causes of injuries for elderly men and women. Whether it's the barrier that makes it difficult to get in and out of a tub or shower or a toilet that is tough to get off of, the bathroom definitely presents its challenges.

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by Eric Rubel  | 

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  | 

How to Choose the Best Stairlift for Your Home

If the stairs at home are becoming difficult to manage due to limited mobility or significant injury, a stair lift may be the perfect solution. However, because there are so many different available models and options to choose from, the research process can be pretty overwhelming. Many people don't know where to start and are often unaware of the factors that are most important when choosing a lift. In this post, we have compiled 5 tips that will simplify the process and make it easier to choose whether or not a stair lift is the best solution for yourself or a family member.

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by Eric Rubel  | 

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  | 

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  | 

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  | 

EHLS Attends & Supports 2018 ALS Walk for Life Chicago

On Saturday, September 29th, Extended Home Living Services (EHLS), attended the annual ALS Walk for Life in Chicago, IL. EHLS proudly sponsored Paul Launer’s Iron Horse Brigade! They were a walk team from Barrington, which is very close to EHLS' office and showroom in Arlington Heights, IL. We have a long tenure supporting ALS and were proud to support the Paul Launer Iron Horse Brigade again this year. In addition to supporting that team, EHLS had a table at the Vendor Village on Saturday. We enjoyed meeting and talking with all of those who visited our booth on Saturday.

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by Eric Rubel  | 

How Quickly Can You Install My Stair Lift?

Television ads that you see for stair lifts often promise quick installation, sometimes same day. Same day installation can be a great service and is sometimes necessary if someone suffers an injury and is suddenly unable to climb the stairs or is being discharged from a hospital or rehabilitation center on short notice. 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.

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by John Burfield  | 


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