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Lifeway Mobility Blog

Handrails and Grab Bars - Effective Fall Prevention

Posted by John Burfield on 3/13/19 1:52 PM

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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Topics: Stair Lift, Safety, Independent Living, Accessibility Equipment, Aging-In-Place, Accessibility, Bathroom Safety, Universal Design, Grab Bar, Handrail

Which Curved Stair Lift is Best? Tube Rail vs. Flat Rail

Posted by John Burfield on 2/28/19 3:44 PM

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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Topics: Mobility, Stair Lift, Product FAQ, Safety, Customer Questions, Independent Living, Accessibility Equipment, Aging-In-Place, Accessibility

Is Your School Accessible for Persons with a Physical Disability?

Posted by Paul Bergantino on 2/21/19 3:30 PM

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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Topics: Mobility, Product FAQ, Safety, Accessibility Equipment, Wheelchair, Accessibility, Bathroom Safety, Universal Design, ramp, Vertical Platform Wheelchair Lift

How Much Electricity Does a Stair Lift Use?

Posted by Lifeway Mobility Technician on 2/13/19 3:55 PM

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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Topics: Mobility, Stair Lift, Product FAQ, Customer Questions, Accessibility Equipment, Aging-In-Place, Accessibility

Does Insurance or Medicare Cover Stair Lifts?

Posted by John Burfield on 2/5/19 3:57 PM

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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Topics: Stair Lift, Product FAQ, Safety, Customer Questions, Independent Living, Accessibility Equipment, Aging-In-Place, Accessibility