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Lifeway Mobility Blog

What are the Therapeutic Benefits of a Walk-in Bathtub?

Posted by John Burfield on 11/9/18 2:16 PM

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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Topics: Bathroom Safety, Accessibility Equipment, Aging-In-Place, Accessibility, Walk-in Bathtub, Product FAQ, Customer Questions, Wheelchair, Accessible Bathing

How Can I Afford to Make My Home Accessible?

Posted by John Burfield on 10/25/18 4:45 PM

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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Topics: Home Modification Funding, Massachusetts Home Modification Loan Program, Aging-In-Place, Accessibility Equipment, Customer Questions, Safety, Independent Living, Mobility, Product FAQ

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

Posted by John Burfield on 10/1/18 1:14 PM

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

How Quickly Can You Install My Stair Lift?

Posted by John Burfield on 9/7/18 2:01 PM

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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Topics: Accessibility, Accessibility Equipment, Stair Lift, Product FAQ, Customer Questions

Ramp or Stairlift: Which is Right for Me?

Posted by John Burfield on 8/10/18 3:44 PM

Wheelchair ramps are probably the gold standard of home access. They come in various materials, lengths, and configurations and can make homes accessible to those with all different types of limited mobility. From wheelchair users to those who just need a little extra help getting up the stairs, they can all benefit from an access ramp.

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Topics: ramp, Vertical Platform Wheelchair Lift, Accessibility, Aging-In-Place, Customer Questions, Independent Living, Product FAQ, Mobility, Stair Lift