There are hidden treasures all around us. We can walk-through nature trails and find burrowing bunnies, snails racing across the path and wildflowers tucked beneath the greenery. But if we move too fast, we won’t notice them! There are hidden treasures in our homes. When was the last time you …
Stair lifts can be scary business. You may be an individual who is trying to help your aging parent and at the mere mention of the word, your parent gets agitated – why is that? Perhaps Mom thinks the stair lift you are suggesting is going to aim her head first down the staircase! Not true – stair lifts carry the user in a gentle fashion sideways, but Mom has no way of knowing that just yet. Sharing this article with your family member could be the first step to drawing them out of fear and encouraging them to be safe.
So often we blame stress for strokes, heart attacks and other ailments when we should see that stressor is not the culprit. How we respond to stress is the real villain. Even when someone is in excellent physical condition, that doesn’t mean they handle stress appropriately.
Centenarians, we know they exist, we may personally have met one in our own lifetime, but what is it that gives them the drive to thrive for 100 years or more? Could it be a lack of anxiety or a healthy diet? Perhaps it’s the exercise, or relationships that keep them going. Maybe it’s the power of having a purpose on the earth that continues into their golden years. Many studies have been done though out the ages seeking answers to what make some people live healthy vibrant lives to 100 and beyond.
Sometimes we have days that start out completely normal and then suddenly something happens that can change our lives forever. This was one of those days for Natalie and her son Nicholas.
She dropped Nicholas off at school at the usual hour and was headed into work battling the clock to get there on time because of the traffic. She passed the slower moving vehicles at 75 mph and in an instant, she lost control of the car and hit the center divider.
The emergency vehicles got her to the hospital with absolutely no hope for survival.
Life is filled with changes and challenges, many of which most families are not prepared to address. In today’s busy world wouldn’t it be nice to be able to make one call to one company and get all your questions answered?
Sometimes areas of the home can be wrong for so long, that we no longer see the accidents waiting to happen. When we reside in the same living space every day, we tend to get used to how things are, not realizing how they should be. Sometimes a small change is all it takes to keep family members safe. So, let’s take a walk through together and make notes of what could be adjusted.
As time progresses, changes take place in our schedules, energy level, physical abilities and yes, sometimes even our waistline! Some of us may have been athletes in our younger days burning thousands of calories because of our active lifestyle. But what if we are still eating like a football player and our feet haven’t hit the turf in 40 years? Sometimes simple adjustments can make a world of difference in our heart health.
Have you ever wondered how people get the help they need when physical challenges disrupt their independence? You may be surprised! Sometimes folks will call on their peers, others will look to co-workers, glean wisdom from medical professionals, senior centers, social workers or articles. Let this blog be the one to simplify the process and guide you to solutions with one phone call, not ten.
We’ve met many stroke patients throughout the years, perhaps you have too. Or maybe you have come through the scary experience yourself! Even though there are different types of strokes with equally haunting names, the stroke does not discriminate in the people it chooses. Patients of all ages and ethnicity have endured this experience and have come out on the other side with a new name “Stroke Survivor”. After meeting with them I discovered many said the same things about their journey. Hopefully these six steps will help you or someone you love as well.
Overhead ceiling lifts have been available for many years. Most people are not aware that such items exists. Depending on a person’s mobility, an overhead track lift could be a great solution for anyone having difficulty transferring from bed to chair. We normally recommend a lift system over the bed area. In this particular home we installed a lift that travels from the bed into the family room, through the hallway and into a bathroom. This is not a typical lift layout, but we pride ourselves in creating solutions for our clients.
The love of learning is not always apprehended by the youth. As children we start out curious and hopefully carry that inquisitiveness throughout grammar school, into high school and beyond. But sometimes we get side tracked and distractions set in. We lose that genuine thirst for knowledge until we get old enough to appreciate it. By then the opportunities for grants and scholarships that were available to us in our teens has passed us by – or has it? What if I told you that there are ways senior citizens can go to college at low cost or no cost?
As we bring another chapter of life to a close, and embark on a brand-new year, it's good to pay attention to what nature is doing all around us. During this season the trees are losing their leaves. Consider this; are they losing their leaves or are they letting them go?
When we hear the word “holiday” it can bring a flood of emotions. For some, the word can trigger magical moments as a child, filled with laughter, song and special treats! For others it has the power to catapult into a dark place of unfulfilled expectations, loneliness and loss. No matter what the previous holidays delivered to your doorstep, perhaps this is a time to release the past and create the holidays we desire.
The Fear of Falling – we experience it in our dreams, we overcome it in our toddler years and get to re-visit this anxiety in our golden years. The fear of falling is not without merit. We are told that one in four people age 65 or older fall each year. Unfortunately, this ends up leading to broken hips, head trauma and other serious injuries.
Many people are caught in a dilemma of difficult decisions. Perhaps they have had a recent fall, surgery or illness that has them feeling pressured to leave their home. This is the home they raised their children in, that precious place of happy holidays, where abundant memories were made. The very thought of leaving home is painful, so why not look at alternatives rather than leaving the home you love?
Jerry had spent most of his adult life as a firefighter, rescuing people, pets and property. He loved what he did, and he was good at it! He did not mind the long commute to work and found fulfillment in helping people in crisis. He just never expected to become one of those people.
There is a story of a man who was certain he could find gold by digging near his home. So, he dug, and he dug with no luck at all. He used tool after tool for years to find the hidden treasure but came up empty handed. The day arrived when he got so frustrated that he gave up completely and sold his land. Not long afterwards the new owner started his own digging and just three feet from where the original owner had stopped was dirt brimming with gold!
Life is filled with unexpected occurrences. We may be driving down Delightful Drive and the next minute we get broadsided and find ourselves hospitalized with injuries. Or perhaps we take an unexpected fall or discover that we now have a debilitating disease. None of this was expected. We certainly did not plan for this, and yet here we are perplexed and in pain.
There is an element of life that we all strive for, from early ages until the end. It’s a natural drive that pulls us to a standing position as a toddler and generates little legs to take mighty steps. When we fall on our face, it’s that same energy that makes us oblivious to the fall so we get up and try again.
Fatherhood can be full of adventure, fun times and tears. It can also be a life filled with unexpected depths of love and complete chaos all in the same hour. Dads don’t always know how to navigate these turbulent waters – no one does really, there is no manual, no college course, no “Be the Best Dad Ever” elective and yet somehow, they are expected to sail smoothly. Here are four common facets that find fathers and will try to trip them up to discourage them:
Joe was like many of the young men his age, he was strong willed, fit and had a whole future ahead of him. The one thing he lacked however, was clarity on what to do with his life. Some of his other senior classmates had decided to join the military and told Joe all about the opportunity for a good education, the chance to travel the world and get training in a career that could make some decent money. These promises sounded like a good plan mostly because he didn’t have a plan for himself once he graduated high school.
With so many options and choices on the web today, we hope this post blog will answer just some of your questions when it comes to curved stairlifts. Lets start with Yes!!! curved stairlifts cost more then double of a straight stairlift even though it only has one little bend. If I got a dollar every time I heard that over the phone, I would be a millionaire.
Seventy-five years ago it was very common for families in America to house several generations under one roof. It was typical for Dad to be the breadwinner, Mom to be the homemaker and the children to be surrounded by an aunt, grandparent or even great grandparent.
Through floor lifts have been around for decades and were never too popular until now. As demand rises for stairlifts we are starting to see new players entering the North American market for stairlift alternatives.
In the home medical equipment world—roiling with Medicare’s competitive bidding project, rampant audits, expanding red tape and reimbursement that increasingly dips below cost—it isn’t unusual for providers to lose hope for the future or even close their doors. Read the full story here.
We like to pride our company and couture on doing things different then most others. Custom color stairlift rails were not always available. So we did it in house. Since this job was completed most stairlift manufacturers now offer multiple color option at an extra charge.
Sometimes getting up and down the stairs can prove just as tedious for our four legged friends as it can for us. Man's best friend unfortunately doesn't have an option to put in a stairlift like his two legged counterpart- Until Today!!!
Our customer Doreen saw a TV commercial and bought an Acorn stairlift. She then came to Abilities Expo and saw our Bruno stairlift display and asked if she can try it. Here is a video of Doreen after she rides a Bruno Stairlift.