Posts made in July 2018

The Benefits of Vertical Platform Lifts & Ceiling Lifts

Vertical Platform Lifts

EX-Access PASSPORT Lift being used by a client and his wife, while their children watch

 

Home Safe Homes is proud to partner with EZ-Access, and to be able to offer and install their PASSPORT® Vertical Platform Lift. Our trained professionals can install these lifts to fit your needs and do so efficiently.

The PASSPORT® Vertical Platform Lift (VPL) takes access safety to the next level, delivering a smooth, quiet ride to your next destination. This VPL is most commonly used by individuals who have limited mobility and is the perfect solution for any difficult pathway, porch, or platform (EZ-ACCESS). There are multiple platform configurations and lift heights which make it possible to customize this lift to meet your unique needs.

The sturdy aluminum construction of the PASSPORT® makes it the lightest residential platform lift on the market. This VPL weighs in at fewer than 400 pounds, which is an estimated 300 pounds lighter than similar steel units. The PASSPORT® features Plug-N-Play Wiring Technology that is waterproof and will not corrode, making it both user-friendly, and the preferred lift of technicians and installers (EZ-ACCESS).

There are a number of safety features for the PASSPORT® that make it more accessible and secure. The Undercarriage Platform Safety Pan has an obstruction detector that requires less than 15 pounds of pressure to stop the lift (EZ-ACCESS). When the lift is stopped by an obstruction it will remain operational in the upward direction, but the obstruction or object must be removed to continue traveling downward. The PASSPORT® is made universally accessible using a self-adjusting 24-inch entry ramp that can be built on either end of the platform. When the lift rises, the ramp prevents any accidental travel off the platform by folding upward to provide an added safety measure (EZ-ACCESS).

Image of EZ-Access PASSPORT Control Box. This images shows that there are 3 controls available: Up, Down, and Emergency Stop; along with a keyslot to turn the Lift on and off.The PASSPORT is multi-positional with a keyed operation. It features large, mushroom head control switches (including an emergency stop) that require very little pressure and are easy to use, regardless of motor skills. High-visibility LED indicator lights have been arranged on the control box allow for easy troubleshooting, which leads to fewer service calls. The PASSPORT® is ETL certified*, independently tested and approved for product safety (EZ-ACCESS). Each PASSPORT® comes with a 2-year warranty and is made in the USA.

 

 

 

*ETL Certified:

The PASSPORT has been tested and approved by a nationally accredited testing laboratory, assuring continued compliance with the applicable regulatory and safety standards throughout North America. The ETL Certification Mark is recognized and accepted proof of third-party inspection, testing, and certification. (EZ-ACCESS)

Ceiling Lifts

As an authorized dealer of Molift Hoists and Slings, Home Safe Homes has access to products designed to give caregivers the best support and an optimal environment (“Home Safe Homes Services”).

The Benefits of Ceiling Lifts

Home Safe Homes is a licensed installer and dealer of the Molift Rail System: the flexible ceiling hoist system (“Molift Rail System”).

This railing system solves all hoisting needs of people with disabilities and is the ideal solution for assisting caregivers.

It’s a cost-effective solution for institutions, hospitals, private, and nursing homes. The Molift Rail System is easily customized to suit the design and construction of the room it is being installed in.

Caregiver Health Matters

Home Safe Homes is proud to work with Molift to supply equipment that facilitates handling and moving while reducing the need for heavy manual lifting and handling (“Home Safe Homes Services”).

Molift is a part of etac®, a world-leading developer of ergonomic mobility aids that aim to improve their users’ activity levels regardless of physical condition. They offer state-of-the-art products for countless care situations, for people of all ages. Molift products are designed to give their users’ a better life while delivering caregivers with unsurpassed support and ideal environments to work in. Molift creates solutions that improve caregivers’ quality of life, which leads to healthier caregivers who have more energy to provide attention, love, and care.

As an authorized Molift dealer, we have one mission: To help protect caregivers’ health so that they can provide their clients with the best care possible.

Configurations

There are four main configurations that this extremely adaptable ceiling hoist system is built in:

Single Rail System

Molift Single Rail System displayed in a client's bedroom.Available in straight rail and/or curved rails that provide simple and effective patient transfers for the most common lifting situations (“Molift Rail System”)

 

 

 

 

 

Traverse Rail System

Molift Rail System Traverse SwitchCovers the whole lifting area independent of furnishing or equipment changes in the room and is the most flexible option (“Molift Rail System”).

 

 

 

 

 

Room-to-Room Transfer

molift rail system single rail through doorwayWhen a transfer is needed from one room to another or from one rail system to the next, Molift can provide room-to-room function (climbing), switch systems, or continuing rail systems through doorways, etc. (“Molift Rail System”).

 

 

 

 

Freestanding Hoist Units

Molift-Smart-150. A freestanding patient transfer optionThe best alternative when the lifting need is temporary or when the facility is not built for permanent installations is a free standing option. (“Molift Rail System”)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whether you need assistance getting from one level to the next, from wheelchair to bed, or room-to-room Home Safe Homes has got you covered. Contact us for more information or to set up an appointment. We look forward to hearing from you.

Sources:

EZ-ACCESS. Modular Ramps & Stairs | EZ-ACCESS, 2018, www.ezaccess.com/products/passport-vertical-platform-lifts.

 

Home Safe Homes, 2018, www.homesafehomes.com/services/

 

Molift Rail System | Etac.com, Etac, 2018, www.etac.com/products/hoists-and-slings/ceiling-hoists/molift-rail-system/.

Home Safe Homes Installs a Variety of Stairlifts

Is your staircase an obstacle in your home? A stair lift can provide accessibility between the floors in your family home and offer you complete independence despite reduced mobility due to age, disease or injury. Home Safe Homes offers product sourcing as well as the installation of stairlifts including straight stair lifts, custom curved stair lifts, heavy duty stair lifts, or outdoor stair lifts. We offer different models and can customize the one that meets your individual needs.

Below we have compiled a list the features that all Handicare stairlifts have in common, and then divided the additional features into lists placed under the name of the model they are offered with.

Handicare Stairlifts all:

  • Include user-friendly seatbelt
  • Come with 2 handheld remotes which make the retrieval of the stairlift simple
  • Key allows you to prevent unauthorized use
  • Lifetime warranty on the motor and gearbox
  • Each lift has safety sensors surrounding the base, and are designed to stop if they sense an obstruction.
  • Handicare worked with Occupational Therapists when designing their stairlifts to ensure that the toggle control was intuitive and simple to operate, with just a push in the direction you wish to go.
  • All have the ability to swivel towards the landing, either manually or by upgrading to automatic.
  • All allow for an optional manual or powered hinge, or a Slide Track. All of which move the base piece of the track up so that the base of the stairs are left unobstructed. This is particularly useful when there is a doorway at or near the base of the staircase.

“Simplicity” Straight Stairlift

Handicare Simplicity Straight Stairlift

  • Boasts a thin profile of only 11 ¾” when folded, allowing others  to easily use the staircase
  • The seat is able to swivel towards landing with manual and automatic options available
  • Has a Slide Track that moves up the stairs with the lift. This leaves the base of stairs unobstructed
    • Manual hinge also available

 

 

“Simplicity Plus” Straight Stairlift

Handicare Simplicity Plus Straight Stairlift

    • Boasts a thin profile of only 11 ¾” when folded, allowing others to easily use the staircase
    • The seat is able to swivel towards landing with manual and automatic options available
    • Has a Slide Track that moves up the stairs with the lift. This leaves the base of stairs unobstructed. Manual hinge also available
    • Has a powered footrest option so that there is no need to bend to fold it up
    • Fully adjustable Smart Seat fits the user’s width and height for max comfort
      • Available in 6 colors
      • Upholstery is easy to clean & flame retardant

 

1000 Straight Stairlift

Handicare 1000 Straight Stairlift shown with seat in the elevated "Perch" setting, that allows users to safely use the stairlift without having to bend.

  • Standard weight capacity is 350 lbs., while the 1000XXL is able to carry up to 440lbs
  • Can be installed and used either indoor or outdoor
    • Made of UV & weather protected materials
    • Comes with a waterproof cover
  • Perch Seat – This type of seat is ideal for users who have limited range of motion in their hips and or knees. The seat has a low profile that keeps the user safe and secure, without needing to bend.
  • Can be combined with a manual or powered hinge to prevent obstruction of doorways at the base of the stairs
  • The seat is able to swivel towards landing with manual swivel coming standard and the ability to upgrade to an automatic swivel option

Xclusive Straight Stairlift

Handicare Xclusive Straight Stairlift

  • Boasts gentle curves, modern lines and muted tones, which give this model a distinguished look that still offers a lot of comfort.
  • The elegant appearance effortlessly blends and fits in with any interior.
  • Unobtrusive and compact, this stairlift has been designed to maximize the open space on the stairs when folded.
  • The upholstery is removable, allowing it to be laundered if necessary.
  • Has the option for upgrading to a powered footrest

 

 

2000 Curved Stairlift

  • Can be installed and used either indoor or outdoor
    • Made of UV & weather protected materials
    • Comes with a waterproof cover
  • This model comes with a powered hinge, which folds up as the lift is ascending the stairs to prevent obstruction of doorways at the base of the stairs
  • There are a variety of seat options & track colors available. This means that we have the ability to custom color match the track so that it blends well with your home décor
  • Upgrade optional powered features to automatically:
    • Swivel seat towards landing
    • Fold up footrest
  • Perch Seat – This type of seat is ideal for users who have limited range of motion in their hips and or knees. The seat has a low profile that keeps the user safe and secure, without needing to bend.

Freecurve Single Rail Curved System

Handicare Freecurve Curved Stairlift

  • Perfect Solution for every staircase:
    • Inside curve
    • Outside curve
    • Multiple floors
  • Tailor Made Solutions:
    • Made to measurement
    • Use Photo Survey tech to get accurate measurements
    • Multiple rail end variations for the top and bottom of the stairs
  • This model has a joystick, instead of a toggle, which can be placed on either the left or right.
  • Has a powered footrest option so that there is no need to bend to fold it up
  • “Drop Nose” option saves from having to fit hinged track at the base of stairs
  • Automatic Folding Hinge folds up the base section of the track as the user ascends the stairs. This avoids any obstruction at the base of stairs (eg. If there is a doorway)
  • For users with limited knee flexion or narrower stairwells, the Freelift’s 45° downward facing seat and special footplate is a wonderful option.
  • Multiple railing colors available to match home décor.
  • The Freelift Curved Stairlift also offers 3 different seat styles, that each come in a variety of colors.

 

Our Certified Aging in Place Specialist can work with you, your loved ones and therapists to help you decide which stairlift will work best for your needs. Contact us for more information.

 

Sources:

“Home Safe Homes Services.” Home Safe Homes, 2018, homesafehomes.com/services/#stair-lifts.

“Stairlifts Archives.” Handicare, Handicare Accessibility, www.handicareusa.com/product-category/stairlifts/.

Home Safe Homes Can Improve the Safety of the Entrances of your Home with Wheelchair Ramps and Railing!

Increasing client mobility and safety at entrances of the home often includes installation of railing and wheelchair accessible ramps. Home Safe Homes specializes in designing and building permanent wooden ramps that are ADA compatible or installing temporary modular aluminum ramps. Our aluminum wheelchair ramps are also available for rent.

Home Safe Homes works with you to design and build ramps that fit your needs and that will not detract from the beauty of your home. Our custom built permanent wooden ramps are built to last and to help keep you and your loved ones safe. All of our wooden ramps are constructed utilizing pressure treated lumber. We always use screws, never any nails. This is important because nails can cause splits in the wood and pop up over time. Our use of screws makes our ramps sturdy and durable. We always try to adhere to ADA guidelines and do our best to construct the safest ramps possible for our clients.

The temporary modular aluminum ramps and rentable aluminum wheelchair ramps that we offer are from EZ-ACCESS. The portable ramps that we rent and sell are made of lightweight materials that are engineered to provide remarkable strength for either a short- or long-term need. Despite being lightweight, they are able to hold up to 660 pounds. Portable ramps set up quickly and can be folded in half lengthwise and carried like a suitcase when they are not in use. Their handles are non-breakable, flexible and have a comfortable grip, which makes carrying these ramps simple and comfortable. The ramps are textured to create a non-slip surface that provides traction regardless of the weather. Our portable ramps have self-adjusting transition plates on the bottom, which independently adjust to the ground surface making the transition from ramp to the ground flat on most surfaces. If you are looking for a ramp that is durable and portable, we have you covered. (EZ-ACCESS)

We also install EZ-ACCESS’s PATHWAY 3G, Semi-Permanent Aluminum Ramps. These ramps are made of an environmentally friendly, high-strength aluminum that will not deteriorate, rust or rot in the outdoor elements. This makes them practically maintenance free. Their slip-resistant surfaces provide users with traction in any type of weather. There are three surface options and four different handrail styles. The PATHWAY 3G allows for innumerable platform and modular ramp configurations, which create seamless and safe access for both unique and standard entryways. Because it does not alter or add to the structure of your house, it does not affect your home’s property value. What’s more is that installation causes minimal disruption to you and your family because a standard 24-foot, PATHWAY 3G system takes less than an hour to install. All EZ-ACCESS ramps come with a lifetime warranty and are produced in the USA.

Home Safe Homes is also able to install a variety of handrails that are tailored to the location they are needed. We install Gilpin brand Aluminum Railing that is as sturdy as it is aesthetically pleasing. The railing is made of high-grade aluminum alloy and is durable, water resistant, and is virtually maintenance-free due to its powder coating. There are four styles available in either black or white. These options allow you to select the one that best fits the aesthetic that you desire for your home. Depending on which railing type you choose, you also have the option of having either 36″ or 42″ railing height. Most styles of Gilpin railing will slant to allow for use on stairs. All Gilpin railing has a 4″ spacing between each spindle. Our partnership with Gilpin allows us to offer customizable railings that suit your needs and look beautiful. (Gilpin Inc., 2008)

Whether you and your loved ones decide that a permanent, temporary, or portable ramp is the best option for improving the safety of the entrance of your home, Home Safe Homes is able to install the ramp that you need. If a single handrail or a pair is what you or your loved one require, we install a variety of railing that is durable and decorative. At home safe homes it is our goal to improve home accessibility and safety for every generation. Contact us today for a consultation.

Sources:

“Aluminum Railing.” Gilpin Inc. – Summit and Midway Aluminum Porch or Deck Rail, Gilpin Inc., 2008, www.gilpininc.com/Aluminum_Railing.html.

EZ-ACCESS. “Find Portable Wheelchair Ramps Now!” Modular Ramps & Stairs | EZ-ACCESS, www.ezaccess.com/residential/portable-ramps.

EZ-ACCESS. “PATHWAY 3G Aluminum Modular Ramp System.” Modular Ramps & Stairs | EZ-ACCESS, www.ezaccess.com/residential/semi-permanent-ramp/pathway-3g-modular-access-system.

Home Safe Homes Helps Improve Home Safety for the Sandwich Generation

Are you struggling to take care of mom and dad…AND your children?

Home Safe Homes helps people in the sandwich generation* care for both their parents and their children and keep them safe. We offer a variety of services in Child Safety and Accessibility Remodeling.

Throughout the next couple of weeks, we will be posting blogs on how Home Safe Homes can help put Sandwich Generationers’ minds at ease. This week’s blog concentrates the ways we are able to help you improve your parents’ independence in the home through accessibility remodeling, starting with bathroom safety and accessibility

Bathroom Safety

The CDC reported that 81 percent of injuries experienced by those 65 and older were caused by falls and that one of the most common environments, where falls occur, is in the bathroom. Over one-third of older individuals require hospitalization following a bathroom incident. “Each year, 3 million older people are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries.” (“Home and Recreational Safety” 2017)

Consider these safety tips to reduce falls in the bathroom:

  • Ensure shower doors are made of safety glass or replace with a shower curtain.
  • Take extra care when on a wet surface. Slip-resistant flooring is recommended for bathrooms, such as paint-on applications or self-adhesive non-slip strips.
  • Grab bars are recommended in all positions around the bath and toilet. Never use a towel rail to support body weight.
  • Hand-held shower hoses are a good idea, as are shower chairs or bath seats when mobility or balance is in question.

Home Safe Homes strives to help prevent falls in the bathroom and to increase bathroom safety. Whether it is due to aging, illness or disability, when bathrooms need to be modified to reduce barriers for the safety and comfort of those at home — Home Safe Homes can help. Our professionals can advise you on grab bars and other equipment to modify your bathroom to ensure maximum safety and independence.

It is not uncommon for individuals to need help getting in and out of the tub or shower. One of the simplest and most inexpensive ways that Home Safe Homes is able to aide in increasing bathroom safety is through the installation of grab bars. Home Safe Homes keeps stainless steel, concealed screw grab bars in stock, and carry them on our truck. This means that it is possible for our team member to install grab bars the same day that they do a home safety evaluation.

In addition to grab bar installation, we also offer barrier free shower systems. The barrier-free showers that Home Safe Homes install are Best Bath brand. Barrier-free showers allow for easier entry and exit of the shower, especially for those who have difficulty lifting their foot over the lip of standard showers. Barrier-free showers also make it possible for wheelchairs to roll into and out of the shower, and transferring from a wheelchair to shower bench safer and more efficient. We are proud to partner with Best Bath and be able to install their wide array of barrier-free shower options.

For consultation, contact Home Safe Homes today.

 

* The sandwich generation is a generation of people, typically in their thirties or forties, responsible for bringing up their own children and for the care of their aging parents.

Sources:

“Home Assessments | Indianapolis, IN.” Home Safe Homes, Home Safe Homes, 2018, homesafehomes.com/services/#bathroom-modifications.

“Home and Recreational Safety.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 10 Feb. 2017, www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/falls/adultfalls.html.