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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.

April is Occupational Therapy Awareness Month

April is National Occupational Therapy Month. This month is all about increasing awareness about all the benefits of Occupational Therapy, as well as the professionals who provide it. Occupational therapists work with individuals from age newborn through adult, which is why there are so many misperceptions concerning OT and also explains why people are not sure what exactly occupational therapy is.

The American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. (AOTA) affectionately refers to April as “OT Month.” The AOTA states an occupational therapist or OT assistant’s “holistic and customized approach to evaluations, interventions, and outcomes help a child with disabilities participate in school and in social situations, assist a person recovering from injuries to regain skills, aid an older adult to stay as independent as possible, and offer the specialized support and services to people of all ages and in all circumstances that only occupational therapy can provide.” (Batema)

There are many different populations that Occupational Therapists can work with. Some work with young children who struggle with motor skills and developmental milestones. Others help people who have suffered in an accident or other life-changing event, Occupational Therapists help individuals to regain fine motor skills they have lost and learn new ways to perform acts of daily living. They may also work with older individuals who are going through mental or physical changes maintain a reasonable level of independence. Occupation Therapists help people get back to work, back to driving, back to acts of daily living that we often take for granted.

The professionals at Homes Safe Homes are not medical specialists, so we work with Occupational Therapists in order to help us know what modifications are needed now and what may be needed down the road as conditions progress. This allows the Home Safe Homes team to make recommendations to the client, and install equipment that will make aging-in-place possible as the disorder evolves.

Batema, Cara. “SpecialNeeds.com.” Occupational Therapy Month | SpecialNeeds.com, SpecialNeeds.com, www.specialneeds.com/activities/general-special-needs/occupational-therapy-month.

Misconceptions and Realities of Aging-In-Place

This blog will be the first of a four-part series posted throughout the month of February. Each post will address one of the most common misconceptions about aging in place, followed by the reality.

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Misconception: Aging in Place is a Conversation for ‘Old’ People
Many people do not want to talk about or make plans for aging in place because they believe that it is only something “old” people need to do. Amongst homeowners who are 55 years old or older, 61 percent say that they are planning to stay in their home indefinitely as they age. The most common reasons they cite are that they enjoy the independence they feel in their current home, they feel safe in their present home, they do not have any physical disabilities, and they have family who lives nearby. However, HomeAdvisor found that homeowners who are over age 70 (77 percent) are more likely to desire staying in their home than homeowners who are age 56-70 (56 percent). (“Aging in Place Report 2016 | HomeAdvisor” 2017)

This gap could be explained by people not feeling old enough to start the conversation on aging-in-place. On the other hand, it could also be rationalized by the fact that most individuals who plan on moving have most likely already done so by their 70s, whereas those who are older are already aging-in-place.

In fact, HomeAdvisor found that roughly 1/5 of homeowners have completed renovations that would allow them to age-in-place, whereas 1/3 of homeowners report having never considered making these types of modifications. Those who have not thought about aging-in-place renovations have two main reasons. The top reason given was that neither these individuals nor their loved ones had disabilities that would require such modifications to be made. The second most common reason given was that these homeowners did not consider themselves old enough to warrant contemplating these types of renovations. (“Aging in Place Report 2016 | HomeAdvisor” 2017)

Reality: The Best Time to Think About Aging in Place is … Now

No one wants to age, or believe that they are getting older, which is why it makes sense that people wait until their seventies to announce that they have decided to “age-in-place”. On the other hand, something everyone wants to do is, “thrive-in-place”. In other words, they want to make their homes more accommodating.

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A young woman in her first home could add a shower bench to her to her tub to make it easier to shave her legs and take a relaxing shower at the end of a long day.

A young parent could have a microwave installed in place of a base drawer or cabinet, flanking the oven. This would allow them to teach their children how to cook meals more independently. It would also make it possible for the parent to stay in their home, as they get older, and are in a wheelchair or if they find reaching upward difficult.

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What is wonderful is that the same features that assist younger homeowners in thriving in their homes will allow them to do the same when they are older. It’s all about maximizing comfort, convenience and, as a result, happiness

“Aging in place isn’t about special add-on features that will only help you once you’ve fallen and incurred a disability,” says Rodney Harrell, Ph.D., director of Livable Communities at AARP’s Public Policy Institute. “It’s about making functional home improvements that make spaces more useful and more usable for anyone, anytime.” (“Aging in Place Home Design: Features for “Thriving in Place” – Design Tech Homes” 2017)

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“Aging in Place Home Design: Features for “Thriving in Place” – Design Tech Homes.” Aging in Place Home Design & Build for Thriving in Place, Design Tech Homes, 2017, www.dth.com/our-learning-center/homeowner-tips/aging-in-place-home-design-features-for-thriving-in-place.

“Aging in Place Report 2016 | HomeAdvisor.” Home Improvement Tips & Advice from HomeAdvisor, HomeAdvisor, Inc., 30 Aug. 2017, www.homeadvisor.com/r/2016-aging-in-place-report/.