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What is a LULA Elevator and What Are Its Benefits?

Residential Elevator Construction

As a small business owner with a building that has several floors, you may be wondering how to make your space more accessible. Making certain that everyone, including people with disabilities, can get to your office can only benefit your company. But perhaps you cannot afford a full-size commercial elevator, or your building only has a few stories. What do you do?

A LULA elevator is the affordable and perfectly-sized solution to your woes. This type of elevator is smaller than a traditional commercial elevator, but has many benefits to it, including affordability. Learn more about what these elevators can do for you.

What Does “LULA” Stand For, Anyway?

A LULA elevator is a “Limited Use/Limited Application” (LU/LA) elevator. They are “limited-use” because they can only handle up to a certain weight and only travel a few floors in height. They’re “limited application” because you can really only install them in building like churches, low-rise apartment buildings and office spaces, and other commercial buildings that only reach a certain height.

What are Some Benefits of a LULA Elevator?

Here are a few perks of installing this type of elevator in your building:

  • They’re Inexpensive: A LULA elevator costs less than a standard commercial elevator.
  • Compact Size: These elevators take up far less space than a standard elevator, yet work just as well. They are about 42 inches wide and 60 inches deep inside the car.
  • They’ve Got a Shallow Pit: The pit for this kind of elevator is much shallower than a standard commercial elevator. LULA elevators only require 14 inches for the pit, as opposed to 48 inches for a standard elevator.
  • They’re Low-Maintenance: For a standard elevator, you need to have a maintenance person come every month. LULA elevators only require maintenance every six months. This also helps you save some money.

Who Can Use This Type of Elevator?

Schools and churches are obvious examples of organizations that could find some good use for a LULA elevator. However, there are more! If your office building is only a couple of stories tall, you can use one of these elevators. In fact, anyone who knows their building requires greater accessibility can benefit.

Invest in a Well-Designed LULA Elevator

If you’re a small business owner or run a school, you should take advantage of any opportunity you have to increase accessibility in your building. Let Inclinator-Elevette, Inc., be your source for high-quality, well-designed LULA elevators. Trust us, your customers and visitors will thank you. Contact us today to get started.

Frequently Asked Questions about Stair Lifts

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If you or a loved one requires a stair lift to be built in your home, it is important to get the facts on all aspects of the lift, from design and installation to payment. These lifts can get expensive, making it all the more critical that you how exactly to pay for them. It can get confusing, too, so that’s why we at Inclinator-Elevette, Inc., have compiled this list of frequently asked questions about residential stair lifts, from payment options to more basic options.

Let’s get started!

Will Medicare Pay for My Stair Lift?

The short and simple answer is: no. Unfortunately, Medicare, at the very most, will only pay for a small portion of the cost of a lift if the lift has an elevating seat that helps the rider get in and out. However, these can get very pricey, making the contribution from Medicare fairly minuscule. Also, any Medicare supplemental insurance policies will not pay for stair lifts, either. These policies are designed to help out with co-payments and deductibles for any goods or services covered by Medicare, so if something’s not covered by Medicare, it won’t be covered by the supplemental insurance.

Who Does Help Pay for My Lift?

Certain states, including New Jersey, have programs that can help pay for these products. In New Jersey, this program is called Jersey Assistance for Community Caregiving, or JACC. JACC is not a Medicaid program and there are cost caps, which is important to consider. The link provided above has much more information on JACC, including who qualifies for it.

Should I Let My Grandchildren Play on My Stair Lift?

Absolutely not! Stair lifts are only for those who need to use them. They are not toys, and should not be treated as such. Your grandchild could seriously injure themselves if they play on the lift, as well as potentially break or damage it. This damage could cost you a lot of money, too.

What Are Some Features of a Residential Stair Lift?

Your stair lift should include the following:

  • A padded seat and backrest
  • Folding arms that allow access to the stairway
  • A swivel seat that will aid you in sitting down or getting up from the lift
  • Safety sensors

These are only a few essential features of an average stair lift, but they do the trick.

Get a High-Quality Stair Lift for Your Home

If you or someone you love has mobility issues, installing a stair lift is one way to increase independence and allow you to remain in your home for as long as you need. Increasing mobility can help boost mood and confidence, so don’t wait. Get stair lifts from Inclinator-Elevette Inc., today and see the difference a good home modification can make.

 

Get the Facts on Hiring Home Modification Contractors

A personal elevator may help prevent dangerous falls.

When someone you love has a physical disability, you want to make sure that their home is comfortable and more importantly, accessible. This can be a tall order, considering certain homes, like older houses or apartments. However, you shouldn’t feel like you’re in over your head. There are many resources out there, and this blog is one of them. In it, we’ll discuss some essential information regarding the hiring of a home modification contractor, including what to expect and some common mistakes people make.

Tip # 1: Ask for References

When initially looking to hire a home modification contractor, you might be tempted to go with the first one you see listed. After all, you want this project done as quickly as possible so that your loved one can have an accessible home. It is wise, however, to wait and get several references from the two or three contractors you have narrowed your list down to. The references should be asked if the project was completed on schedule, if there were any sort of “hidden” expenses, and what it was like, generally speaking, to work with the contractor and their workers.

If a contractor doesn’t want to supply any references, run far away! This is a sign that they cannot be trusted.

Tip # 2: Get Several Bids

Home modification projects are going to get expensive, especially if a bathroom remodel is involved. That’s why it’s important to get several different bids from contractors regarding the specific work you are requesting.

Also, be wary of bids that are very low. They may be too good to be true. Hidden costs can creep up on you, particularly when you don’t read the fine print. Financing may always be a bit of an issue, so go with the contractor that offers the best job at a relatively good price.

Tip # 3: Figure out Times and Schedules

You probably don’t want your contractor showing up at 5 A.M. to do the job. Being clear about what times you are available, as well as what times are best for the contractor to work, will benefit everyone involved.

Setting a schedule is also a wise decision. There may be days where there is bad weather, or maybe the parts for your remodel arrived broken. While these things happen, it is still a good idea to set up a work schedule with both your hours and your contractor’s in mind. That way, your remodel will be as close to on schedule as possible.

Tip # 4: Address Specifics in the Contract

When creating a contract between you and the company doing your home modifications, make sure to stop and consider the details. For example, how often will the contractors clean up their work area? Will they clear debris? And what about their construction equipment? Will it destroy your yard or driveway?

These items can easily be forgotten, but they are still very important. You don’t want you or your loved one living in a dusty, paint-splattered house or apartment until everything’s finished.  Considering the details will go a long way in making certain that the remodeling process goes smoothly.

Call the Professionals When it’s Time

If you are looking for home modifications that involve an in-home elevator or dumbwaiter, those require a professional who can do the job right. Contact Inclinator-Elevette, Inc. for quality service and installation. We will work with you to design and install the solution that’s best for you.

Tips for Installing a Dumbwaiter in Your Shore Home

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If you own a shore home, you know that the construction of your house is unique. It probably has a longer than average staircase, which can make getting upstairs and downstairs difficult. When you have heavy items to carry or even just a few bags of groceries, a simple task becomes much more complicated and frustrating.

It doesn’t have to be that way, though. Installing a dumbwaiter is a good way to ensure that you won’t get injured from carrying heavy boxes or bags up those tall stairs. These handy lifts look like miniature elevators and work pretty much the same way. They can be used to carry groceries, water or even laundry from downstairs to upstairs and back again.

Benefits of a Residential Dumbwaiter

There are several benefits of installing a dumbwaiter in your shore home:

  • They are a worthwhile investment. While dumbwaiters may appear expensive, the assistance and convenience they provide make them well worth the cost.
  • They can be discreet. Dumbwaiters don’t have to have a brightly-colored sign on them and can be designed to be as unobtrusive visually as possible.
  • They can be designed with the construction of your home in mind. Not all dumbwaiters have to look out-of-place and dated in a more modern shore home, nor do they have to be sleek and futuristic if that’s not what you want.
  • They are easy to use. Dumbwaiters can be used by anyone who needs one.

 

Some Basic Tips for Using Your Dumbwaiter

Not everyone will immediately know what to use a dumbwaiter for, or how to best use it to suit their specific needs. Here are some quick tips:

  • Use for laundry. This may seem silly. After all, not all loads of laundry are incredibly heavy, and you may feel that it’s not necessary. But imagine all the wear and tear you’d save your knees if you used the dumbwaiter instead! That alone is pretty convincing.
  • Use for groceries. This is a great idea for anyone who has a kitchen on the second floor of their shore home.
  • Use for other heavy items.  When you have large, bulky jugs of water, use your dumbwaiter to get them to wherever they need to be.

 

How to Fix and Service

If your dumbwaiter breaks or gets otherwise damaged, we would advise you to not try to fix it yourself. There are many moving parts in these machines, and the average individual doesn’t know how to properly handle them. This could lead to serious injury. When in doubt, leave repairs and maintenance to the professionals.

Call the Professionals to Install

Once you’ve made the decision to order a dumbwaiter, make sure you get one from the experts. Inclinator-Elevette, Inc. is your source for these machines and much more. Make your life simpler by contacting us today.

What You Need to Know When Remodeling a Home for People with Disabilities

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Remodeling a home is a stressful time. Add in specific needs and accommodations that come with disabled living, it can be difficult to discern where to begin. Maintaining a home is one of the biggest investments a person makes in their lifetime, with those living with disabilities or seniors aging naturally having those costs amplified with their specific needs.

With the right planning, there can be significant savings while still achieving a comfortable and accessible home. Nationally, disability accommodations for the home cost an average of $6,292 in remodeling. The lowest cost is reported at $200 but it can cost as much as $20,252. However, with the right home remodeler and some tips on modifications, those costs can be cut down significantly.

Planning a Remodel with Disabilities in Mind

Having the right expert can take the burden of a remodel off the homeowner and make the entire process run smoothly. Finding a Universal Design Certified Professional (UDCP) that is associated with the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) can help alleviate the stress and issues that come with this type of remodeling project. These professionals use the principles of universal design and can help save a notable amount of money in remodeling projects.

The principles of universal design include:

  1. Equitable use
  2. Flexibility in use
  3. Simple and intuitive use
  4. Perceptible information
  5. Tolerance for error
  6. Low physical effort
  7. Size and space for approach and use

Using these seven simply principles, an accessible home will be easy for anyone to use, whether they are elderly, very young, or have a disability. It is the most important to consider the specific needs of the individual when planning out a remodel of a home. This can range from autism spectrum disorder to dementia and other significant hurdles, both physical and mental.

At Inclinator Elevette, we believe every accommodation should be tailor-made to suit the specific needs of the individual and the layout of the home. Contact one of our customer representatives today to find out how we can help make your home accessible for everyone.

Federal Resources for Individuals with Disabilities

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Finding the right resources and tools when you have a disability can be difficult. We’ve put together some of the top federal resources for individuals with disabilities to better help our valuable clients.

Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR)

If you have suffered an injury that has made it impossible to return to your line of work, there is a nationwide federal-state program that will assist eligible individuals with disabilities to find suitable work. Vocation Rehabilitation helps create and reach an employment goal that meets the needs and wants of each individual.

Additionally, the program provides medical, therapeutic, counseling, education, training, and more. VR offices can be found in any vicinity. Check your local directory or visit the following website to find your local office: http://askjan.org/cgi-win/TypeQuery.exe?902

Disability.gov

This government-run website has an extensive and comprehensive guide and list of employment resources. Additionally, it boasts extensive information about benefits, emergency preparedness, education, civil rights, health, community life, housing, technology, and transportation specifically geared for those with disabilities. If you have recently become disabled or have many questions about what options you have, there is a list of resources available here: https://www.disability.gov/?s=&fq=topics_taxonomy:%22Employment%5E%5E%22

ADA National Network

If you have questions about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and how it affects you, the ADA National Network is the perfect place to start. The network is made up of ten regional ADA National Network Centers throughout the country and provides information, guidance, and training on the ADA. The information is accessible and comprehensive for the needs of businesses, government agencies, and individuals alike at a local, regional, and national level. The centers provide personalized and local assistance to help properly implement the ADA in all possible locations. Unlike other resource centers, this is not an enforcement or regulatory agency. Instead, they support the ADA’s mission to “make it possible for everyone with a disability to live a life of freedom and equality.”

For more information, visit http://adata.org/Static/Home.html or call 1.800.949.4232 (Voice/TTY).

Accessible Community Transportation in Our Nation (Project ACTION)

Project ACTION helps bring universal access to transportation for individuals with disabilities. This project goes beyond federal law and partners with transportation providers, the disability community, and other relevant groups. The project offers training, applied research, outreach, technical assistance, and communication to help everyone get where they need to be. For more information on accessible transportation, along with customer rights and legislation, visit http://www.projectaction.org/ or call 1.800.659.6428 or 202.347.7385 (TDD).

Access Board

Whether you are concerned about having proper access to a federally funded facility and need to file a complaint under the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA), or want to know your access rights, Access Board can help. Visit their website at www.access-board.gov or call 1.800.872.2253 (Voice) or 1.800.993.2822 (TTY).

If you’re looking to have an elevator added to your home, contact us today to get started! We take every individual’s needs into consideration when deciding the best solution for their home.

Keeping Children Safe When You Have an In-Home Elevator

Inclinator-Elevette - In-Home Elevators and SafetyAn in-home elevator can provide a lot of ease getting around for those with disabilities or are growing older, but without proper precaution, it can be a host of many dangers for children. Simply meeting code standards doesn’t guarantee your elevator is completely safe for young and elderly family members.

Some small tips and considerations can go a long way for elevator safety, such as:

  • Never let children on the elevator unattended.
  • Understand how your elevator works, including all small functions.
  • Make sure there is an emergency phone in case someone gets stuck, and regularly check it can properly dial out.
  • Add a lock to the hoistway door to make sure younger children can’t open it without an adult.
  • Never try to do your own maintenance. If the hoistway door gets stuck, have a professional handle putting it back in place.
  • Ensure your children understand the elevator is not a play area.
  • Choose easy-to-use safety guards that older members can easily open but can’t be tripped by children.
  • Have regular basic checks of the elevator. This doesn’t have to be professionally done. Instead, check all functions are working well and regularly conduct visual checks that nothing looks out of place.
  • Do not adjust battery lowering systems. Many users think they are making the elevator safer and shutting it down. Instead, there is a real risk of the battery dying, which could happen at any time.
  • Never prop the doors open. This can cause damage to the mechanisms in place and lead to a less safe elevator overall.
  • Never open the door with your hand or hold it open in the same fashion. Not only does it put your own self at risk of harm, doing so will communicate that this is the proper use to your children, putting them at risk for serious bodily injury.

Overall, in-home elevators, stair lifts and dumbwaiters are incredibly safe. Our company adds many safety features that are easy to use to ensure the safety of all family members. By following these simple tips and keeping safety a priority, you can add accessibility to your home without putting anyone at risk.

Inclinator-Elevette, Inc. installs in-home elevators and other accessibility modifications for your home that meet or exceed all safety guidelines. Contact us today for more information.

What to Consider When Modifying Your Home for Disabled Access

Inclinator Elevette - Disabled AccessRather than living in a hospital setting, those living with disabilities can enjoy the comfort of their own home with some considerations in how their house is setup. With modifications, living can be even easier by staying home and provide the support any specialists need when visiting.

Common Modifications

  • Doorway widening
  • Grab rails for support
  • Specialized furniture, such as adjustable beds and support chairs
  • Alert devices for hearing impaired
  • Adding firm, level surfaces to pathways or driveways
  • Installing ramps in place of stairways
  • Putting bedrooms and bathrooms on the ground-level
  • Bathroom modifications such as a raised toilet or level deck shower
  • Moving light switches to convenient heights
  • Installing stair lifts, in-house elevators, and/or dumbwaiters

Planning for Modifications

Planning helps make modifications a much easier process. For those who are modifying a home for the first time, the task can seem daunting. Talking with the specialists that help with your care can help get your priorities in order.

Since we have worked in many homes and have seen the best and worst of home modifications, our experts at Inclinator-Elevette, Inc. can help you avoid extra costs and mishaps.

Other medical professionals, such as a nurse or physiotherapist, can advise you during your modifications on the best options in equipment and which modifications best suit your needs. They can take both your short-term and long-term care needs into consideration, taking a lot of the stressful decision-making out of remodeling.

Financial Help

There are a lot of federal options in financing, along with financial help from programs in which you are likely already enrolled. There may also be some grants you may qualify for to ease the financial burden of remodeling. If you are interested in these programs,  your medical professionals. They may not only be able assist you in finding the programs, but may also give you advice on how to best to apply.

The experts at Inclinator-Elevette, Inc. are happy to perform an audit of your home to help determine whether an in-house elevator, stair lift or other option is the best modification to make your home accessible to disabled guests or family members. Call us today!

Five Reasons to Consider an In-Home Elevator for Your Ocean City, Maryland Residence

Five Reasons to Consider an In-Home Elevator for Your Ocean City, Maryland Residence

An in-home elevator is no more a thing only the well-to-do can afford.

Thanks to modern technological advancements, lifts are easy to install in a home and relatively affordable. By installing one in your house, you can increase your mobility and allow yourself to enjoy every level of your home.

Five Compelling Reasons to Install an In-Home Elevator

1. You Increase Property Value

While the in-home elevator for your Ocean City, Maryland home costs money upfront, you may be surprised at the return you get on that investment. Having an elevator in your home adds value, making it a profitable investment.

Prospective homebuyers may be encouraged to look at a home with an elevator because they want a home that is accessible for years.

2. Eliminate the Risk of Accidents

Whether you have limited mobility or small children in the house, using an elevator decreases the likelihood of a fall downstairs. Falls are the leading cause of non-fatal injuries in children, with approximately 8,000 children treated in hospitals each day due to a fall-related injury. The CDC specifically states stairs are a high-risk area for children.

Elderly individuals are more likely to be hospitalized for a fall, and falls are the leading cause of traumatic brain injury. So, installing an elevator could significantly reduce your home’s risk to your safety as well as the safety of your visitors.

3. You Add a Layer of Convenience

Instead of having to carry bulky items to the next floor, you can use your in-home elevator to transport it. Also, an in-home elevator does not take up much space, but it offers tremendous potential. You can use it to carry laundry up and down floors, and children, luggage, and even groceries are easier to move too.

4. You Can Customize the Look

Elevators do not come in a single style. So, you can order an in-home elevator for your Ocean City, Maryland residence that matches the look and feel of your décor. This makes it seamlessly integrate into your home’s architecture; thus, increasing the value of your home.

5. Space-Saving Designs

Today, technological advances have allowed for elevators to be placed almost anywhere in your home — including on the exterior. You can also use them to unlock an area of the home rarely used, flush against the wall, or to replace a staircase altogether.

There are numerous design and architectural options when it comes to an in-home elevator. If you have limited mobility, or you just need something that makes traveling from one floor to the next easier, an in-home elevator could the solution you have been looking for.

Inclinator-Elevette, Inc. offers in-home elevator and vertical lift solutions for those that want to improve their home’s functionality and increase value.

Stairchair or In-Home Elevator: Which Makes More Sense for Your Home?

Stairchair or In-Home Elevator?When mobility is limited, but you have multiple floors in your home, you might consider devices that help you access the second or third floors.

While there are plenty of options, the two most common are the stairchair and in-home elevator.

Deciding between the two is not easy because each has their advantages and disadvantages. In the end, it comes down to your mobility needs and assessing the benefits of each to decide which will help you enjoy every level of your home.

Addressing the Stairchair: Pros and Cons to Consider

A stairchair is cost-effective, and it allows you to move up and down the stairs without climbing a single step. Instead, the stairchair is affixed to a rail system. You sit on the chair, and the chair follows the rails up the side of your staircase to the next level.

The Benefits of a Stairchair

  • Limited Remodeling: A stairchair is installed with a rail along the wall, a chair and possibly an electrical outlet. You do not have to retrofit your entire home to accommodate it.
  • Design Options: There are design options with a stair lift so that you can pick a chair, rail color, and design that suits the style of your home and does not create an eyesore.
  • Fast Installation: Most stair chairs are installed in one day, and the process is relatively quick.

The Disadvantages of a Stairchair

  • Access at the Top is Limited: If you rely on a wheelchair or walker to assist you with getting around, you would need one on both levels, because you cannot carry a wheelchair or walker up on the stairchair.
  • Extra Costs: The complexity of your staircase may increase the cost of your stairchair. Curved or ornate staircases often require customized rail systems, which obviously cost more.

Examining the In-Home Elevator: What Advantages and Disadvantages are There?

An in-home elevator is a much bigger project, but it could add value and style to your home if it is done properly.

The Benefits of an In-Home Elevator

  • Adds Value: An in-home elevator has one significant advantage over the stairchair, and that is the value. Any home with an elevator will have more value than a home without one.
  • Customized to Your Home: In-home elevators can be customized to your home’s design, and the cab can have aesthetics that match your home’s existing décor, which in turn make it flow naturally with the home.

The Disadvantages of an In-Home Elevator

  • Longer Installation: The elevator will take much longer to install than a stairchair — usually taking a few weeks to months depending on the extensiveness of the installation and construction needed.
  • Remodeling Required: The work to install an in-home elevator often requires a contractor and architect. The process involves creating a shaft, installing the lift, and ensuring it meets all safety code requirements for elevators.

Which Option is Best for Your Home?

The best choice comes down to your budget and overall preferences. If you do not want to remodel extensively, or you need a lift solution immediately, then the stairchair is your best option.

If you need something that will be in the home for years (possibly decades), and you want to add value, an in-home elevator could be the best option.

To assess all your choices, meet with an elevator expert at Inclinator-Elevette, Inc. We can help you choose among an array of in-home elevators and vertical lifts.