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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 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 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 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.

Uses for a Residential Dumbwaiter – and Reasons to Install One

dumbwaiter definitionA dumbwaiter may seem like a thing of the past, but they are still popular in homes across the country.

At Inclinator-Elevette, Inc., we install residential dumbwaiters monthly, because more homeowners are finally realizing the endless potential of these older forms of home convenient technology.

What is a Residential Dumbwaiter?

Dumbwaiters are personal-use freight elevators. They are common in commercial establishments, such as restaurants and hotels. However, they are also a fixture in residences with multiple levels.

Their most common use is to transport groceries or laundry, but there are plenty more reasons and uses from this in-home lift.

The Endless Potential of a Residential Dumbwaiter

1. They Can be Added to New or Existing Construction

The easiest way to install a dumbwaiter is in new construction, but if your home is already constructed you can still access the convenience of these lift systems.

Inclinator-Elevette, Inc. can easily install a new dumbwaiter in your existing home. We can customize the unit to suit your home’s structure and make it look seamless with the rest of the house – so no one would ever know it was an aftermarket add-on to your home.

2. Saves Back Strain

Back pain is one of the most common reasons for employees missing work, and almost one-half of Americans admit to suffering from back pain symptoms each year, says the American Chiropractic Association.

To avoid unnecessary strain on your own back, you can install a home-use dumbwaiter to carry heavy items from one floor to the other. Most dumbwaiters for home use come with heavy hauling capacity – sometimes up to 200 pounds or more.

If you were to carry 120 pounds of items up one or more flight of stairs, you would increase the likelihood you will have a back strain or injury.

3. Transport Laundry to the Basement or Laundry Floor

The biggest convenience of a dumbwaiter inside the home is that you can transform laundry to and from the floors of your house.

For example, your laundry room is in the basement of your three-story home. You have dirty laundry on the third floor, which you can now send down in the cellar in loads without having to carry it up and down the stairs. The same goes for when the laundry and is clean and folded. You can transport it up to the above floors to make it easier to put it away.

4. Send Up the Groceries

Homes in New Jersey are notorious for having the garage on one level and the rest of the house on the other. When you go grocery shopping, the last thing you want to do is take those groceries up multiple flights of stairs to put them away.

Instead of carrying the loads up in multiple sessions, everything is placed into the dumbwaiter and sent up to the floor with the kitchen.

If you have Inclinator-Elevette, Inc. do the installation, we would recommend having a dumbwaiter open right into the kitchen. Having one in the kitchen lets you open it, pull the groceries out, and put them away with ease.

5. Match Your Home Décor

A dumbwaiter does not have to be a decorative eyesore. In fact, we can customize the look of your dumbwaiter so that it matches seamlessly with your home’s existing style.

For example, your kitchen has oak cabinetry in a dark stain. We can give you a hoist door and wooden finish that mimics that of your existing cabinetry. The opening on the other levels can also be tailored to match your floor’s design seamlessly – so you do not have to worry about a large stainless steel object on each floor of your home.

6. Customize with Numerous Styles and Features

There are various design features to add to your dumbwaiter.

If you select a cab gate, you can pick between slide-up doors, bi-parting doors and even collapsible gates. For hoist way doors, you have the option of swing, slide-up and bi-parting. Then, select from a variety of finishes to complete the look.

Models of dumbwaiters come with varying height and weight capacities. If you have a taller house, our team could install a unit that can go as high as 47 feet with 300 to 500 pounds (depending on the model you choose).

Also, we can install counter-loading or floor-loading units. If you want to slide items from the compartment directly to the countertop, it is easy to do with the counter-loading model. For heavier items that you may wish to unload into the garage, using a floor-loading model is best. Each floor can have the style of load you need to make it easiest and most efficient.

7. Make Cleaning Up the House a Breeze

One of the biggest benefits to using a dumbwaiter in your home is how quickly you can clean.

When you pick up clutter, you can quickly put the clutter you find into a dumbwaiter and send it up to the next floor and continue. At each floor, take out items that belong on that floor and put them away and then continuing to work your way through the house. It saves you the hassle of carrying the items up and down between floors, and it is also a good way to help the children pick up their items. You can send up what they need to clean or put away.

Install a Dumbwaiter in Your Home Today

Dumbwaiters are relatively affordable and a great investment in your home. Homebuyers considering your home in the future will see dumbwaiters as a convenience upgrade, and it could increase the value of your home depending on the market.

Learn more about adding a dumbwaiter to your home by contacting us at 800-541-1741 or request more information online.

Identifying the Types of Elevator Maintenance

Elevator MaintenanceElevator maintenance is in many ways like vehicle maintenance.

Without adequate maintenance, the systems will fail, and the elevator becomes unsafe. Also, when routine maintenance is not performed in a newer model, it may void the manufacturer warranty.

Most owners of elevators, whether business or for home use, are unaware of the maintenance needed to keep elevators operational and safe.

When an elevator is maintained appropriately and within the right schedule, it can last several decades.

In General, Elevators are Safe

Elevators are extremely safe. In fact, Gizmodo highlights that elevators are 20 times safer than escalators, and the only occurrence of an elevator car free falling in history was in 1945 in the Empire State Building. The passenger survived.

In history, those that died from an elevator accident were typically repaired technicians; not passengers.

Despite the fact elevators are safe, they are only as reliable as the maintenance performed on them each year. When elevators are not properly maintained, they become a serious safety risk and a potential citation for businesses.

Elevators are Common Fixtures in the United States and Replaced Often

New elevators are being installed throughout the United States on a frequent basis. In fact, Statista found that 670,000 elevators were installed worldwide, with China taking most of those installations.

Companies and residences around the world can dramatically reduce the costs of replacement just by properly maintaining their elevator systems they have in operation now.

The Most Common Types of Elevator Maintenance

1. Code Requirement Checks and Updates

A critical component of elevator maintenance is conducting routine checks for code compliance and any required code updates on the unit itself. The ASME Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators outlines all requirements, and even demands a written maintenance control program that displays strict adherence to maintenance, examinations and tests at regular intervals.

2. Monthly Inspections and Maintenance

Most elevators require monthly maintenance appointments, especially if they are utilized daily. Accessibility lifts, on the other hand, only need bimonthly maintenance appointments and industrial elevators can do semiannual checks. These audits are merely inspections. At times, the review will yield no need for further maintenance, while at other times individual components must receive maintenance or service repairs.

During these monthly checks, the first thing a technician must review is the hoist ropes and the machines driving the elevator car. Everything must be lubricated and functioning properly. Also, all working parts that require lubrication are examined and additional lubrication applied if it appears they are running dry.

3. Ordering Replacement Components

During the scheduled inspection and maintenance appointment, a good technician will assess which parts are likely ending their life span. They will order those parts at the time so that they can replace during their next maintenance check or when the component finally reaches the end of its life expectancy.

4. Required Safety Checks and Efficiency

In addition to inspections, the technician must run physical safety controls and proficiency checks. This means running the elevator multiple times. The emergency recall system is often overlooked, but is an essential component for security checks and should be examined at every inspection appointment.

5. Assessing for Modernization Needs

Elevators are not designed to last forever. Even with the right elevator maintenance performed at appropriate intervals, an elevator that no longer is code compliant or is too old to find replacement components may be better suited for modernization. Also, a technician will review the frequency of repairs and failures.

At Inclinator-Elevette, Inc., if we notice you are spending excessive amounts of time and money dealing with a consistently failing elevator, we may suggest a modernization versus another repair.

6. Conducting Amp and Pressure Tests

During maintenance appointments, our technicians perform multiple tests that include pressure gauges, multimeters and amp meters. This ensures that the electrical components of your residential or commercial elevator are working properly.

7. Examining the Elevator’s Behavior

Our maintenance technicians must also review the elevator’s response. We assess all aspects of the operation, including the speeds of acceleration and deceleration, smoothness of floor-to-floor travel, emergency equipment, safety equipment, and the safety of the door operation.

Elevator Maintenance is Not Recommended; It Is Required

While most businesses think that their maintenance is nothing more than a suggestion, it is a federal and state regulation. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration and American Society of Mechanical Engineers have developed elevator maintenance requirements that outline how often an elevator must be inspected, and they require businesses to keep those records in case of a state or federal inspection.

Go with a Company that Has Years of Experience in Elevator Installation, Repairs and Maintenance

Inclinator-Elevette, Inc. is your trusted resource for elevator maintenance, repairs, and new installations in the New Jersey area. We provide residences and commercial properties with the lifts and elevators they need to accommodate their lifestyle and their clientele.

We have always prided ourselves on giving our clients revolutionary service, and as one of the oldest and most reliable elevator companies out there, you know you are hiring an expert when it comes to reliability and safety for every elevator we manage.

Contact our team today at 800-541-1741 to schedule an elevator maintenance appointment or contact us online with your questions. 

Make Your Home Safer this Winter with a Home Elevator

Home ElevatorYour home should be a place where you can feel comfortable, safe and relaxed. But when the colder months of the year are in full effect, you may find yourself looking for ways to modify your place of residence to make things better.

Whether the colder temperatures make it harder for you to move around freely or you’re worried about losing your balance after tracking in water after a heavy snowfall, a home elevator can be a great solution to your need.

A home elevator can give your place of residence a new option for helping you, your family, and any guests you have get around quickly and safely. It can also give the building a luxurious touch and a new degree of aesthetic appeal. With a home elevator, any home can be made safer and more stylish.

What Problems Does the Winter Present?

Even if your home is to your liking in many different ways, the winter season can still present some problems for you to deal with. The first is the cold. The blustery and frigid temperatures can be very hard to deal with, especially if a person suffers from a condition like arthritis. Cold temperatures can be an inconvenience, but they can also cause serious health concerns.

A person who struggles to move in the cold weather may be at risk when the winter season hits. And the winter season can present a number of other problems as well. For example, the winter snow piling up outside can cause people to bring in moisture, which can in turn make floors slippery.

These two types of hazards together can make it very difficult for a person to stay safe during the winter season in some cases. What is the solution for these types of hazards? Using a home elevator can help you make it easier for anyone in your home to get around safely in the winter.

The Emergence of Home Elevators

Home elevators have become more popular over time for a number of reasons. Though elevators are more common at places of business, schools and other similar establishments, they are finding their way into increasingly homes due to the benefits they provide. And while home elevators are unique from other models of elevators, they all perform the same basic function – making transportation easier.

In some cases, elevators in a person’s home can be used for more than making transportation more convenient – they can make things safer. This is true regardless of the time of year it is. But those places that experience rough winter conditions for longer periods of the year may have more residents who are looking to invest in a home elevator.

Are All Home Elevators the Same?

While all home elevators accomplish the same basic tasks, there are a number of different makes and models out there for purchase. Since having this kind of device installed is a major commitment, most people do shop around and weigh their options carefully before making a final decision.

Which Type of Home Elevator is Best?

Your choice of home elevator can depend on numerous factors including the size of your home, your budget, and the features you look for in a device of this kind. If you’re looking to make sure you get a good fit, it is a good idea to ensure that the company you’re consulting about buying a home elevator has expertise when it comes to these types of devices.

Who Can Benefit from a Home Elevator?

A home elevator can provide the benefits of quick and seamless transportation from one floor to the next while shielding people from hazards like cold temperatures or slippery surfaces. But a home elevator can be used to provide these types of perks to multiple different groups of people.

While elderly individuals are not automatically at risk for slipping or experiencing trouble with moving simply because of their age, it is common knowledge that falls are a predominant cause of injuries among older people. This means that they can benefit greatly from having a home elevator installed.

Who Else Can Use a Home Elevator?

Depending on the type of home elevator a person has installed, nearly anyone can use it. Some models function just like standard elevators in commercial facilities, meaning that all inhabitants of a home can use the elevator to get from one spot in the house to another with greater ease. Young people, middle-aged people, and the elderly can all benefit from having a home elevator.

Are Home Elevators Safe?

Some people may worry about getting one of these devices installed in their home. Admittedly, home elevators are not the most common types of devices out there, even if they are gaining popularity slowly. But these devices are used throughout the country and the world, relying on high-end technology from professional organizations to help improve homes and make them safer.

Benefits of a Home Elevator in the Winter

If you’re considering making your home safer with a home elevator, winter is a great time to get this device. Not only does the cold weather make it more difficult for some people to move, but it can also cause you to feel less energetic. This can make moving things more difficult and can even cause you to feel fatigued from simply walking up the stairs.

Home elevators can make your place of residence more comfortable while also making it safer. By giving you the ability to travel to adjacent floors without worrying about falling or losing balance, a home elevator eliminates many of the problems that can cause you injuries – especially during the winter.

How Can You Finance a Home Elevator?

Financing for home elevators can vary based on the type of elevator, the amount of work required to install it in a home, a person’s medical needs for it, and more. Consulting with the experts at Inclinator Elevette, Inc. can help you understand more about the specifics and how they are useful.

Sobering Statistics About Falls and the Elderly

A personal elevator may help prevent dangerous falls.Senior citizens are subject to hazards and dangers that the rest of us aren’t. For example, elderly individuals may have more trouble getting up and down stairs than those who are younger. Sometimes using stairs can lead to the possibility of falls. For some seniors, a personal elevator might be the answer.

Whether it’s trouble maintaining balance, issues supporting weight, or any other problem which causes an elderly person to be at risk for falling, they’re not alone – many elderly people are at risk for this problem across the country.

But falls can become more likely in certain situations. Any of the aforementioned problems could be even more difficult to deal with on stairs. Since falls can be seriously harmful or even fatal for elderly individuals, more people are relying on personal elevators and other similar technology to help them avoid these types of hazards.

Just How Dangerous Are Falls?

We all know that falls can be a threat to the elderly. But just how dangerous are falls? How often do they occur and what hazards do they present? Falls are common among those who have trouble getting around, memory issues, balance problems, and other ailments that inhibit their ability to move easily.

It is estimated that roughly a quarter of all Americans over 65 will fall each year according to statistics gathered by the Center for Disease Control. Every 11 seconds an elderly individual is treated for injuries sustained in a fall, with a fatal fall occurring every 19 minutes.

Are All Falls Dangerous?

While there is no way of telling how much damage a fall has truly done without consulting a reliable medical professional, not every type of fall does the same amount of harm. But even a fall that doesn’t cause severe injuries may be a warning sign that an elderly person is at risk to fall again.

How Common Are Falls?

Falls are the leading cause of injuries to elderly individuals who are admitted to hospitals. They result in over 2.8 million injuries per year. This includes more than 800,000 hospitalizations and 27,000 deaths per year among the elderly.

How Can Falls Among the Elderly Be Avoided?

There is always a concern about falls in the elderly. And while this problem may be very common among older people, it is not unavoidable. Just because a person is older doesn’t mean they are automatically going to suffer from falls. In fact, there are many ways that people can work to prevent falls. These include adhering to healthy habits and also using technology like a personal elevator.

But what are the best ways to prevent falls? One of the best ways to handle this type of hazard is to know whether or not you are at risk for it. Any dizziness, soreness, trouble moving, or other similar problems that could cause you to fall should be discussed with your doctor. If you discover you may be at risk of falling, you can discuss ways to help avoid this problem and keep yourself safe.

The Benefits of a Preventive Approach

No one likes to think about being at risk for falls. But when it comes to preventive methods, being aware of the risk is the first step. Elderly people should be aware that falling is a possibility for those in their age group, and should ensure that they are not one of the individuals who may be prone to falling.

How Medical Professionals Can Provide Guidance

There are many conditions which can pose a risk to a person’s health, but being prone to falling is one of the most dangerous to the elderly. If a person is in the condition that would require them to make lifestyle changes or get a personal elevator to move safely, their doctor can advise them on the right course of action.

The Concentrated Effort to Reduce Falls

With these types of statistics painting a picture of just how dangerous falls are to elderly individuals, more people and groups have been willing to take part in an effort to reduce falls. Multiple organizations have joined together to help promote the good types of habits and practices which can help reduce falls among the elderly.

One of the main ways a person can prevent their chances of falling is by adhering to guidelines and practices developed to stop such problems. These can include anything from using things like canes or walkers for getting around or even investing in a residential personal elevator.

Benefits of Getting a Personal Elevator

Some elderly people have no issues with falling, while others can mitigate their existing risk by physical therapy, canes or other solutions. Still though, there are many people who are at risk for falling.

For these people, getting a personal elevator can be a very wise decision. This type of solution makes it easy for a person to avoid the risk of falling altogether if they have a problem with going up and down stairs. Since stairs present one of the biggest risks for elderly people who are in danger of falling, a personal elevator can be an effective solution.

How Hard is it to Get a Personal Elevator?

The price and timeframe required for a personal elevator can vary depending on the provider of the device. But given how effective these units can be at preventing elderly people from falling, there are many organizations dedicated to providing solutions like these, and they can provide the exact details concerning the construction and installation of the device.

Additional Benefits of a Personal Elevator

If you’re having a personal elevator installed, you should know it is an effective tool for preventing falls among elderly people. But it also provides many other benefits as well. It can be used by anyone to make going from floor-to-floor easier. An elevator from Inclinator Elevette, Inc. also provides a degree of aesthetic appeal to any building. Contact us today!

A Residential Elevator and Homeowner’s Insurance: How One Affects the Other

Elevator in new construction home off of foyerIt wasn’t that long ago when elevators were something that was only seen in skyscrapers, hotels, businesses and apartment buildings. The residential elevator was rare indeed! Anyone who had one had to be extremely wealthy.

Over time, though, the residential elevator has progressively become a popular addition to homes. Why are they continuing to gain in popularity? And, if you decide to have one installed in your home, how will such an investment affect your homeowner’s insurance policy?

Two Reasons Why Residential Elevators Are Increasing In Popularity

There are two main reasons why more people are choosing to install a residential elevator and why contractors are getting more orders to add them to new construction.

1. They Help Baby Boomers Stay Independent

Baby boomers are getting up there in years; the oldest group of boomers has now reached their 70s. As we get older, the body doesn’t want to cooperate with us very much. Loss of balance, falls, broken bones, and head injuries are unfortunately common as people age. But Baby Boomers are a very independent group of people. They want to stay at home if possible, living on their own in the comfort of their own home. Accessories within the home—like elevators—can help them stay at home longer by reducing the risk of injury.

2. They Serve As a Luxurious Amenity for Homeowners

Even younger people appreciate how easy a residential elevator can make their life. It’s so much faster and easier to push a button and get to your destination than it is to climb your stairs. And, if you’re in a hurry, like many of us are, you appreciate getting to your destination as fast as possible. Plus, if your arms are full of shopping bags, packages, mail, or children it’s so much more convenient to ride an elevator than it is to haul everything up the stairs.

Just close your eyes and imagine how nice it would be not to have to drag heavy luggage up your stairs. Imagine moving into your new home and not having to move large boxes up the stairs while not being able to see the steps in front of you. Those who have lived with an elevator have seen just how convenient it makes everyday tasks.

How a Residential Elevator Can Impact Your Homeowner’s Insurance

Whether you’re a baby boomer or just appreciate the ease that a residential elevator can provide in your home, the next thing you’ll need to consider is how such an investment will impact your homeowner’s insurance. Here are some things to consider before investing in a residential elevator.

Are you installing the elevator in new construction or an existing structure?

There are many insurance plans that will cover additions to a home, like swimming pools and patios without needing to change plans or increase coverage. It is best, though, to check your policy before proceeding with your elevator plans. If your homeowner’s policy doesn’t already cover the addition of an elevator, you will need to purchase liability insurance.

What technical difficulties could result in needing to utilize your homeowner’s insurance? 

Why would you need liability insurance? This leads us to point No. 2: considering technical difficulties that could contribute to a person’s injury or damage to the elevator. For example, if someone was accidentally stuck in an elevator, what would it take to get them out? If during that process, there is any damage done to the elevator or the person within it, the liability insurance would help to cover those costs.

Does your insurance company provide residential elevator coverage?

Homeowner’s insurance policies cover a lot of issues that may arise. However, there are some things that insurance companies won’t cover. Per FoxBusiness.com, things that aren’t covered by homeowner’s insurance include mold, sinkholes, sewage backup, termites and nuclear plant accidents. Based on that list, it looks like residential elevators should be covered. In many cases, they are, but it’s always best to check with your insurance provider as many of them differ.

How much could your insurance rate increase with elevator coverage?

Installing a residential elevator can range into the tens of thousands of dollars. How will that impact your insurance premiums? And, if there were technical difficulties with the elevator, approximately how much would you be responsible for paying? Answering these questions before committing to a new elevator investment will help you feel more comfortable with this level of investment.

How the elevator will impact the value of your home.

The elevator industry is very concerned with the safety of those who purchase and use their products. None of us take this lightly. That is why elevator companies stick to the highest standards when it comes to product design and development. It is very rare that client’s experience problems with the elevators.

However, one thing having an elevator will do is increase the value of your home. Therefore, your insurance coverage will need to increase to cover that extra value. For instance, if your house were to burn down in a fire, your insurance would only cover the value of your home before you had the elevator installed—unless you updated your policy to include the value of the elevator.

A Great Investment Deserves Great Coverage

A residential elevator is an investment. You need to carefully weigh the pros and cons, including how the installation of this item will impact your homeowner’s insurance. It is best to get as much information as you can from your insurance provider, and it might even be prudent to compare insurance companies. You want to get the best coverage for an amount that fits into your budget. Doing so will make you feel extremely happy and satisfied with the new addition to your home.

If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of a residential elevator, we invite you to contact us today. We will show you just how helpful a home elevator will prove to be in your life.