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Cold Weather Considerations and Tips for Seniors

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As Autumn approaches, it’s time to start thinking about the colder weather before it comes. For families with seniors, the considerations are more than buying enough salt for sidewalks before the snow comes. Instead, the safety and health of their loved ones could be compromised without the right preparations. Rather than worrying about slip and fall accidents and staying warm when the first snow storm comes, there are simple considerations to make beforehand.

Slip and Fall Prevention

The Centers for Disease Control has reported that one in three people above the age of 65 suffers a fall each year. Many of these falls lead to hospitalization, making it a priority to ensure fall prevention is a regular concern in households with seniors. Some tips for prevention include:

  • Remove piles and other items that pose a tripping threat including magazine piles and small throw rugs.
  • Keep eyeglass prescriptions up to date.
  • Install grab bars in the bathroom such as by the toilet and in the shower for needed support.
  • Ensure light bulbs are replaced and all lighting is good in all rooms.
  • Check prescriptions for risk of disorientation and drowsiness that increases the risk for falls.

Keeping Warm

As we get older, the body has a harder time regulating body temperature. Due to this, cold drafts and weather have a bigger impact on the elderly. Here are a few easy tips to keep seniors warm as the weather cools down.

  • Purchase many layers of clothing. This helps keep natural body heat between layers and gives the option to change layers as temperatures change throughout the day.
  • For homes with double hung windows, regularly check that they are fully shut and not just on the top or bottom. If the home is older, a good tip is to cover the windows with plastic sheeting or saran wrap for a cheaper fix. This will work to keep heat inside the home.
  • Use the furniture to your advantage by putting backs of chairs and couches against drafty windows or doors.
  • Keep a few throw blankets in easy reach, such as on the back of a couch or the arm of a chair.
  • Check in frequently. If you can’t visit your loved one in person, be sure to call to check in regularly and make sure they are eating well and staying warm.

The safety of seniors is our top priority at Inclinator Elevette. Contact us to find out about our in-home elevator products to create a safer home for your family members.

End of August Summer Safety Tips for Seniors

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With August coming to an end, many are preparing for Fall’s return but the sweltering weather is far from over. As we begin planning family get-togethers and pumpkin picking, we still must be vigilant in ensuring the safety of the seniors in our lives. Caregivers and seniors alike can use a few simple tips to ensure the end of the summer is a safe and happy time for the whole family.

Hydration

Due to a decreased ability to retain water as we age, seniors are more likely to suffer from dehydration. Depending on the person, they may also have a decreased ability to feel changes in temperature and realize their own thirst. Drinking water more often can help curb some of the effects of dehydration but there should also be efforts to replace salt and potassium lost by sweat. This can be done with beverages designed with such performance in mind.

Risks of Hyperthermia

Nearly everyone is familiar with hypothermia when the body loses heat more quickly than it can produce. However, hyperthermia can be just as deadly. Hyperthermia is the beginning stages that lead to heat stroke, which can have life-altering consequences including death. Symptoms to look out for include:

  • Dry, flushed skin
  • Fainting
  • Lack of sweat when it is hot
  • Headaches
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Confusion, agitation, grouchiness
  • Body temperature above 104 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Heavy breathing
  • Rapid pulse

Sun Protection

Sunscreen and hats are important for the elderly as the skin can be more easily damaged in our senior years. Regularly applying and reapplying sunscreen can give protection while hats can reinforce that protection for facial skin, which is the most vulnerable to damage. Hats also protect the eyes from damage due to UV rays.

Exercise

It’s important to stay active in elder years, even when the weather is hot. Rather than only exercising indoors or not exercising at all, outdoor activities can be a great way for seniors to spend time with their families and move their bones. Having breathable clothing and protective gear, along with tracking time to ensure seniors are not in the sun for too long, can help keep folks out in the summertime fun while keeping health as a top priority.

Communication

Whether you are talking to them about the hot weather or simply checking in to see how they are feeling, it’s important to keep in touch with the seniors in your life. Seniors should feel they are able to let you know when they will be outdoors for extended periods of time so they are regularly checked on without sacrificing their favorite activities.

Elderly care is important and at Inclinator Elevette, we understand the specific needs of senior citizens. Contact us today to learn more about our home accessibility products.

What is a LULA Elevator and What Are Its Benefits?

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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 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. By answering a few frequently asked questions, you can feel better prepared when making this important investment for your family.

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?

In short, no. 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. Contact us Inclinator Elevette today to learn how our products can help you.

 

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 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!

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.