Being a local service technician means being out in the field and helping people in our communities get a piece of their lives back. Customers warmly welcome us into their homes in anticipation of a problem solved. We see what no one else in the company sees on a daily basis. We’ve met with a young man in his 20’s who relied on his mother to drive him places after a devastating spinal cord injury. But then we had the opportunity to watch as the expression of pure joy formed on the young man’s face while he drove his old truck through the use of hand controls. As service technicians, we witness frustrated caregivers who seem to be one ‘can’t do it’ away from heartbreak. And we meet World War II veterans who will never take help from anyone, much less a stairlift. We were there when one came home from the hospital to find another sign of his ‘fleeting mobility’. But – our team later checked on the veteran only to find him using the stair lift to watch a movie upstairs with his grandchildren for the first time in years.
The feeling of being able to help bring back some sense of normality, confidence, independence or activity into the lives of our community members is thanks enough. Just recently, a customer from South Carolina wrote us after a custom stair lift installation to show her sincere appreciation. In response, we can only say, it was our pleasure to be of assistance:
“Our grandmother was coming to live with me (Tamara) and was in need of total care, she has Alzheimer’s and is in the end stages; it has taken away her ability to stand or walk on her own. In order to come into my home you have to go up a set of stairs. I started a quest to figure out how I was going to make it possible for our grandmother to get upstairs with ease.
I (Tamara) remembered seeing commercials with stair lifts so began my search on the computer. I came across 101 Mobility and Amber and I made the call. From the moment our call was answered, we were treated with the utmost care. David, the gentleman that we were so lucky to have help us, listened to all of our mobility needs, explained all our options and went above and beyond to make sure my family was taken care of. He then came out personally to install our grandmother’s lift and adjusted it perfectly to fit her. To this day he continues to call to make sure all our grandmother’s needs are still being met. 101 Mobility has given our grandmother life again and for that we will be forever grateful.” – Tamara and sister Amber Valletta
According to the United States Census Bureau, there are approximately 22.3 million Americans experiencing difficulty using the stairs while 7.7 million Americans are unable to climb stairs. The stair lifts that are sold, rented, financed and serviced by 101 Mobility can ease difficulties that people with mobility challenges face in going up and down the stairs. 101 Mobility offers top quality stairlift brands (Bruno, Harmar, and Sterling), allowing consumers to choose the right product for their financial and mobility needs.
101 Mobility wants customers to be satisfied with their stair lifts and enjoy their new-found freedom to move up and down the stairs safely. Here are some reviews from 101 Mobility customers about their Stair Lift installations:
Reviews of 101 Mobility Raleigh, NC
‘Hi, just wanted to let you know that we had the chance to use the lift for my brother over the weekend. The lift worked great, we had one before when he lived in Arlington, Va. and this model is a lot more stable and doesn’t vibrate like the old one did.
I just wanted to thank you all so much for being able to respond in a short amount of time to enable us to bring my brother home for the holidays as this will be our first holiday in the new house and we wanted to host our family dinner here.’
Thanks again, Devin
Reviews of 101 Mobility Cleveland, OH
‘Joe and Jeff spent the day with my family while installing Mom’s new chair lift. From the moment they introduced themselves at the front door, til it was time to leave we felt that we put Mom in some very safe hands. They were courteous to her; informative to us; they respected our home and have provided us with peace of mind knowing Mom will be safe. They all provided top of the line customer service. Thank you!’
Reviews of 101 Mobility Columbus, OH
‘Joe and Felix arrived promptly to install the Elan stairlift. They were totally professional and efficient. They explained everything thoroughly concerning contracts, warranties, and the operation of the lift. Felix was actually from our neighborhood and Joe (like us) is a veteran. They were very sociable and are now our friends.’
Thank you and Merry Christmas!
L. and T. Kliemann
Reviews of 101 Mobility Cincinnati-Dayton, OH
Thanks for all of your help. The lift looks great and works flawlessly. Your installers did a terrific job. Those guys really earn their money. Thanks again’
“When Mom first started using the stairlift, it took a while for her to learn to use it independently. I still check on her while she is on it since there are times she is confused about the sequence and may turn the chair facing the steps before ascending when it should remain facing to the side. The beeping sound, although annoying at times, is very helpful in alerting me as to when she has turned the wrong way or when she has completed an ascent. In the beginning, one of the units was overly sensitive with the beeping and also was slightly difficult to turn, but Nate came out and adjusted it and now it is perfect. His skills are amazing. I am very impressed with both the engineering of the design and the exacting installation of both the inside stairlift and outside platform lift. Mom shows it off to every visitor like it’s part of a carnival ride. The height of the seat is also optimal for her in ease of sitting and rising.”
- L. Proctor
If you or a loved one uses a wheelchair or experiences difficulty with steps, there are now a variety of mobility solutions to choose from, including ramps, vertical platform lifts, incline platform lifts and even outdoor stair lifts. These products significantly increase outdoor independence; Yet, many people are unaware of the outdoor accessibility options available.
Gordon Raney, Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) and the owner/operator of 101 Mobility franchises in Tulsa and Dallas, has a few guidelines to help you pick the best product to meet your mobility needs:
Best for? Ramping is the most common way to address accessibility issues within the home. They are perfect for individuals using wheelchairs, scooters, or who simply struggle with stairs. Folding ramps provide a solid threshold over smaller steps or curbs. More substantial modular ramps are suggested for higher landings.
How much ramp will I need? For every inch of vertical rise, a foot of ramp is necessary. The slope of your property will also dictate the amount of ramping needed. If your property is sloped downhill, more ramping will be needed to create a steady incline and vice versa.
How will I maintain it? Aluminum EZ Access Ramps require basically no maintenance; no rust, rot or decay. Aluminum modular ramps can be disassembled, moved, and easily rebuilt should families move or decide to re-sell.
How do I use the incline platform lift? The lift includes a large platform onto which the individual can drive their wheelchair or scooter. The platform then follows the incline of the stairs by a rail installed into the staircase, not the wall.
Do I have the space for it? Incline platform lifts generally work well with larger staircases as enough space for the platform to stop at top and bottom landings is required. Keep in mind that average platform size is 28” x 36” and they fold up when not in use.
Best for? The platforms are large enough for a wheelchair or scooter; similar to the incline lift, vertical platform lifts are great options for people who are unable to independently make transfers from their chair.
How is this different from an incline lift? Vertical Platform Lifts are essentially mini platforms that lift in a vertical fashion as opposed to an incline platform lift which follows the route of the stairs. Vertical platforms lifts are generally used for porches.
When should I choose a vertical platform lift over a wheelchair ramp? Porch lifts take up considerably less space than wheelchair ramps and certain models enable the user to travel up to two stories high. At approximately 30” of vertical rise, a wheelchair ramp would need to be 30 feet long and likely contain 2 landing platforms. At this point, it becomes more cost effective to opt for a porch lift instead of a modular wheelchair ramp.
How does an outdoor stair lift work? Similar to indoor stair lifts, they safely transport a person from ground to porch by following the route of the stair case.
How do I keep it protected from the elements? Outdoor stair lift models have marine-grade vinyl seats and other standard features to withstand weather conditions. Ordering a cover to keep the lift free of any dirt or debris is recommended, especially if you live in an area where it frequently snows and rains.
Still have questions? No problem, find your nearest 101 Mobility location by clicking here. Learn more from Gordon Raney about accessibility enhancing modifications in an upcoming post. Stay tuned!
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Sea Breeze Volunteer Fire Department is now accessible thanks to Miguel of 101 Mobility Rochester!
Last week, Miguel Millan, Franchise Owner of 101 Mobility Rochester donated a stair lift valued at $4,200 to his local Sea Breeze Volunteer Fire Department. His generous gift ended the department’s 10 year financial struggle to purchase a stair lift. 101 Mobility prides itself in operating with integrity and exceeding expectations. Volunteer Firefighter, Mark Champion attests that this custom installation was no different,
“Our volunteer firefighters are aging and a lot of them are senior citizens, one of our former firefighters is a double amputee; we don’t have to carry him or anyone else up the stairs in their wheelchairs anymore! We also raise money for the department by renting out the upstairs reception hall and now we can bring in more groups, there is a lot of excitement within the department. We really appreciate what Miguel has done and his donation has made a huge difference!”
Although Miguel opened his Rochester franchise just eight and a half months ago, when he received a call from the Sea Breeze Volunteer Fire Department’s chief, Miguel simply did the right thing. After working for years as an EMT and firefighter, Miguel explains,
“I know the hardships that they go through and they [emergency responders] are just good people……we at 101 Mobility saw a need and took the opportunity to help by donating and installing a stair lift”.
Across the United States, local 101 Mobility franchisees are available to take your call and work with you to find the perfect solution for you or your family member’s mobility issues. 101 Mobility is the nation’s first full-service provider and installer of personal mobility products such as Stair Lifts, Auto Lifts, Wheelchair Ramps, Vertical Lifts, Porch Lifts, Overhead Lifts, Home Modifications, and Much More. Call 1.888.258.0652 to find your first course in mobility solutions for yourself or a loved one today.
101 Mobility is proud to add another top quality Bruno stairlift to their product line, the new Elan SRE-3000 stairlift. This straight rail stairlift offers homeowners exceptional value for the price. The Elan by Bruno comes loaded with many standard features normally only associated with top-of-the-line models.
With the new Elan SRE-3000 stair lift, you will once again be able to safely use the stairs in your home. Enjoy quality features including:
- Safety sensors that stop the stairlift whenever an obstruction is encountered
- Continuous charge strips along the rail ensure safe use even during power outages
- Height adjustable, offset swivel seat for safe exit at the top of the stairs
- Can be installed to within 5” of the wall
- Can be installed on either side of the stairway
- Fold up armrests, seat, and footrests - Takes up only 12” of space when all are in the fold-up position
- Comes with 2 wireless call/send controls
The Elan stair lift has been specially designed for those homes that have a narrow hallway or entry way area at the bottom of the stairs. The “Flip-Up” folding rail option on the Bruno Elan stairlift enables you to release the bottom portion of the rail and fold it up and out of the way. The locking lever can be released with the push of your foot or walking cane and the light weight rail easily folds up with the assistance of a gas spring leaving the walkway at the bottom of the stairs clear.
At 101 Mobility, we are proud to carry the finest mobility products available today. The Bruno Elan stairlift is sure to become one of our most popular offerings as it allows homeowners the ability to age in place and live independently in the homes they love.
For more information on the Bruno Elan stairlift, please contact the 101 Mobility location nearest you.
At 101 Mobility, we understand that sometimes you have a temporary need for mobility equipment. There may be a time when a wheelchair bound loved one or friend is coming to stay and you need a ramp to provide them easy access to your home. Or possibly you or a family member is having surgery and will require a chairlift for several weeks during rehabilitation. Whatever the reason you require temporary mobility equipment, 101 Mobility is here to meet all your needs.
We offer a wide range of affordable rental mobility equipment. Our rental programs include:
- Ramps. For your short term ramp needs, our modular ramps provide the solution you have been searching for. The rental package for ramps includes set up, removal and any cleanup needed during these two events. We can install ramps in both residential and commercial settings. With our modular ramp rentals there is no permanent impact to the property. These ramps are ideal for your short term rental needs.
- Chairlifts. If you have someone in your home that needs assistance with temporary access to the second floor, a chairlift rental will meet your needs. Chairlifts can be installed in both residential and commercial settings. All chairlifts are installed by our trained, certified installers ensuring that your stairlift is safe for use. If your need ends up being long term, ask us how your rental can be turned into a purchase.
- Vertical Lifts. If you need to provide access to decks, porches or stairways, our vertical lift rental program is ideal for your short term need. Our vertical lift rental program offers the safe, easy and affordable access you need. Our vertical lifts provide access for wheelchairs, scooters and powerchairs. They can be installed in both residential and commercial locations and in both exterior and interior settings. All vertical lift rentals are installed by our trained, professional installers.
If you are interested in learning more about any of our rental programs, please contact your local 101 Mobility location.
Among adults age 65 and older, falls are the leading cause of injury death and the most common cause of nonfatal injuries. According to the Center for Disease Control, one in three adults age 65 and older falls each year. With so many older adults falling, fall prevent should top the list of safety and health concerns for those aging in place and their families.
What are some of the ways we can prevent falls in the home and promote mobility and independence?
An easy way to prevent falls is to increase leg strength and balance through regular exercise. Many older adults enjoy Tai Chi because it promotes both of these concepts through a low impact exercise routine. However, simply enjoying a regular walk around your neighborhood is good exercise and a great way to stay fit. Staying active can go a long way toward preventing falls.
Be sure to ask your doctor or pharmacist to look at all the prescriptions you are taking to ensure there are no reactions between your medications. Many medications can cause dizziness and when medications interact, dizziness can be enhanced. If you are feeling dizzy, please take care and speak with your physician immediately.
Don’t forget the importance of regular vision checkups. Getting your eyes checked and keeping your eyeglasses up to date is an important step in keeping falls to a minimum.
Another important way to prevent falls is to install safety equipment in your home. Safety equipment from 101 Mobility helps to maintain your stability. With the help of 101 Mobility, you can install features such as chairlifts/stairlifts and bath safety products to prevent falls in the home. Our complete line of stairlifts offers you a wide variety of options so you can choose just the right chairlift for your home. From straight line chairlifts to curved rail stairlifts, our experienced professionals can help you find the right stairlift for your home so you can be safe getting up and down the stairs each and every day.
We also offer a complete line of bath safety products. Falls in the bathroom are very common. Don’t let slipping in the bathroom become a concern for you. With the help of 101 Mobility, we can install bathtub doors, grab bars and a variety of other bath safety items for you.
At 101 Mobility, we understand that the loss of mobility and the ability to easily climb the stairs of your home can come as a shock. It can seem like once easy chores, like carrying the laundry up the stairs, can suddenly become difficult and even dangerous. If you hate to admit that you are wary of climbing the stairs, it might be time to consider installing a stairlift in your home. Before you disrupt your daily routine, give up the home that you love so much, and you move to an apartment or ranch home, consider the possibilities that come with installing a stairlift.
Stairlifts generally come in two styles: straight rail or curved rail. We carry both styles at 101 Mobility. Straight rail stairlifts are designed for stairs that do not turn or curve before they reach the second floor. We can often install a straight rail stairlift within 24 hours for your convenience. Curved rail stairlifts are designed for stairways that have a landing or curve that must be maneuvered on the way to the second floor. We can custom design a curved rail stairlift to meet the specific needs of your stairway.
When you begin shopping for a stairlift for your home, there are many important factors to consider. We offer you this check list to help you choose the stairlift that is best for your home and your needs.
- Choose a stairlift company that is local and can provide the prompt, professional service you need.
- Choose a stairlift company that has a reputation for excellent service and superior products.
- For your peace of mind always work with a company that has expert installers. We always recommend having a professional install your stairlift. They are complicated machines and should not be installed by anyone without factory training. 101 Mobility installers are factory trained and certified so you can be confident that your stairlift will be installed properly and safely.
- Make sure you get all the options that will make your stairlift the best fit for your needs. Consider how far away from the wall the rail will be mounted. Will you want a fold up seat, arm rests, foot rests, or a swivel seat? All of these options are valuable and make every day use of your stairlift more comfortable.
- Ask for testimonials from other customers.
- Have a list of concerns and questions ready when your sales consultant comes for your appointment. Knowing what concerns you want to have addressed will make the initial appointment easier and will help to ensure you get all your questions answered. Consider asking a friend or relative to join you for the appointment if you are unsure what questions to ask.
- Get a written quote for the cost of the stairlift and the cost of installation.
We know that staying in your home for as long as possible is your ultimate goal. At 101 Mobility, we want to help you reach your goal. Please call us for a free, no obligation appointment. Let us show you how our stairlifts can help you maintain your freedom and stay in your home.
Call 101 Mobility at (888) 258-0652.
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