home modification: home levels

Ugh. Stairs.
The enemy of myositis patients everywhere. But don’t despair! There are a lot of options for dealing with this menace.

Let’s start with chair lifts.

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There are tons of styles, configurations, and price points for chair lifts on the internet. You can even find them on Craigslist and in the classifieds.

Warning! Warning! Danger, Will Robinson! A chair lift is actually something I would recommend buying new or at least used from a reputable company that will install. Usually I am all about frugal medical supplies, but there are so many models and specifications that I say don’t risk buying a unit from a personal ad. There are simply too many things that could go wrong (missing parts, heavy lifting, wrong dimensions, etc). Colorado company, Accessible Systems, presented a lot of options for chair lifts at our April 2013 meeting. Click here for their newsletter featuring their stair modifications and chair lifts.

Another note: Accessible Systems does allow equipment rental with the price of the rental applied toward purchase. They also offer removal of equipment, and will “buy back” used equipment within reasonable terms (a GREAT benefit to family wondering what to do with leftover equipment).

Want to trump the chair lift? What about installing a home elevator!

I have to say, I was most impressed by this modification. I would LOVE to have an elevator in our house! It would make me feel like I lived in a hotel or a movie star’s home. Very fancy shmancy!!! There are quite a few examples of home elevators, but I liked this one in L.A. because it showed the construction process. The company is Accessible Construction, click here for the full remodel. Next floor: Fabulous!

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