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June 27, 2016

Need Affordable Home Accessibility? Let’s ask Mark

Six simple suggestions on affordable home accessibility from blogger Mark E. Smith.

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Dear Mark,

Unfortunately, it’s been determined that my mother can no longer live alone and must use a wheelchair full time. My wife and are moving her into our home on very short notice, and don’t have a lot of means to make our home accessible. One, what are the top aspects and equipment we should look at to make our home accessible. Two, how can it be done very economically? Thanks for your help. –Jim

Jim,

I’m sorry to hear about your mother, and it’s touching that you and your wife are there in this time of need. These transitions aren’t easy for anyone. However, as you suggest, having the right level of accessibility in vital areas of your home can make activities of daily living safer and easier for everyone in your family. And, with so many affordable products, you don’t have to break the bank in doing so.

Access

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Portable ramps come in many sizes

I like to start at the front door. Typically, if a home has three steps or less at the entry, a portable ramp  is a very economical access solution. Portable ramps commonly come in lengths from 2’ to 8’ (the higher the porch or entry, the longer the ramp needed), and are easily moved or permanently installed. The non-skid coatings and side lips on portable ramps likewise increase safety. Portable ramps also give you flexibility to take the ramp to a relative’s house or wherever access is needed. Lastly, portable ramps are extremely affordable, so they serve as a great immediate, inexpensive access solution.

Bath Safety Products

The bathroom can possess among the most difficulties for those with strength, balance, and coordination issues, so ensuring safety is vital. Whether you have a bathtub or a shower, a transfer bench is a must. A transfer bench – most of which are height adjustable – allows one to transfer from a wheelchair to a stable, seated surface in a tub or shower. Most transfer benches include a backrest and grab bar for even more safety. When not needed by other family members, the transfer bench is easily removed and set aside. Again, transfer benches are extremely inexpensive.

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Transfer Bench

 

Also, while considering bathing, look at installing a hand-held shower nozzle – it’s a very easy, inexpensive do-it-yourself project that increases safety and independence.

The commode is another area of utmost safety and independence needs. If one can transfer to a standard toilet seat, a toilet safety frame (arm-height grab bars that are on each side of the toilet), is a great solution. Additionally, if one needs a taller transfer surface, a raised toilet seat  is beneficial, placing the toilet seat at wheelchair height, with some including side grab bars, as well. Both alternatives clamp or bolt onto the commode, at very little cost for added safety.

From the bathtub to the commode, additional grab bars can prove vital when strategically placed. While, traditional bolt-on, wall-mounted grab bars prove the ultimate in strength, several other non-permanent grab bar solutions can prove equally effective. For the bathtub, clamp-on grab bars attach to the outer edge, adding a handhold for entering and exiting. For shower interiors or on the wall next to the commode, suction cup grab bars are an immediate solution with no mechanical installation required.

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Suction Cup Grab Bar

Convenient, Affordable Home Accessibility

When we think of home accessibility for a loved one, it can seem like a daunting, costly endeavor. However, as noted here, if one’s needs are for fundamental home access and safety, a few strategic products can create an accessible, safer home that fosters independence, for less money than one may expect.

 

 

March 5, 2016

Big Picture 2016 – Thank You.

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SpinLife would like to thank our vendors for your attendance at this year’s Big Picture expo & event, and for your continued support in 2016.

We look forward to an even bigger, better event next year! Stay tuned for dates & more info.

 

Thanks again to everyone for a great Big Picture 2016 and see you soon!

March 4, 2016

Big Picture Wrap-Up

What a great week! Whew! It was busy and crazy, but our annual Big Picture event was amazing.

The spirit and excitement in the air was contagious and I couldn’t have asked for a better group of people with whom to spend so much time. Our team really is some of the best people I know. Yes, they are all trained professionals and colleagues, but they’re also people that anyone would want as a friend.

Our entire team met up at our home office for training and sharing. Our Product Specialists had time to share with each other experiences and advice. They also had time to share with our home office team their suggestions for improvements. The team brought so many ideas and we’re really excited to implement some great new tools that I know our customers will love. Our Web Application team will be very busy!

ichael and the new Afikim SE

Michael and the new Afikim SE

Product Specialists Meeting

Product Specialists Meeting

After three days of internal gatherings we welcomed our manufacturers on Saturday morning. All our favorite brands came, including Pride, Golden, Joerns, Roho, TiLite, Hill-Rom, Afikim and many more. They brought their newest products, as well as some bestselling favorites. Our Product Specialists got hands-on time to experience all the scooters, lifts and wheelchairs. They had great questions for each of the brands and really learned what makes each product unique and how they can help individuals choose the right product for their needs.

We even got sneak-peeks at new scooters, power chairs and lift chairs that haven’t even been introduced yet!  (more to come!)

While our Specialists were experiencing the products, our Service & Parts team was busy taking everything apart. It was really fun to see our Service team dismantle scooters and lift chair motors all over the place. They really do want to understand exactly how everything works so they in turn can help our customers.

It was a busy and fun weekend. SpinLife is the only HME retailer who does this and it keeps getting better every year.

Everyone left more energized and excited for the busy spring and summer months to come.

Thanks to everyone for a great weekend and see you soon!

February 24, 2016

Looking Forward to Big Picture 2016

Happy Wednesday everyone! I’m taking a moment to breathe and share a preview of our Annual Big Picture event. Every year SpinLife hosts a unique weekend when our Product Experts and our great partner brands all convene at our home offices for 5 days of crazy, wonderful SpinLife magic. We’re the only online retailer who actually invites their manufacturers to physically come to our offices and show off their latest and greatest products and do training with our teams.

Our Big Picture events start today with internal roundtables between our departments. This is a great time for our Product Experts to share with the Marketing, Merchandising, and WebApp teams what they’re hearing on the phones. This helps them choose better products to list on the website, and make site changes to help our team and inform our customers. Our departments talk to each other every day, all year. But this is really a great time to discuss the “big picture”.

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February 7, 2016

Welcome To Our New Blog!

We are delighted to announce the launch of our new blog – SpinLiving.

SpinLife is known for being the #1 online retailer for mobility products, but we also have great advice and helpful tools to help people find the right products for their needs.

We launched SpinLife University several months ago—an online resource center for mobility information. We have over 100 articles there, such as “How to Choose between a Manual or Power Wheelchair” and “The Difference Between 3 & 4-Wheeled Scooters.” We are always continuing to update SpinLife University with useful information about how to choose mobility products, as well as maintenance information and other advice.

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