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!

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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!

March 2, 2016

Love your home, hate those steps?

A Stair lift is a wonderful solution for people with mobility issues who have trouble with steps. Stair lifts are designed to carry you up and down the stairs in a safe seated position, giving easy access to the second story or basement level of your home.

A stair lift can help keep your independence and more importantly allow you to stay in your home if  stairs become an obstacle. It is good to plan ahead and get a stair lift in place before getting up and down the stairs gets too difficult. Many serious injuries are caused each year by people falling down the steps, when a stair lift may have prevented the accident. The cost of a stair lift is far less expensive than moving or having a serious injury!

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Vantage Stairlift

The basic types of stair lifts that are sold today are:

straight or curved  / indoor or outdoor  / standard duty or  heavy duty  / battery powered or AC powered

Lets review each type individually. A straight stair lift is one that travels in a straight line up a flight of stairs uninterrupted by landings, bends or curves, and typically costs between $2000 and $5,000. Straight stair lifts can be installed by the home-owner or a contractor, but it is recommended that a professional stair lift contractor do the install, and some states require permits or licensed installers.

Curved stair lifts are much more elaborate and will go around corners, bends across landings and changes in direction. Curved lifts are also much more expensive typically running between $10,000 and $15,000 or more depending on the complexity of the installation. Curved stair lifts are complicated and precise installations and would have to be measured and installed by a professional.

Outdoor stair lifts can be straight or curved. Outdoor stair lifts are weatherproof and can be installed in any environment.

Heavy duty stair lifts can have weight capacities of up to 500 lbs, and heavy duty stair lifts are typically only for straight stairs only. The heavy duty models come with wider seats and heavier duty components.

You also have the option of choosing between an electric (AC) and a battery powered (DC) stair lift. Battery powered units charge automatically when they are not in use. They are quieter and smoother than electric lifts, and will work even if there’s a power failure in the home.

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Harmar Straight Stair Lift

Stair lifts mount to the stairs, not to the wall, so they are very sturdy and can be installed in or outside almost any home or building, on wooden or cement stairs. Most stair lifts available today have folding seats, armrests and footplates that fold up out of the way to allow more room in the staircase and swivel seats that make getting on and off the lift easier. They also come with standard safety features like seatbelts, braking systems and footrest sensors that will stop the stairlift if there is an obstruction on the steps like clothing, a small pet, or if your foot would happen to slip off the footrest, the footrest safety would stop the lift. Push-button or rocker-switch controls are located on the armrest for easy operation, and “call / send” remote controls allow you to call or send the unit to the other end of the stairs.

Check out our selection of Stair lifts today!

February 26, 2016

Top 10 Movies about Aging

Have you had just about enough of action thrillers, space epics and teen-age love?  Me too.  That’s why I set out to make a list of my first movies starring….mature people.

In honor of the Academy Awards,  I have chosen my 10 favorites.  In fact, I was surprised how many good movies I found that celebrate aging. Chances are, there are others that deserve a top slot. But these are the ones I settled on.

  1. Driving Miss Daisy (1989). An old Jewish woman her black chauffeur in the American South have a relationship that grows and improves over the years.   Jessica Tandy and Morgan Freeman in a classic that covers topics of bigotry, racism, age and independence.

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2. The Bucket List (2007) Two terminally ill men escape from a cancer ward and head off on a road trip. Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman.  Mmmmm…Morgan’s name comes up a lot in this list.

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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 24, 2016

Product Spotlight: Pride Infinite Position Lift Chairs

Our customers frequently ask for guidance when it comes to purchasing a lift chair, particularly….

“What in the world does infinite position mean and why do I need that?!”

 

First, let me explain what it means. Infinite position chairs are electrically controlled with a wired remote hand control that lifts and reclines them with no effort on your part, save for the pushing of a button. What sets Infinite Position Chairs apart from 2 or 3 position lift chairs is the fact that they have two separate motors that individually control the backrest from the seat and footrest portion of the chair. The hand control has additional buttons allowing you to change the angle of the backrest up and down, and independently change the position of the seat and footrest using different buttons on the hand control. This can be really helpful in mitigating a number of physical issues, and allow for you maximum comfort when relaxing since you can really “fine-tune” the position of your chair.

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