At almost 80 years old, the Richardsons enjoyed their active, mobile lifestyle in Alabama. They enjoyed spending time together, as well as with their adult children, with little if any physical limitations. That all changed when Nancy had an accident. After recovering from her injuries, she was left with a permanent back injury, resulting in limited mobility and significant pain. In the wake of her accident, she lost the ability to easily go up and down the staircase in their home. She could still move, but could not walk upstairs. She resorted to an excruciating crawl on her hands and knees up the staircase to her second story bedroom. Once upstairs, she was essentially stranded as the effort and time it took to get back down the staircase and up again would leave her exhausted and in unbearable pain. She would remain isolated in her bedroom except for when her husband would come up to bring her meals and other items. She was unable to accompany him downstairs, let alone out of their home.
The Richardsons recognized the urgent need for an alternative and began their search for a stairlift. Because of the unique curvature of their staircase, they required a custom made stairlift. While the price of these devices can be high, it was far less than the costs of moving into a new home or assisted living facility – both monetary and emotional. Between the cost of a moving service, costs associated with purchasing and decorating a new home and, the mental strain caused by leaving their beloved home and neighborhood, they determined that moving was not a worthwhile option.
The Richardsons looked into Long Term Care Insurance to help offset the cost of the stair lift. It is important to choose a certified and reliable company when making a purchase as large and important as a custom stair lift. For instance, 101 Mobility of Alabama is part of a reputable franchise network with locations across the country. They offer stair lifts from top manufacturers, including the American-made and reputable Bruno and Harmar. Upon deciding to purchase a Bruno stairlift from 101 Mobility, a 101 Mobility and Bruno-certified Product Specialists went to the Richardson’s’ home to take photographs of their staircase with a special 3-D camera. The photographs and measurements were sent to the manufacturer, who built the custom unit. After a few weeks, the unit was ready for installation and 101 Mobility’s Product Specialists assembled and installed the unit, ensuring that the Richardson’s were comfortable and confident using it. Ms. Richardson has had her Bruno Elite Curved Stairlift for over a month, and has seen great improvement in her daily life. According to her husband, she “zips down the curve and can come into the family room” where they enjoy the simple things once again, like watching a movie together – “she’s mobile, and it’s really changed her life.”
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