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You Don’t Have to Struggle with Stairs: Independent Mobility has the Solution for You

By Nancy Kennedy


“Having a stair glide installed changed my life. I used to dread having to go up and down the stairs, because it made me so tired. I was afraid that I might have to move and I didn’t want to do that; this has been my home for 40 years. Why did I wait so long?” - Virginia, age 84

“I wish we had done it sooner! The chair lift has made life much easier for my parents. They not only use it to go up and down the stairs, but also to transport heavy items like the laundry basket. The lift has been a life-saver and has enabled Mom and Dad to stay at home rather than move to assisted living. It’s the best decision we ever made.”

– Lauren, daughter of aging parents

The above quotes are the testimony of highly satisfied customers of Independent Mobility, LLC. a family owned and operated company that has been a leading provider of chair lifts and elevators throughout the region for 32 years. Independent Mobility’s services enable people to remain in their homes when stairs have become an obstacle or safety hazard. According to owner Sylvester Lapinski, “Stair glides can keep you in your home instead of a facility, and that’s what people want. No one should have to give up their home because of difficulty navigating the stairs. A chair glide is the solution and we can install exactly the right one for your needs. We love what we do because our services improve people’s lives.”

For older adults, being able to “age-in-place” in their own homes versus moving to a facility can often be a matter of a single factor. All too often, that factor is a mobility issue such as being able to climb stairs. Falling on the stairs can lead to serious injuries including fractures or head injuries, and may lead to an emergency hospital admission and disability. Fortunately, modifications can be made to adapt the home to the person’s needs, helping them maintain independence, health and safety.

With decades of experience, Mr. Lapinski and his team of technicians can skillfully and efficiently install a stair glide in even the most challenging settings. “We do complex lifts that other companies shy away from,” he explains. “People call us when they have tried another company and failed to get a good result. We’re the problem solvers. In western Pennsylvania, many homes have steep stairs or even multiple sets of stairs, and single story ranch homes are hard to find. A chair lift solves the problem."

Independent Mobility clearly has staying power, and as the senior population in this region surges, they are in greater demand than ever. “More and more people are choosing to do this,” Mr. Lapinski explains. “They hear about us through word-of-mouth, from a neighbor or a friend, and they realize it will benefit them to have one in their home.” Independent Mobility also installs elevators and has placed them in over 75 churches throughout western Pennsylvania.

Some people choose to have a lift between the first and second floors, while others have one installed on the basement stairs. “It’s a very individualized thing. There’s no ‘one size fits all’ in this,” Mr. Lapinski says. The process is streamlined. Simply call to make an appointment; a team will come to your home to evaluate the stairs and take measurements. The lift will then be installed within three days. The only exception is when there is a curved staircase, with a landing – that may take a bit longer. Chair lifts can be rented for short term use, such as a post-operative recovery period, or for when an older relative is visiting. Gently used lifts are available at discounted prices and are thoroughly evaluated for safety. IM has “Try It before You Buy It” guarantee, meaning that they will install your chairlift for a trial. If you don’t like it, they will remove the device, at no charge.

The benefits are tremendous. A chairlift facilitates the activities of daily living, reduces wear and tear on joints, makes post-operative recovery easier, reduces the need for household help, and greatly enhances personal safety. Don’t wait until you have fallen to consider a chair lift!

To contact Independent Mobility, call (412) 449-0013 or visit www.chairs4stairs.com.



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