Mobility123 Is A Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist
[jbox title=”What is Aging In Place?”]According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), aging in place means remaining in one’s home safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level. It means the pleasure of living in a familiar environment throughout one’s maturing years, and the ability to enjoy the familiar daily rituals and the special events that enrich all our lives. It means the reassurance of being able to call a house a “home” for a lifetime.[/jbox]
Ensuring Quality of Life for Seniors
Age robs people of strength and skill, which for many of those past the age of retirement is a great source of discomfort and unhappiness. Age also robs people of confidence especially if they have to adjust to new environments such as retirement homes or be dependent on caregivers or close kin.
Although most do not want to regard age-related changes as forms of disabilities, the physical problems that the elderly develop over time can be equally crippling. Everyone ages differently but two common changes are the slight impairment of hearing and sight, which worsen over the years. The elderly also experience memory loss, which may even come in the form of a serious illness such as Alzheimer’s Disease. Loss of muscle or bone strength combined with poor coordination can likewise compromise their mobility, agility and flexibility. These gradually progressing impairments and accompanying medical conditions make simple tasks like climbing a flight of stairs, boarding a vehicle or using the bathroom more strenuous and dangerous.
Falls alone have endangered one third of those over the age of 65. Often resulting to hospitalization and injury, people who have already experienced similar accidents have even been found to be more prone to similar injuries. They are likely to fall two or three times more. This type of accident accounts for 65% of the injuries among seniors.
Taking into consideration these difficulties, it is clear that quality of life of many Americans can significantly decrease over time. Moving around without help is so much harder and what used to be ordinary and daily activities become health and safety risks. The changing financial landscape has likewise spread family members apart and lack of local resources have impacted seniors’ lives ushering in a new movement towards aging in place. This is where assistive technology for the elderly comes in.
Providing Assistive Technology
Compassion for the disabled and innovative technology have come together to give rise to what is called assistive technology. This term refers to any equipment or service designed to enable the disabled to perform tasks easily and safely.
By definition, assistive technology encompasses commonplace items such as eye glasses and hearing aids. But today, a multitude of smarter, more high-technology gadgets are being introduced to the market. Mobility scooters and stair lifters, new solutions for those who find moving around a daily struggle, are good examples. Even the classic wheelchair has come a long way in terms of technological improvement.
Assistive technology caters to the physically and mentally disabled but it is also developed with the needs of the elderly in mind. Why? Because the staggering statistics is making a good case for the aging adults. The number of senior citizens is pegged at 39.6 million in 2009, a figure that is projected to go up to 72.1 million by 2030. Indeed the demand for assistive equipment and service is high but thankfully, technology is catching up with the increasing need and so is legislation.
Improving Access to Assistive Technology for Individuals with Disabilities Act of was first signed into law in 1988 and revised again in October 2004 by former president George Bush. Its most recent version was authored in 2010. Often called the Tech Act, the primary goal of this piece of legislation is to guarantee that major source of funding is continually channeled to the development and promotion of assistive technology. Under the act, U.S. states receive funding through the Assistive Technology Act Project (ATAP), which is aimed at giving persons with disabilities, as well as their families, service providers and other agencies greater access to better products and services.
With the help of legislation, persons with disabilities are not only supported and safeguarded, they are also given an opportunity to participate in economic, educational and community activities on a level playing field with other members of society.
Considering the number of senior citizens with age-related difficulties— 20% of the U.S. population— it would be beneficial for the elderly, their caregivers and society as a whole to channel support for seniors through the the Tech Act and ATAP. The elderly and their primary guardians are in dire need of services and products in relation to home remodeling, accessibility, and at-home medical care. They have to be provided better solutions for problems like transportation, meal preparation, residence maintenance, aging in place education and more.
Smarter and more accessible assistive technology can truly change the lives of the elderly by enabling them live in the comfort and privacy of their home – independent and safe. Ultimately, assistive technology makes the weak feel stronger again. More self-sufficient, they can continue living a full and rewarding life.
It is for this reason that Mobility123 aims to expand and improve its products and services. Committed to providing seniors with the smartest innovations and the best service, Mobility123 looks to the future with a vision that more seniors can enjoy access to top quality assistive technology.
Licensed, insured, and bonded, we are a family-owned supplier of mobility and access solutions.
Our background in the medical equipment field lends insight into how we serve those who are suffering from age-related conditions. As it is, we already have a good range of equipment including stair, vehicle and platform lifts; portable, vehicle and custom ramps; and bathroom improvements/accessories to prevent slipping and falling in the bathroom. Our staff members are factory-trained and certified installers for all of the products we sell, service, and repair.
Our online store offers top quality wheelchairs, mobility scooters and walking aids to help the seniors, individuals with disabilities, and caretakers overcome difficulties in moving around for chores, work or leisure. These products, which are either for sale or for rent, can be accessed through our website at mobility123.com/store or through our toll free number 1-800-485-7789. Moreover, we are currently investing in upgrades to our website and online store to provide our customers with useful information such as reviews, blogs, medicare and financing information. We realize the value of giving our clients an informed choice on top of ease of purchase and product accessibility.
Building trust and confidence among our clients is also a foremost consideration. We purchase our products from well-known and reliable manufacturers like Harmar, ACORN, Pride Mobility, Medline, Invacare, Drive Medical and many others.
Apart from supplying assistive products and technologies, we are also a Licensed Home Improvement Contractor specializing in homes for seniors and individuals with disabilities. Being listed in The Division of Consumer Affairs & The Department of Law and Public Safety means consumer protection is guaranteed when enlisting Mobility123’s services
We have continually made efforts to enhance our services. In fact, we are a Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist (CAPS) under the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). NAHB is a trade association that promotes policies and activities that make housing a national priority. Not only that, NAHB provides certification to those who can meet its rigid standards and even hosts recognition events like the “Homes for Life Award,” to give its Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist an added push as the concept of aging in place grows.
Likewise, we are endorsed by Age In Place Professionals, a network of businesses focused on seniors’ special needs. The greatest benefit from the networks built by Age In Place Professionals is to create a platform where similar businesses can share ideas on “what works” and keep themselves abreast with the latest developments and known best practices.
Mobility123 likes to think of ourselves as being in the business of enriching the lives of Americans past their prime and in their most challenging years.