Grants For Mobility Bathrooms

Are you seeking help regarding obtaining grants for mobility bathrooms? If so, the team at Irish Stairlifts may be able to assist. As a business, we are one of Ireland’s highest-rated suppliers for disability and mobility aid products thanks to our vast product range from known and reputable brands. That being said, one of our main services is centred around carrying out adaptations within your home that are centred around making life easier and more accessible for those with disabilities.

Here at Irish Stairlifts, we recognise that not everyone can afford specific home adaptations that they require due to financial difficulties, which is where one of our grants for mobility bathrooms can assist. We work closely with the Disabled Persons Grant Scheme so that we can create the application as simple as possible so that those who urgently require financial assistance can obtain the funds they need. To apply you need to fall within a range of particular parameters including household income so that you are not receiving funds that you don’t deserve.

If accepted for one of the grants for mobility bathrooms, then you could be entitled up to €6,000, which should cover up to 95% of the costs of works. That being said, there are also limitations with the types of work that are allowed under the scheme, though the main work includes the provision of access ramps, stairlifts, downstairs toilet facilities, accessible showers and required extensions. Before you apply, it may be worth getting in contact with our team in order to discuss the intended works so that we can be certain your application will be accepted first-time.

Customers will also be pleased to hear that we specialise in home mobility adaptations, where we have multiple solutions for bathrooms possible. Just a few of the most notable adaptations include wetrooms, level tray enclosures and level access showers, ideal for those that have difficulties with slippery surfaces. If you are interested in viewing some of these products in person, then we recommend visiting our showroom where you can also meet and speak to our team about your own requirements.

If you have any questions about our grants for mobility bathrooms, please give Irish Stairlifts a call today on 1850 88 5000. Our customer service team will be more than happy to confer about your specific requirements, where we can provide additional information where applicable. Alternatively, we are also available via email at showroom@irishstairlifts.ie, where they can expect a reply within a single working day.

Wheelchair Access Lift

Have you been looking to have a wheelchair access lift installed in your property or building? Welcome to Irish Stairlifts, one of Ireland’s premier companies offering a range of top quality disability access products for budget friendly prices. We believe that everyone deserves to have independence, especially in their own home which is why we offer some of the very best stairlifts on the market. Why not ask a member of our team for a free, no obligation quotation?

Here at Irish Stairlifts, we have over 20 years of experience in the disability access market and know exactly what our customers want from a premium company like us. When stocking our store, we focus on product variety and you are guaranteed to find a product that suits your budget, needs and style. Not only can we provide you with a high quality wheelchair access lift, but we offer other products too including shower rooms, wetrooms, level tay enclosures, through floor home lifts, ramps, mobility scooters, wheelchairs, power wheelchairs, walk in baths, and much more. Head over to our website for more information on our products.

If you are looking to purchase and install a wheelchair access lift in your home, you will be pleased to know that we have several to choose from. All of our lifts are made using top of the range materials and are designed to be easy to function, cost-effective and convenient for the elderly and handicapped to use. All of our access lifts are vertical and have both external and internal access. Our lifts come with a built in suspension and back up systems in the case of an emergency or electrical fault. If you would like to place an order for one, one of our experienced sales advisors will be more than happy to guide you throughout the entire process from start to finish.

To enquire with a member of our excellent customer service team about purchasing and installing a wheelchair access lift in the home, please do not hesitate to give us a call today on 1850 88 5000. We are always on had to take your call and will be more than happy to help with any questions or queries you may have regarding our products. Alternatively, send us an email with contact details and query to showroom@irishstairlifts.ie and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Stairlifts in Dublin

Are you finding it hard to get up the stairs in your home? Are you looking for the best stairlifts in Dublin? If the answer is yes, then the Irish Stairlifts website is where you need to be. We are one of Ireland’s leading providers of first class disability products, and we have been established since 1999. We have a wealth of experience in the disability access market and our main aim as a business is to make independence around your home accessible for everyone. Our staff are specially trained to guide you from the very first phone call through to the completion; so why not get in touch with a member of our excellent team today?

Here at Irish Stairlifts, we are passionate about our work and this is reflected in the level of work we carry out. When providing people with first class stairlifts in Dublin, we offer an initial consultation where we will visit your home to determine which stairlift is most suited to your needs based on the shape of your property. During this time we will offer informative advice and can provide you with a free, no obligation quote for all works.

All of our stairlifts in Dublin are quiet, dependable, stylish and reliable. Each one comes with several features which will vary depending on your individual needs, space and budget. With nearly 20 years experience in the trade, we can provide you with a fully comprehensive service which will leave you 100% satisfied with the results. If you would like to take a look at our range of stairlifts in Dublin, please head to the stairlifts page on our website.

To enquire with Irish Stairlifts about our stairlifts in Dublin, please give a member of our excellent team a call today on 1850 88 5000. If you would prefer to write to us, send us an email to showroom@irishstairlifts.ie and we will get back to you as soon as we possibly can.

Ramps Meath

Have you been looking for a company that can supply and install ramps in Meath? Welcome to Irish Stairlifts, a leading company based in Ireland specialising in mobility products. We have been established for many years and have provided our products to hundreds of people across the whole of the country. Whether you own a house or just need a ramp installed at a public establishment, we will be more than happy to help.

 

If you need a company that specialises in disability access ramps in Meath, we have a team of experts who are able to help with all stages from the initial consultation through to the completion of the project. We are passionate about providing our customers with a first class service, which is why we only use top of the range products and the finest quality materials when working at your property or establishment. Before carrying out any work, we will make sure to protect all floors and furniture and will ensure that you are fully satisfied before leaving.

 

If you are looking to install disability ramps in Meath, we will offer you an initial consultation to discuss any needs and wants you may have. During this time we will take the needed measurements and take note of the materials we will need. Once we have come up with a basic plan, you will be given the option to add handrails if needed, and we will arrange a suitable time and date to build the ramp. For more information on our services, please head over to our website today.

 

To enquire about our ramps in Meath, get in touch with a member of our team today. Give us a call on 1850 818 500. Alternatively, send us an email to showroom@irishstairlifts.ie with your contact details and query, and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Wheelchair Lift

Have you been looking to buy a wheelchair lift? Welcome to Irish Stairlifts, one of Ireland’s leading suppliers of stairlifts and other mobility products. We have been established since 1999 and are renowned for our vast knowledge in the disability access market. Whether you have a cottage, 4 bedroom house, or need a wheelchair lift for an office, we are able to tailor our services to meet all of your specific needs and wants. Just get in touch with us for a free, no obligation quotation.

Here at Irish Stairlifts, we are passionate about providing all of our customers with a first class service that they will be fully satisfied with. From the initial consultation through to the aftercare stages, our experts are always on hand to help with any queries or questions you may have and will be able to guide you through the entire installation. Before carrying out any work we will ensure that there is a safe place to put the wheelchair lift, and that you are satisfied with the make and model.

If you have been looking to buy a wheelchair lift for your home or establishment, we can provide you with a wide range to choose from. Our most popular lift is the Wessex Wheelchair Thru Floor Lift. Its advanced design offers more benefits than any other lift and is available in six different models to suit a better range of applications. The lift includes free standing tracks, multi-handed doors and controls, safety edges, sensors, timer controlled lights, and emergency backup systems. For more on our wheelchair lifts, get in touch with a member of our team today.

To enquire about our wheelchair lift, please do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of our team today. Give us a call on 1850 88 5000 or send us a message by filling out the contact form on our website, and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Altura Gold Home Lift!

Altura Gold is a new luxurious platform lift. Premium features are included as standard across the Altura range, leaving you free to select the type and size of lift that best meets your needs.

The Altura Gold is an open-sided platform, driven by a compact screw and nut mechanism, and fully contained within its own lightweight shaft. The lift is designed to be installed into small spaces without compromising on comfort or ease of access. The Altura Gold has a clean and simple design, highlighted with elegant details, making it an attractive addition to any building.

Smooth and Comfortable

A soft start and soft stop device is fitted as standard, giving a smooth and comfortable ride every time. The lifting screw is fitted with an automatic lubrication device, keeping the lift running smoothly and helping to keep your equipment in top condition.

New Control Panel

The Altura control panel has been designed to look good while being clear and easy to use. The sleek and stylish panel is backlit, with a high-quality colour display that shows the location of the lift and gives system status information.

Your Choice

Altura Gold lifts are available in two different configurations. The lift can be customised to match your surroundings with a choice of colours and finishings for the console wall, shaft and doors, including glass panels for the shaft and door.

Safe and Secure

Advanced safety features are included as standard on the Altura Gold. In case of a power-cut, the lift can be safely lowered using a battery operated emergency lowering system. This system also includes a battery guard that monitors the battery status and ensures that there is always enough charge to operate the lift in an emergency.

A handrail is included as standard, and for installations in public buildings, a range of security options are available to prevent unauthorised use.

Easy Installation and Maintenance

We’ve designed the Altura Gold to be easy to install and maintain. The lift is supplied with a metal shaft for installation against a load-bearing wall and can normally be installed in just a few days, with minimal construction work. The control panel displays diagnostic codes so that the user can provide useful information to the engineer in advance of a maintenance visit, and the service panel is easy to access. Where possible, standard components are used across the Altura lift family, making things simple for our re seller partners.

We also have Altura Gold Pro & Altura Diamond!

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The History of Riser Recliners

The History of Riser Recliners

Have you ever wondered where the Riser Recliner chair came from?

Rise and recliner chairs have actually been in existence for over 150 years and have now become one of the most popular living room ideas to help older people remain independent.

How They Began

The history of chairs stretches back as far as to Ancient Egypt, with ornate chairs found in tombs and depicted in drawings. Chairs only became a common feature in the 16th century, but even then recliner chairs were still a number of years away.

The first ever recliner chair can be credited to the French, who developed a . The original reclining chair was a fantastic idea for those who wanted their furniture to have a number of uses; the camp cot could function as a chair, bed and even a chaise longue. It was comfortable, portable and durable, consisting of a steel frame and padded cushions and armrests. Whilst not owned by the famous Napoleon Bonaparte, the first ever recliner chair was owned by his nephew, Napoleon III.

The Morris Chair

The British were also experimenting with living room ideas. The Morris chair emerged in the 1860s, which had a hinged back that allowed the reclining chair to be adjusted. The Morris chair was hugely popular; songs were even written about it, including the 1919 hit ‘You’d Be Surprised’ by Irving Berlin.

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The recliner chair really began to become more advanced in America. A patent on a wooden recliner chair was granted to Edward M. Knabush and his cousin Edwin J. Shoemaker in 1928, which resembles the design of the recliner chairs we see in homes today. The American cousins used orange crates to design a chair that they thought would help people to relax, the prototype being a slatted folding chair that could be used for sitting up or reclining backwards. Unlike the modern rise and recline chairs of today, the chair reclined when the user leant backwards.

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The cousins then hired an upholsterer to add stuffing and upholster the chair, which they then named the ‘La-Z-Boy’. Built-in footrests were added a number of years later, pioneered by Barcaloungers, whose reclining chairs came with footrests in the 1940s.

The recliner chair was developed further and propelled into the spotlight in the 1960s by Daniel F. Caldemeyer, a furniture maker who had spent some time in the U.S. Air Force. Whilst footrests could be found on other chairs, it was Caldemeyer who developed the classic foot-lift rest. He designed the ‘rocket recliner’, which was reportedly based on the science of kinetics, and the chair gained popularity amongst homeowners across America and even caught the eye of NASA as a great living room idea.

Caldemeyer’s military experience won him approval from NASA, which led to the space agency using his design to make seats for the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo projects. The popularity of his rise and recline chairs did not stop there; the Secret Service reportedly bought 50 chairs for President Lyndon Baines Johnson for Christmas, with one currently on display in the Smithsonian.

Modern Riser Recliners

Since then, modern recliner chairs have become more luxurious, offering those with mobility difficulties a living room idea that is as supportive as it is comfortable. Today’s riser recliner chairs are powered by electricity and have a battery back-up so that it can be used if there is a power cut, and dual motors allow users to operate the headrest and footrest of the chair independently from each other. This allows the user to sit, recline or lie down in a much more comfortable fashion than with the original French camp cot.

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Tips For Cleaning & Maintaining Mobility Scooters

Power Mobility scooters require routine upkeep to remain in good working condition. Some general tips on how to clean, inspect and maintain a motorized scooter are provided here.

Important: Before performing any maintenance work on your scooter, be sure to turn the power off and make certain you have disconnected the charger’s power cord.

While these maintenance and power scooter cleaning tips may apply to various models, the features on your particular mobility product may vary. It is always advised to follow the manufacturer’s product manual instructions.

How To Dust & Clean Your Mobility Scooter

Dusting and cleaning will keep your scooter looking good and running efficiently.

  • Dust all exposed parts, using a soft, smooth, dry cloth.
  • Clean with a cloth dampened with liquid detergent or glass cleaner.
  • Wipe down the scooter seat with soft disinfectant wipes.
  • Avoid getting electrical components wet. Gently dust instead.
  • Do not spray water or liquid cleaners directly onto the scooter.
  • Do not use wax, oil or harsh cleansers.
  • When done, wipe the mobility scooter gently until it’s dry.
  • Drape a scooter cover over your vehicle to protect against dust build-up.

How to Inspect and Maintain Your Power Scooter

In between professional inspections, give your scooter regular check-ups.

  • Check tire treads daily for wear. Replace thinning tires.
  • Check the upholstery for areas that may irritate your skin.
  • Check the battery power. If the gauge is in RED, re-charge or replace batteries.
  • Adjust moveable parts (steering tiller, wheels, swivel seat, levers, mirror, etc) to ensure consistent functioning.

Brakes

Most electric mobility scooters come equipped with an inertia system of braking so they will come naturally to a halt when you ease off on the power.
Before you set off on a journey you do however still need to test that they are working. The first thing you need to check is that your scooter isn’t set to freewheel. On most scooters there is a lever around the rear wheel which sets the scooter into freewheel mode. Freewheel mode allows you to move the scooter around easily without power but also means that the scooter won’t be able to stop. As a safety feature most scooters won’t actually let you start when freewheel mode is engaged but it’s worth checking anyway. Once you’ve made sure the scooter is properly set up try your scooter out to make sure it is stopping correctly before setting out on your journey.

The Seat

Most electric mobility scooters on the market will come with some form of detachable seat. Obviously for safety purposes you don’t want the seat to come loose while you are riding it so before setting off we recommend that you give it a firm waggle every time you use it to make sure that it’s properly attached before you take it out and about.

Read the manual

It seems like an easy step that doesn’t deserve to be in a list of maintenance instructions, but you might be surprised at how much you can learn if you take the time to read the manual that came along with your scooter. The proper maintenance schedule is usually spelled out clearly in the manual, and taking the manufacturer’s advice can save you a great deal of time.

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The History of The Wheelchair

It is uncertain as to what can be considered the first wheelchair, or who invented it. However, its origins date back to ancient times. The earliest records of a wheeled transportation device were found on a stone slate in China and a child’s bed depicted in a frieze on a Greek vase, both dating between the 6th and 5th century BCE.

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The first records of wheeled seats being used for transporting disabled people date to three centuries later in China; the Chinese used early wheelbarrows to move people as well as heavy objects. A distinction between the two functions was not made for another several hundred years, around 525 CE, when images of wheeled chairs made specifically to carry people begin to occur in Chinese art.

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The first known wheelchair purposefully designed for disability and mobility was called an “invalid’s chair”. It was invented in 1595 specifically for King Phillip II of Spain. The chair had small wheels attached to the end of a chair’s legs and it included a platform for Phillip’s legs and an adjustable backrest. It could not be self-propelled but most likely the King always had servants transporting him around.


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First Self-Propelling Chair


In 1655, Stephan Farffler, a 22 year old paraplegic watchmaker, built the world’s first self-propelling chair on a three-wheel chassis using a system of cranks and cogwheels.However, the device had an appearance of a hand bike more than a wheelchair since the design included hand cranks mounted at the front wheel.

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The Bath Wheelchair

In 1783, John Dawson of Bath, England, invented a wheelchair named after the town of Bath.
Dawson designed a chair with two large wheels and one small one. The Bath wheelchair outsold all other wheelchairs throughout the early part of the 19th century.

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However, the Bath wheelchair was not that comfortable and during the last half of the 19th century many improvements were made to wheelchairs. An 1869 patent for a wheelchair showed the first model with rear push wheels and small front casters. Between, 1867 to 1875, inventors added new hollow rubber wheels similar to those used on bicycles on metal rims. In 1881, the pushrims for added self-propulsion were invented.

The Folding Wheelchair


In 1932, engineer, Harry Jennings, built the first folding, tubular steel wheelchair. That was the earliest wheelchair similar to what is in modern use today.

That wheelchair was built for a paraplegic friend of Jennings called Herbert Everest. Together they founded Everest & Jennings, a company that monopolized the wheelchair market for many years. An antitrust suit was actually brought against Everest & Jennings by the Department of Justice, who charged the company with rigging wheelchair prices.
The case was finally settled out of court.

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The First Electric Wheelchair

The first wheelchairs were self-powered, and worked by a patient turning the wheels of their chair manually. Of course, if a patient was unable to do this, another person would have to push the wheelchair and patient from behind. A motorized or power wheelchair is one where a small motor drives the wheels to revolve. Attempts to invent a motorized wheelchair were made as far back as 1916, however, no successful commercial production occurred at that time.

The first electric-powered wheelchair was invented by Canadian inventor, George Klein and his team of engineers while working for the National Research Council of Canada in a program to assist the injured veterans returning after World War II. George Klein also invented the microsurgical staple gun.
Everest & Jennings, the same company whose founders created the folding wheelchair were the first to manufacture the electric wheelchair on a mass scale beginning in 1956.

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Mind Control

John Donoghue and Braingate invented a new wheelchair technology intended for a patient with very limited mobility, who otherwise would have issues using a wheelchair by themselves.
The BrainGate device is implanted into the patient’s brain and hooked to a computer to which the patient can send mental commands that results in any machine including wheelchairs doing what they want it to. The new technology is called BCI or brain-computer interface.

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The History & Evolution of The Stairlift

Do you have a stairlift? Whether it is a straight stairlift or a curved stairlift. Have you ever wondered how the stairlift came about?

Here is some history facts about the stairlift

King Henry VII – The “Stairthrone”

Most people believe that the first stairlift was invented in the 1920’s by C.C. Crispen. However, TV historian Doctor David Starkey has in 2009, found evidence in a list of the possessions of King Henry VIII that attributes the first stairlift invented to the monarch. The 30 stone king, injured through jousting, used a chair that was hauled up and down the stairs on a block and tackle system by servants at the ancient Whitehall Palace in London. It is described in royal records as “a chair…that goeth up and down” (wiki)

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Late 1800s

Frederick Muffett of Royal Tunbridge Wells, invented and patented the “An Invalid Chair with Tramway for use on Staircases”. However, there seems to be no evidence that his plans moved from design to a workable lift.(wiki)

C.C. Crispen – The Inclin-ator

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In the 1920s, C.C. Crispen, a Pennsylvania entrepreneur, created a way to enable his ailing friend to travel from floor to floor. Crispen’s idea was to design a seat that could climb stairs. A self-taught engineer, he built the first prototype of the inclining chair. He called it the Inclin-ator.

The modern stairlift can be traced back to self-taught mechanical engineer and entrepreneur C.C. Crispen. In 1923, Crispen got the idea for a climbing seat which was capable of travelling between floors when visiting a neighbour who was confined to an upstairs bed for medical recovery.
Within a few days, Crispen’s idea had transformed from a mere concept to the beginnings of a US Patent. His engineering experience allowing him to develop a folding wooden chair with a footrest, which used a motor wired into the house’s standard electrics to travel up and down on a steel rail on rollers. He named it the Inclin-ator, conveying the idea of an elevator which worked on an incline.

The Inclinator Company Of America

In 1924, Crispen was invited to display his Inclin-ator in the Philadelphia Electric Company’s showroom, which led to his simple idea to help a neighbour being developed into The Inclinator Company of America. Shortly after this, the ingenious invention caught the attention of Westinghouse Electric, who had one installed at their Electric Home on Atlantic City’s boardwalk. The popularity of the Inclin-ator led to the invention of the first residential elevator, named the Elevette, which gave an alternative to the Inclin-ator for homes with winding staircases and could be custom-made to fit the available space or made large enough to fit a wheelchair inside if required.

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During this period, the Inclin-ator was frequently used by those suffering from polio, which can cause muscle weakness and paralysis, although Crispen’s inventions also caught the eye of a few famous names, who had them installed in their homes. These included, among others, inventor Thomas Edison, business magnate John D. Rockerfeller, automotive founders Henry Ford and Walter Chrysler, and entertainer Groucho Marx.
The business is still owned by the Crispen and Krum families, with Paul Krum having joined Inclinator in 1929 and succeeding C.C. Crispen as president.

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