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Why Installing a Residential Elevator is Worth the Investment

Elevators have become not only a welcome addition but a justified investment for many homeowners. In the early days, residential elevators were a status symbol—an indication of wealth and affluence—but that has changed over time. Residential elevators now offer affordable access to renewed mobility for the disabled and injured as well as a chance for seniors to age in place.
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How to Help Your Loved Ones Age in Place

For many years, the largest generation in the U.S. was the Baby Boomer generation — people born between 1946 and 1964. By 2030, all Baby Boomers will be 65 or older. One question many Boomers and their loved ones ask is: Where should they live? Aging in place appeals to many people, but it is not always possible without some home modifications.

If your loved one has said they would like to stay in their home, there are a few ways you can help them maintain their quality of life and promote independent living.

Assess the Situation

The first thing to do if your loved one wants to age in place is talk with them about their concerns. Factors to consider when discussing potential home modifications and whether your loved one can stay at home include:

  • Their financial situation: Though talking about money can feel uncomfortable, it’s an essential conversation to have. Some people find that as they shift from working full-time to retirement or part-time work, they can no longer afford to stay in their home. If this is the case for your loved one, it can be worthwhile to discuss options such as moving to a smaller home or moving in with another family member.
  • Their health: Your loved one’s health is another important factor when deciding what type of senior care they might need. People with reduced mobility or limited hearing or eyesight may benefit from in-home care. A person who is beginning to show signs of dementia or another debilitating illness may require long-term care in a residential facility.
  • The resources available to them: There are many organizations that provide support and assistance to older people. Some nonprofits send volunteers to visit seniors and take care of daily chores. Senior centers may hold daily activities for older adults. Researching what resources are available for your loved one can help them stay connected while living at home, especially when you’re managing long-distance caregiving.
  • Their emotions: Ask your loved one how they feel about staying in their home. A home can be full of happy memories your loved one wants to enjoy for as long as possible. Other people may prefer to move from their home after a major life change, such as the death of a spouse.
  • Their ability to perform daily tasks: As people age, it becomes more challenging to perform daily tasks like meal preparation, bathing, housekeeping and other chores. When you visit your loved one, ensure the condition of their home, their hygiene, their diet, and their stock of food is suitable for healthy living. You can hire home health aides to take on certain chores for your loved ones if they need assistance. In certain instances, it may be best for your loved one to move in with a family member or consider a senior care community.

Know Your Options

Once you’ve assessed the situation, the next thing to do is discuss options with your loved one. Depending on their needs, budget and health, it may be best for them to do one of the following:

  • Move to an assisted living facility: In some instances, aging-in-place isn’t an option. If your loved one has health needs that require professional care, the best option is usually to have the person move into a facility that can provide long-term care.
  • Get in-home care: For some, in-home care can help maintain a good quality of life and relative independence. Check the options available near your loved one, such as paid caregiving or volunteer organizations. Occasional services like meal delivery, laundry pick-up or a weekly housekeeper might provide the support your loved one needs. A family member may also be able to step in and offer support, either by moving in or providing care during the day.
  • Downsize: In some circumstances, a person can stay independent by moving to a smaller home. Many people find moving into a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) is the best choice. CCRCs offer seniors regular support and a community they can rely on for care and companionship. Another option is to move into an active adult community, which is a neighborhood or housing development designed for people over the age of 55.
  • Modify their home: Sometimes, a few updates can make a person’s home suitable for aging in place. Around 30 million older adults over age 65 fall each year, often after tripping on stairs or over rugs. Handrails, a home elevator and floor treads are all fall prevention modifications that can help someone stay home for as long as possible.

How to Make Changes to the Home

When people buy a home in their 20’s or 30’s, they’re not thinking about how their needs will change as they get older. A 30-year-old may purchase a three-story home with narrow staircases and realize they are more difficult to use as they age. If your loved one wants to age in place and is healthy enough to do so, some of the home changes you can make include:

  • Installing a home elevator: A home elevator allows your loved one to travel from one floor to another without having to take the stairs. Adding an elevator to a multi-story home is easier than you may think. This modification can be particularly beneficial for people who have a history of falls or are beginning to experience limited mobility.
  • Installing grab bars: Another way to reduce fall risk in the home is to install grab bars in the bathroom by the shower and toilet. Grab bars allow a person to support themselves while performing necessary tasks that could potentially lead to falling.
  • Installing walk-in showers: Replacing bathtubs that require a person to step in with walk-in shower stalls can be a good option if your loved one wants to remain independent. Walk-in showers are easier to get in and out of, and they help lower the risk of a person tripping and falling.
  • Adding ramps: While an elevator solves the problem of getting from one floor to the next, ramps solve the problem of safely getting up short flights of stairs. Ramps can be helpful from the ground to the front door or in areas where there are one or two steps at room transitions.

Create a Support System for Your Loved One

Whether they stay in their home with modifications, move to a smaller place or transition to an assisted living facility, your loved one needs your support throughout the process. If you’re ready to begin retrofitting your loved one’s home with a residential elevator, find an Inclinator dealer near you today.

7 Rules of Elevator Etiquette

Most adults realize that every environment—be it the workplace, a restaurant, or even a taxi cab—has its own set of best practices and rules to follow. These rules are typically followed to ensure that everyone stays safe, comfortable, and moves through the environment as efficiently as possible. Elevators are a common area that warrant their own set of rules, and there’s enough of them—approximately 1 million elevators in the United States and Canada alone—to make ‘elevator etiquette’ worth brushing up on.

1. Follow the “two-flight” rule

This rule actually insists you stay out of the elevator if you’re going fewer than two floors up or down. Why? You may get some dirty looks from colleagues and fellow passengers if you’re adding an extra 20 seconds to their commute or if they have to stop at every other floor. Of course, there are exceptions to the rule—the elderly, parents with strollers, those with disabilities, etc.

2. Holding the door—when, how, and if you should do it

It’s been a long-debated question as to whether you should hold the elevator door for someone. On one hand, it might seem like a matter of compassion; but on the other, you risk holding up the ride for your fellow passengers. If you’re alone in the elevator, do what you think is right. When you’re riding with others, consider getting a quick thought on whether you should hold it. If the elevator is full, on the other hand, there’s no shame in giving an apologetic expression and letting the doors close.

Many people are of the mind that you should simply let fate decide. If the person scrambling toward the elevator is meant to catch that ride, they will; if not, there’s always the next one. Elevators are always a matter of timing and the general consensus seems to be that there is no general consensus or universal rule for this particular scenario.

3. Keep proxemics in mind when positioning yourself in an elevator

Proxemics is the study of human behavior as it relates to public and private space. In short, proxemics entails how most humans view public, personal, and intimate spaces in regards to comfort, propriety, and efficiency. Men traditionally follow the “urinal theory of proxemics” already, which includes best practices for how to pick the urinal if some or more are already occupied. Elevators benefit from the same kind of consideration and practices.

  • If only two people are in the elevator, it’s best to stand on opposite sides of the car.
  • Three to four people should gravitate toward each of the corners.
  • Five or more riders should attempt to space themselves out evenly and face forward. Arms and hands should be kept at the sides to avoid contact.

4. Always face the elevator doors

If you’re entering a crowded elevator (with three or more riders), it’s always best to face the doors. Entering the elevator and staring into the face of someone else can be uncomfortable, awkward, and even creepy. You’re already in someone’s personal space so don’t make it any worse by initiating potentially unwanted eye contact.

5. Minimal eye contact is standard

Sometimes you can’t help but make a little eye contact, and getting on the elevator doesn’t have to be a completely awkward and detached experience. Brief eye contact and a nod or smile is usually well-received by your fellow riders, so long as you turn your focus to something—anything—else in the elevator once you’re onboard. This gives others the chance to enjoy the ride in peace without forcing them to engage in small talk or making anyone uncomfortable.

6. Keep phone calls private

What should seem like common sense may actually take pointing out: keeping your cell phone holstered in a pocket or sticking to text is common courtesy in enclosed spaces, particularly such small ones as an elevator. If you’re on a call with someone as you approach an elevator, tell them you’ll call them right back. Similarly, if you receive a call in the elevator you can answer and give them the same message, or decline and text back that you’ll return their call ASAP.

Not only is it good etiquette to keep your phone calls private, but you won’t annoy other riders by filling the small space with the sound of a one-way conversation they didn’t ask to listen to.

7. How to exit when the elevator is full

When the elevator is packed, the two standing closest to the doors should step out at any requested stops to allow folks in the back to exit without requiring them to squeeze themselves out. It’s not fun to get elbowed, and it’s certainly uncomfortable to wedge yourself up against people because they’re not willing to move two feet out of the way. When you step out of the elevator to make room for those leaving, be considerate and hold the doors to make reentry smooth.

If you’re the one exiting, it’s best to give the others a warning by saying something like, “my stop is next” or “the next floor is my stop.” This gives them time to adjust spacing and, if they’ve been brushing up on their etiquette, the chance to step out and give you ample room to exit.

On a similar note, when boarding a full elevator, give those inside the first chance to exit before making your way inside.

Although home elevators hardly demand such rigorous rules of etiquette, it helps to realize the unique atmosphere an elevator can create. This is especially true of residential elevators as they can literally transform your home into a place that you will never lose access to, giving you the freedom to enjoy your home for years to come, regardless of age or impairment. To get started or learn more about how a home elevator could benefit you, find a dealer near you today.

Why Residential Elevators Are Worth It

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Purchasing and installing a residential elevator can appear, at first glance, to be a sizeable investment, both in space and in money. That’s fair because it’s true: Owning an elevator and having it installed takes time, resources and space. If you’re going to invest in something, you want to be sure it will be worth it. One of the essential aspects of any purchase is its return on investment. For residential elevators, that return comes in many forms and makes the initial expense well worth it for most families and individuals.

Home Elevators Can Restore Lost Mobility

Mobility is a struggle for many people, especially for older adults. It is the most common disability type in the United States. Of those with a disability in the U.S, 13.7% have a mobility challenge, meaning they have serious difficulty walking or climbing stairs. Limited mobility can be due to age or issues such as cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy or spinal cord injury.

Limited mobility may not always be a certainty, but it’s an eventuality that many have to consider when they plan for their futures. In addition to lifelong mobility disabilities and progressing mobility issues associated with aging, some people unexpectedly lose their mobility due to an injury. Many of us take our ability to move for granted, and it is only when we suffer an injury or a similar circumstance that immobilizes us for a time that we truly understand how difficult it can be to navigate our homes. These times can serve as an excellent wake-up call to prepare for the future when mobility may once again be a struggle.

Whether your challenges with mobility are temporary or ongoing, having a home elevator can make all the difference. Whatever the reason for your lost freedom of movement, a residential elevator can offer much-needed accessibility, so you can stay in your home and not have to confine yourself to only one floor. Many individuals or couples who decide to age in place find that one of their most significant hesitations is to stay in a multi-storied home they can no longer access due to physical limitations. By installing a residential elevator or chairlift, they can continue enjoying their entire home.

Residential Elevators Are a Cost-Effective Option

The only reason more homes don’t have elevators is that they can be costly. In the past, you might only have expected to see elevators for homes when visiting luxury estates. However, today, many people — not just wealthier homeowners — are weighing the cost of adding a home elevator and finding that the accessibility it affords is well worth it. If you’re concerned about the price of a residential elevator, it’s helpful to consider that this option is drastically less expensive than an assisted living or retirement community.

Of course, assisted living and retirement community packages include a lot, but if your primary struggle is mobility, you may find the addition of a home lift to be the more financially sound option. According to research compiled by SeniorHomes.com, in 2015, the monthly median costs for independent living ranged from $1,709 to $3,777. For the price of one year living in a retirement community or assisted living, you could afford some version of a residential elevator — and that’s a one-time cost rather than a recurring one.

When you’re planning for a loved one’s care or yours as you age, consider what degree of assistance and change is necessary. Many people prefer to maintain as much of their current lifestyle as possible. Choosing assisted living or a senior retirement community might include a lot of amenities and services you might not need or want that you’ll most likely end up paying for regardless. That only adds to the overall, recurring cost of those options.

Even if assisted living becomes a necessity down the road, a home elevator may be enough to allow you or a loved one to stay at home for the time being. It’s not easy to put a price on the value of getting to enjoy independence in one’s home for as long as possible, but even when you do the math, a home elevator can be the most economical option.

Residential Elevators Are Helpful for Every Stage of Life

It’s essential to note that home elevators are not just for the elderly or those with a disability. Having a more comfortable way to traverse the floors in your home is convenient at every stage of life, even if mobility is not a struggle for you or members of your family.

Families can benefit from a home elevator by using it to move furniture, belongings or even groceries around. It eliminates the need to carry bulky or heavy things up and down the stairs, which means your family is less likely to fall or hurt themselves in the process.

A residential elevator is easily one of those investments you’ll be able to enjoy throughout multiple stages of your life. Expectant or new mothers may wish to avoid stairs, making a home elevator a major asset. A new parent could use their home elevator to easily carry a child to their room without disturbing them. Teens could load the elevator up with sleepover gear and make their getaway without having to take more than one trip up and down the stairs. A visiting grandparent could take the elevator instead of the stairs if they have trouble with their mobility.

Adding a Home Elevator Increases Your Home’s Resale Value

Some people may not want to install a home elevator with their future mobility and comfort in mind if they think they may move before a home elevator becomes a necessity. Even if you plan to move, though, installing a home elevator now is a smart decision.

If you are thinking of possibly selling your home down the road, installing a home elevator now will allow you to reap the benefits for as long as you live there and will increase your home’s resale value. With proper elevator maintenance, your lift will last and continue to be an asset to your home for decades to come. When it comes time to sell, your real estate agent will be pleased to highlight the fact that your home has a residential elevator to any prospective buyers. With more baby boomers reaching retirement and wanting to age in place, homes with elevators are becoming increasingly desirable.

Are home elevators worth it? These conveniences are not only valuable to the elderly or people with disabilities. Indeed, 25% of homeowners surveyed by the National Association of Home Builders said that elevators are a desirable or essential feature for a home. In 2001, that number was just at 8%, so residential elevators are becoming an increasingly sought-after amenity among homeowners. The National Association of Realtors® recognizes this rising trend and points out that a home elevator is, at least, a desirable amenity — and for some, a necessity.

install home elevator during home improvementsA Residential Elevator Is a Perfect Addition to Renovation Plans

If you’ve been considering installing a home elevator for a while, there is no better time than when you are planning other home improvements. Especially for extensive renovation projects in your home, adding a home elevator to your plans is an excellent idea.

For example, if you’re renovating your kitchen, why not include a dumbwaiter, as well as a home elevator, in your plans? A dumbwaiter can help you transport objects from floor to floor more easily. If you’re making changes to your home’s floorplan, ask your contractor to determine the best place for a home elevator in your plans.

Some homeowners may resist having an elevator installed because of the disruption a construction project can cause in their home. If this is the case for you, consider what other projects you have been putting off and combine these plans with your home elevator installation. Don’t wait to fully enjoy your home.

In some cases, you may find yourself suddenly needing to make changes to your home to make it more accessible for yourself or a family member moving in. If you need to make your house wheelchair-accessible, for instance, you may need to expand doorways and make other changes. While you have this work done to your home’s interior, you should consider also having a home elevator installed to enhance your home’s accessibility.

A Home Elevator Affords You Peace of Mind

Finally, home elevators are worth the investment because of the serenity they enable. If your home is multi-story, you’ve probably thought about what you will do in the future if ascending and descending the stairs becomes a problem for you, your spouse or other members of your family. You may have worried about having to leave the home you love someday.

If you are in the market for a home as an older adult, even if you are currently fully mobile, your children or others may have urged you to choose a single-story home. No one wants to worry about what they will do in the future if parts of their home are no longer accessible due to mobility problems.

You can choose to purchase or stay in a multi-story home without worrying about the future when you add a home elevator. Installing a residential elevator allows you to enjoy more convenience and accessibility now, and can make the difference in allowing you to stay in your home if you begin to develop mobility issues later in life. Having a home elevator can ease your and your family’s minds because you know you’ve been planning for the future.

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As we’ve seen, there is never a time you won’t be able to put a lift to good use. Do you have a child with a mobility disability? Do you want to grow old in your home? Would you prefer to keep the memories you’ve made in the same place you created them, no matter your age or impairment? Do you want to increase your home’s value? If your answer to any of those questions is yes,  getting a home elevator is worth the investment.

At Inclinator, we understand the life-changing difference home elevators can make for people. Adding an elevator to your home can be the solution that turns your home into a more comfortable and convenient place for you, your family and guests to get around. Inclinator is a trusted source for home elevators that are both functional and attractive.  Find a dealer in your area to get started.

Why Choose a Residential Elevator?

Residential elevators have many different functions, but ultimately they serve to make your life at home comfortable and more convenient. Still, many people may not realize just how much of an investment residential elevators can be—not from a financial standpoint, but from a quality of life perspective.

For starters, a home elevator just makes daily life easier and safer.

Residential elevators can reduce the physical strain of living at home

Having to carry luggage, furniture, or heavy objects up and down the stairs can be exhausting, especially as you get older. While these might not be activities you do every single day, they can be difficult to avoid overall. When you do have to carry something heavy or large up one or more flights of stairs, you’re putting yourself at risk of injury.

Did you know that falls result in more than 2.8 million injuries treated in emergency departments annually, including over 800,000 hospitalizations and more than 27,000 deaths?

Your stairs become a real danger after age 65, and if remaining in your home is something you have your mind set on, then a home elevator can help you.

A home elevator offers continued mobility

Regardless of age, lifestyle, or disability, home elevators have enabled thousands of homeowners to reside in their homes almost indefinitely. This is because elevators allow you to get around the house without exposing yourself to the dangers of staircases. While this matters most for the elderly, anyone can slip and fall, including children.

Imagine you had a home elevator and you were carrying a newborn up to their new bedroom. Would you rather walk up a long set of stairs, or would you rather walk into the elevator and exit out onto the right floor? It’s not just more convenient. It’s also a much safer option.

The residential elevator industry continues to improve its standards and safety

Home elevators are not an unchecked product. They’re developed by experts with decades of experience, and put through rigorous safety tests. A recent example of this continued pursuit of higher safety standards saw the industry tackle the space between the hoistway and car door, as evidenced in the 2016 publication of ASME 17.1, Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators, Section 5.3.

They’re built with your safety in mind

More than just your safety, a residential elevator you purchase can be customized to meet your specific needs, whether they be health- or home-related. Your dealer or contractor will work with you to make the installation of your home elevator a seamless process. They can easily accommodate your existing décor and work within your available space, offering solutions that will minimize the impact such a feature will have on your property.

If you find yourself asking why you should choose a residential elevator, ask yourself a different question: do you want to enjoy the house you built and all its memories for many more years to come? If you can answer yes, then you already know the most important reason to consider investing in a home elevator. Contact a local dealer to get started today.

5 Ways to Increase Your Home’s Value

Homeowners have to be forward thinking these days. Building upon and improving your home’s value can make selling it down the road much easier, and more profitable. In the age of unstable housing markets, it’s important to follow good maintenance habits and take the time to see how and where you can make your house homier.

1. Update your kitchen

Kitchens are sometimes one of the most important rooms in a house. It’s where you prepare meals, dine with family, and enjoy your guilty late-night snacks. The kitchen, experts say, is also one of the best rooms you can improve upon to increase the value of your house. Updating appliances to sleek stainless steel models, replacing backsplashes, and upgrading to hardwood floors from linoleum can easily redefine a kitchen’s charm.

Here’s a pro tip: Rethink your use of space in the kitchen. Learning how to make the most of the room while opening it up can help it become the new go-to space.

2. Add an extension to your house

Extensions can be as large as a whole new hallway or wing, or as small as an extra bathroom. These additions can make a huge impact on the price of your home. Creating the extra space that blends in with the rest of your house is easily one of the most challenging aspects of this kind of renovation, but it can also be the most rewarding. More space equals more value, now and in the future. Adding in a family room, game room, or conservatory means more than just a higher value for your house on the market—it means more space where you can gather with friends and family.

3. Add a residential elevator

Installing a residential elevator has become a practical investment in one’s home. Aging residents who wish to retire at home are looking to residential lifts as a means to maintain their independence; but the list of customers has grown beyond just seniors. Trendy home owners looking for a new focal piece or families interested in making their daily lives easier are all considering adding an elevator to their homes.

The wonderful thing about these conveniences is that they can accomplish all the above. They can improve your quality of life by making getting between floors less of a hassle—a convenience for the elderly, disabled, and anyone who sees themselves moving large or heavy items around regularly. There’s also the range of available features and design options. Being able to customize the look and style provides homeowners with a unique addition that will fit seamlessly with their existing décor.

Currently, manufacturers are offering elevator drive systems that can minimize the impact a residential elevator would have on space, too.

4. Convert your basement, loft, or garage

How many houses have you been to that leave their basements or lofts completely unused? Or worse: as storage space for boxes of holiday decorations and cobwebs? It’s actually good financial sense to make the most of your available space, which often means turning unused rooms into accommodating living space. One of the nicest things about taking the conversion route (as opposed to adding an extension) is that it’s relatively non-disruptive to the remainder of your home.

For attached and detached garages, these spaces provide yet another opportunity for new living space. Homeowners looking to truly maximize their return on investment could create small apartments in their basements or garages, which could then be rented to tenants. While it’s certainly not a decision or renovation to be taken lightly, it’s one that warrants consideration for those looking for a strong ROI.

5. Redo your bathroom

Your bathroom, like the kitchen, is an important room, mostly because it’s a space meant to create a sense of comfort and privacy. It’s also a room most guests will visit, and sees heavy, regular use. You can expect to increase your home’s value by 2 to 3% by renovating your bathroom. Common upgrades include changing out the floor for something more durable and modern, and contemporary amenities such as a new sink and bath/shower equipment. And a new coat of paint never hurts either!

It’s worth noting that even if you aren’t looking to sell or have no plans of moving any time soon, these fixes can improve the functionality and beauty of your home for years to come. You’re worth having a home you’re both proud of and in love with, so why not put in the work now to benefit you and your family in the future.

Ready to get started? Find an Inclinator dealer near you!

Mobility in your Home!

Meeting the Needs of Your Family

Today, Brendan Kirby hit the road meeting Bill and Linda Bohmbach from Home Healthsmith so that we could see firsthand how this great local company is helping people  stay in their homes after an injury or age in place longer.

Most people could benefit from including a residential elevator in their home design plans, and the Rhode Island-based Home Healthsmith is working hard to show just how invaluable they can be.

Home Healthsmith helps homeowners identify their mobility needs and the solutions best equipped to meet those needs. Their goal is to provide safe mobility options to families or individuals who are recovering after an injury or looking to age in place, regardless of whether the needs are short or long-term.

Whether you’re on the mend from a recent surgery, such as a knee or hip replacement, or have long-term mobility needs, the company works with customers to ensure they can still function and enjoy their home despite the new challenges they might be facing.

One of these solutions was the inclusion of an elevator, installed and designed to blend seamlessly with the home’s existing décor. The key to the company’s success is their commitment to working with customers and the on-site assessment that follows, along with their own recommendations. Home Healthsmith customizes the elevator according to the ideas and needs of the homeowners, including design, shaft height, and amenities.

Linda and Bill Bohmbach illustrate the kind of care that’s important to have when dealing with people looking to enjoy their homes beyond age, injury, or illness. They work closely with their customers, their customers’ loved ones, and the home itself to address the mobility issues they’re facing competently and compassionately.

Imagine an elevator in your house!? They can do just that!

Get more info here: https://www.homehealthsmith.com/

Inclinator Signs Exclusive Distribution Agreement With Serenity

The Inclinator Company of America is happy to announce that it has entered into an Exclusive Distribution Agreement (EDA) with Serenity Health Care Products Inc. of Toronto, ONT, CA, a manufacturer of Vertical Platform Lifts and Vertical Platform Lift Elevators.

This EDA marks a joint effort to promote and distribute Serenity’s wheelchair lifts and lift elevators throughout the US and US territories. As of July 2016, all distributed products will utilize the brand name Inclinator Serenity.

Inclinator is excited to be handling the distribution of Serenity’s vertical platform lift and lift elevator products,” said Mark Crispen, Director of Marketing. “Serenity has a long history of quality work in the health care products industry and we’re looking forward to building a lasting relationship with them as their exclusive distributor.”

Serenity Health Care Products Inc. is the culmination of years of tested experience in the world of health care corporate ownership, product design, manufacturing and modification, and sales. This experience is shared by the two co-owners, Michael Samuels and Hong Lam.

Michael Samuels and Hong Lam have done work in the field of mobility, accessibility, and an array of durable medical home health care products since the 1980’s, and they’ve used their many years of international technical experience to create Serenity Health Care Products Inc. The co-owners have developed and marketed their accessibility products, both locally and internationally, to become a manufacturing company renowned for its efficiency. Their combined expertise covers the manufacturing, distribution, engineering, and research and development of home accessibility products, including their installation, service, and support.

Inclinator Company of America Welcomes Two Key Employees to Leadership Team

The Inclinator Company of America is proud to announce the appointment of two key members to their leadership team. Cliff Warner and Jennifer Jeffcoat recently joined Inclinator, serving to assist the company in critical capacities during this period of growth.

Cliff Warner joined the team at Inclinator in May 2016 and is responsible for Inclinator’s engineering activities and quality management system. Jennifer Jeffcoat joined the Inclinator team as Accounting and IT Manager to help lead the company through a major system reimplementation and to manage the company’s accounting practices.

“Inclinator is invested in hiring top talent to help further our company’s goal of helping Americans maintain their independence and comfort as they age,” said Mark Crispen, Director of Marketing. “Jennifer and Cliff are extraordinary additions to our team who will help us further our vision.”

Cliff has 18 + years of engineering and manufacturing experience, including roles as a lean manufacturing consultant, manufacturing engineer, quality engineer and most recently Director of Quality at New Standard Corporation. Cliff earned certifications in lean manufacturing, Six Sigma, and holds a Mechanical Engineering Technology degree from Penn State University. His enthusiasm instills him and his team with energy and dedication in an environment where creativity is encouraged.

Jennifer comes with a wealth of accounting, management, and IT experience over a variety of industries, having spent the last three years at a steel mold manufacturer, where Jennifer was instrumental in leading several cost savings initiatives, improving employee morale and performance, and implementing valuable process improvements. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting in 2010 and most recently completed her MBA with Accounting in 2014.

7 Reasons to Get a Home Elevator

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Times have changed and home elevators are no longer simply for the elderly or rich and famous. The cost of materials have decreased significantly, and with innovations in the industry, residential elevators are becoming more and more of a practical addition to one’s home. Lifestyles have also changed and many homeowners have adopted to get a home elevator for a number of reasons.

1. Investing Your Home Elevator Increases Your Property Value

Having a home elevator installed can add significant value to your home, making it a elevator up
profitable investment. Many prospective homebuyers today gravitate toward homes featuring elevator access. This is because many buyers are looking to the future where accessibility may become a big deal for them, should their mobility diminish. Even if you’re not currently benefitting from every aspect of the elevator, it can significantly increase your home’s resale value.

Homebuyers are looking for ways to age in place, which means making upgrades and home improvements that help them maintain a level of comfort and mobility throughout the years.

2. Home Elevators Can Aid in Functionality

Elevators for home use, in general, can make trips of climbing stairs or moving heavy, bulky items much easier. This functionality is especially noticeable in residential settings where groceries, decorating, and everyday chores are a daily occurrence. Improving your mobility is one of the leading benefits of utilizing home elevators. Of course, those who require greater physical effort to move about their multi-level home will benefit from an elevator the most, simply eliminating much of the average legwork of traversing your home or conveying objects is a benefit any homeowner can enjoy.

3. Enhances Home Security and Safety

alarm buttonHaving an elevator is beneficial for less mobile individuals and small children, to help eliminate accidents that might occur by going up and down the stairs. Some homes may even be able to limit access to an elevator that is also secure against unauthorized use.

For those looking to step up their home security, a residential elevator could contribute to a more secure residence if utilized as part of a larger security package.

4. Home Elevators Provide More Convenience and Usability

Few people realize that a home elevator takes up much less space than standard stairwells. This can open up the house, providing owners with more space. Homeowners that choose to invest in a residential elevator can easily increase the useable square footage of their home, which ultimately helps to increase future resale value. You could also use such an elevator to carry groceries, luggage, and even your children without worrying about a tiring trek up the stairs.

5. Make a Style Statement

Installing an elevator will undoubtedly add an air of sophistication and style to your home. The sheer variety of designs means that there is a look to suit the taste of every homeowner and home décor. There are modern pneumatic tubes, and sleek cubes with stainless steel frames and polished glass walls, even more classical looks with wood veneer and brushed nickel accents.

These elevators have long since been viewed as a symbol of luxury, and that holds true today; but with the reduced cost of parts and installation, more people have gained access to home elevators.

6. Home Elevators Aid in Stress Free Living

Just about everyone has had to use an elevator at least once in their life, and residential ease of useelevators are no different from commercial models found in business and office buildings. At the push of a button, you could be moving between floors of your house.

Think about what that would mean for people who have to carry laundry, groceries, or boxes up or down flights of stairs to complete a single task. This is a lot of saved time and energy, simplifying their lives exponentially.

7. Save Space Around Your Home with A Custom Design

As the technology advances and engineers learn more about how to reduce the amount of space required by the elevator and its motor, residential elevators can be designed to take up less space than a stairwell. They can be installed on the exterior of a house to be flush with the wall, or built in such a way as to effectively open up space that was previously unavailable or unused.elevator home

The nature and design of residential elevators differ from one to the other. The same goes for the method of powering the lift, whether it be pneumatic, cable, or hydraulic. This gives homeowners the freedom to narrow down their options to the one that best suits their needs. One of the most appreciated benefits of owning a residential elevator is the level of customization many companies afford their clients, from flooring and lighting, to size, dimension, and materials used.

By now, you’ll see that residential elevators are for anyone looking to give their home design an upgrade, as well as increase their home resale value and make their home more secure. Find an Inclinator dealer near you to get started!