Motion Ottawa Store Offers Elevator & Lift Test Drives
“An elevator, for example, can cost around the same price as a new car. You wouldn’t buy a car from a brochure, so why would you want to purchase an elevator without seeing it first? This is a way for clients to test drive the equipment before they purchase it.”
Motion Specialties has multiple locations across Canada and plan on incorporating Access Centre’s into them to cater to the growing popularity of residential elevators and home accessibility products. A focused team of industry experts is able to educate and put clients in the right equipment to suit their needs.
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Elevator sales rise as Canadians ditch the stairs at home
NEW Accessibility Centre – Motion Specialties Kingston
Motion Specialties Kingston is proud to present our new Accessibility Centre, a place where our clients and their families can try before they buy an accessibility solution for their home. There is no other location for clients and design professionals like it in the region.
Brand New Toyota Sienna Minivan with a Disappearing Ramp.
Universal Motion is attending Centric Health National Conference 2013 – 25th – 27th February Toronto, ON – Westin Harbour Castle – and have an awesome new minivan conversion that will be on display. It is the first time the product will be seen in Canada.
New Team Member
Motion Specialties is pleased to announce that Bob Nowack has joined our growing company and the Elevating team in the role of Business Development Manager (Builder/Architect Sales) .
Start the NEW Year with a “Tune-up”
As with any mechanical device in your home, your lift requires some TLC. Our fully qualified team is available to assess your lift’s performance prior to any major failure occurring. A regularly maintained lift will ensure its performance for a longer lifespan. Contact your closest Motion Specialties location and ask for information on our Preventative Maintenance programs and sign up today for a visit.
A Good Stairlift costs about the same as one month in an assisted living facility. Why not consider that option?
Many seniors choose to age in place because they want to hold on to their independence, and they’re emotionally attached to their home. But when getting up and down the stairs becomes a challenge and a risk, families begin exploring options, most of which are outside of the senior’s home.
Making Bathrooms Adaptable and Functional
Here are some photos of a recent project under taken by Motion Specialties. The space in this bathroom, as with any bathroom in an older home was limited, so what was created was a fully encompassing room where water didn’t necessarily matter as the entire floor was protected and sloped to the drain. All thresholds were removed and attractive bars were added.
This quick, three minute, video highlights the retail features and benefits of the QRamp system. We love that Qramp systems allow us to create accessibility in very short turnaround times.
Using a Stannah Stairlift During a Power Outage
With winter around the corner and Hurricane Sandy having just passed we all need to consider the possibility of power outages and how they can affect devices in our homes. The following article from Stannah raises awareness about what you should know if you experience a power outage with a Stairlift.
This information applies to Stannah stairlifts installed in the USA and Canada.
Construction of Ottawa Accessibility Centre Underway
Construction is well underway for the Lift & Accessibility demonstration area at our Ottawa location (3020 Hawthrone Road, Ottawa, ON). Here, clients, healthcare professionals and referral groups will have a means to review equipment along with our professional team in order to help them with decisions in their personalized solutions.
Giving a Kid a Lift
On Friday October 12, members of the community of Claremont put together OKTOBERFEST IN CLAREMONT to help raise money for the Haggerty family in town for the home renovation for their son Adam who is 6 and is in a wheelchair. Local city counselor, David Pickles and local MP Doug Dickerson spoke on behalf of some of the contributors, including the City of Pickering.
PromenAid handrails provide simple solutions for mobility assistance.
Motion Specialties is pleased to offer accessibility solutions for inside your home as well as out! The unique design of the PromenAid handrail system allows it to be installed anywhere. They feature a continuous slot design along the entire underside of the rail which allows the installer to place support brackets anywhere along the rail with a simple twist Find the wall stud, insert the bracket, twist, fasten and you’re done! Each bracket supports up to 500lbs giving the user security and peace of mind.
HeatTrak’s Residential Snow-Melting Mats
“If you’re anything like me there’s nothing more dreaded than opening the front door and realising that overnight old-man-winter came by to pile snow all the way down the front walk. With winter soon on its way, you can only imagine how happy I was to find out that Motion Specialties now has heated walkways at an affordable price!
McGuinty Government’s New Tax Credit Keeps Seniors Safer, Reduces Pressures on Hospital and Long-Term Care
Motion Specialties can assist your clients in developing solutions for their access and safety allowing them to access the new Ontario government Healthy Homes Tax Credit. McGuinty Government’s New Tax Credit Keeps Seniors Safer, Reduces Pressures on Hospital and Long-Term Care. The passage of the Healthy Homes Renovation Tax Credit Act will allow Ontario’s seniors to renovate their homes so they can live in them safely and independently longer.
QRamp meets the need in an Educational Institution.
Geoff Bryant (firstname.lastname@example.org) and the team at Motion Specialties in Hamilton are behind this QRamp™ solution empowering any students with a mobility difficulty access to the school theater stage area.
Whether or not a student, teacher or parent is a cast or crew member, or if simply to empower a student to walk across the stage in graduation with their peers, this is a solution to many of the accessibility issues that plague some school buildings in North America.
Have you heard of the Enabling Accessibility Fund?
This is a Government of Canada fund that can fund up to 75% for the renovation, construction and retrofitting of buildings; the modification of vehicles for community use; and the provision of accessible communication technologies, such as audio induction loop systems and screen readers.
10 Steps To A Successful Bathroom Renovation Project
Designing a bathroom for someone with disabilities requires a lot of considerations. You have to plan for present and future needs, as well as considering the needs of the rest of the family members. All around the home, from the kitchen to the bathroom, daily activities can become chores for anyone who uses a cane, walker or wheelchair. This is where Motion Specialties can design answers to meet your client’s needs through our expert advice and product selection.
“We are going to stay”: Making a home accessible and loving it again
Renovating a home is a huge business in Canada. Home-owners are looking to create equity while ensuring comfort and style. For the average family or individual an investment in a home should be for life but that may not always be the case when circumstances change and your home becomes more of an obstacle then a place of rest, shelter and enjoyment.
The concept of aging in place has been around for a number of years and takes the concept of Universal Design into practice. Universal Design principles are those that state that when a home is designed with everyone in mind then everyone will be able to access and utilize all elements of a home throughout its lifespan. These principles have been put into practice in many countries but they don’t always address the practical side of construction, finances or family need such as neighbourhood services and amenities.
Refer a Friend Program
Are you enjoying the freedom of your new stairlift from Motion Specialties? Please refer to a friend or a family member. Give them this coupon with the requested information. If they purchase a stairlift you get a $250 cash reward. It’s that simple! Refer them before somebody else does!
Determining Factors in Remaining in a Home & Making it Accessible
Deciding to renovate or move to a new home?
How do you decide whether to renovate your existing home to make it accessible for a family member or move to a new home?
Randy Sora, a design and management consultant with EZ Access Incorporated, a company that designs accessible homes, says the answer depends on a number of factors and it’s important to fully investigate all your options before making a decision.
When faced with a significant renovation, he advises hiring a design consultant. Unlike a contractor who may try to talk you into a $100,000 renovation without explaining other options, a design consultant will work with you to determine what is best in your particular situation.
The very first person to consult, however, should be your occupational therapist (OT) – your best resource for advice on what equipment and modifications your family member needs within the home.
“We’re not medical people,” says Randy. “We know how to address functional needs within the structure of the home but we need someone to advise us on those needs and the best person is the OT.”
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