MDA always has an eye out for products, services and strategies that make daily living a little easier for people with ALS. (Do-it-yourselfers and clever caregivers, let us hear from you!)
Today, we want to tell you about a free service called Silver Cross, a sort of Internet/local-store hybrid that offers:
- good deals on recycled and (a few) new stair lifts, ceiling lifts, wheelchair lifts, bath lifts, home elevators and other mobility equipment;
- product comparison information necessary to make wise purchases;
- buy-back options and trade-ins; and
- creative pairing of new and used equipment.
Here’s how it works: Send a request for information to Silver Cross outlining your needs, and the company will connect you with a Silver Cross dealer in your area (the network has 100 stores covering about 80 percent of the U.S. and Canada). The local dealer will tell you about recycled models available in your area and also about any special pricing on new models that would meet your needs.
Each available model will be listed on a comparison chart that shows key product specifications — size, battery life, weight limits, etc. — to help you make an informed decision. The dealer also will help you identify any funding sources in your area that may be able to help with the cost.
Silver Cross has high standards for recycled products, including requiring that they be among their “approved models,” have readily available replacement parts and have been on the market more than a year (and so have proved reliable). Most recycled products come with three months free parts and labor (an extended warranty is available), as well as a buy-back option. Trade-ins of approved products can reduce your purchase price. In some cases, dealers will allow you to try out the product in your home.
You don’t need to talk to a dealer to access the information on the Silver Cross site, which includes extensive comparison charts and buying guides for stair lifts, ceiling lifts, home elevators, wheelchair lifts and more.
Also available online are the Silver Cross blogs, which address such topics as the top five things to consider in building a wheelchair ramp or the challenges of outside stair lifts.
Some MDA local offices have reported having great relationships with the Silver Cross dealers in their area; the company says it works with a variety of health care nonprofits, as well as home care and therapy companies, hospitals, custom home builders and more than 200,000 clients.
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