In order to attend a wedding reception at the Civic Club of Harrisburg, Patti had to debut on this unusual, to us, accessible technology.
While Stair Lifts may be functional they are not designed for non-ambulatory persons …
- Four (4) dead lift transfers were involved on my part as spouse caregiver to and from Inclinator to her wheelchair, complicated by StairLIFT and wheelchair of different heights. (Typing this entry my back is reminding me of the adventure.)
- A team of three to four people were needed for successful use. Transferring, operating key controls at top of stairs, physically carrying wheelchair up another set of stairs, and someone to walk along with her to minimize any cognitive complications while in motion.
Attending Patti’s closest friend’s daughter’s reception was what the evening was about …
… and coincidently it was also Patti’s parents’ 56th wedding anniversary.
Interestingly, the Inclinator Co. of America, manufacturers of the StairLIFT has been based in Harrisburg, PA since 1923 when C.C. Crispen, after visiting a sick friend confined to the second floor during recuperation, created a seat that could climb stairs.
While Patti might ride the StairLIFT Inclinator on You Tube, according to the Inclinator Company of America Charles Laughton beat her to the big screen riding a StairLIFT Inclinator in “Witness For The Prosecution” (1957).
Courtesy of the library of the Disability History Museum click on this thumbnail to view a 1933 advertisement for this Pennsylvania invention and accessibility challenges 75 years ago.