Sunday, November 09, 2008

Riding the StairLIFT Inclinator / Multiple Sclerosis

‘Wall walking’ was certainly a phase in Patti’s Multiple Sclerosis but ‘wall climbing’ was a new one for us, as Patti glided up and down the wall on a StairLIFT SC Inclinator. (30 second video)



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.

However, catering staff could not have been more helpful and sensitive … and the bottom line is that it worked.

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.







Caregivingly Yours, Patrick Leer
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25 comments:

  1. so glad this technology was available so Patti/you could enjoy an outing with friends in a joyous celebration. Best wishes to the newlywed couple and happy anniversary to Patti's folks with wishes for many more years together

    take care of your back, Patrick

    (interestingly, up in Montana; our pastor's MIL lived with them in their downstairs converted into a MIL type cottage; she had a similar lift to go upstairs to avoid walking the stairs)

    enjoy the week ahead

    betty

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  2. I've seem those before. I'm delighted one was able to be used to help Patti enjoy the festivities. (Hugs)Indigo

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  4. We have one of those at our favorite restaurant. I have only seen one person use it though and didn't think about all the people it took to use it. As a nurse though I am more then familiar with transfers. My back is also, LOL

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