MS Society Talks About Handi-Lift Stairlift Solution

Wanda in her new stairlift
Dennis Gaynor, Wanda and James Boydston

Handi-Lift was recently featured in MS Connection Newsletter for their generous Stairlift donation:

After a long search in the Hunterdon County rental market, in February 2014 Hope found suitable housing with three bedrooms for her and her five year old daughter and her mother. As the three generations of the family settled into the apartment, it became obvious that the stairs were going to be difficult for her mother whose MS was progressing. Hope reached out to the Chapter for guidance in making her mother’s daily activities much easier.

After much discussion, she realized that a stair lift would be of great assistance to Wanda (Hope’s mother) as she navigated to and from the second floor of an apartment in the two family home. With little financial support, Hope and Wanda didn’t think it was possible to get a stair lift installed in their residence, a solution that would cost over five thousand dollars.

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At the same time that Hope was looking for information about a stairlift, the Chapter received a call from Dennis Gaynor, a representative of Handi-Lift, a provider of accessibility equipment for homes and commercial buildings in New Jersey and New York. Handi-Lift’s mission of accessibility with dignity has been guiding the company since 1975.

Dennis explained that Handi-Lift wanted to give back to the community by helping a family in need by furnishing and installing a well-deserved Stannah stairlift. The Chapter was happy to bring these parties together to make life easier for Wanda. Hope and Wanda are thrilled! Wanda says, “We are forever thankful for making such a huge impact on our lives.“ Hope continues, “This was a huge struggle for my mom, and now she can move freely up and down the stairs.”

Handi-Lift is grateful to the Chapter for identifying an appropriate person with an immediate need for a stairlift. James Boydston, the owner of Handi-Lift explained that, “Once the connection was made with a user in need, everything just worked out so smoothly. It was such a blessing to see the smile on Wanda’s face upon her taking the first ride up the stairs.”

The entire process took less than a month to accomplish. After communicating a vision of assisting a NMSS client, the home was surveyed, the stairs were measured, the lift was ordered, and in one morning it was installed and handed over to Wanda. A great ending for all involved! 

Our column will keep you advised on accessibility in the area both in public and at home.

Handi-Lift has been providing accessibility with dignity since 1975 and we want to share what we have learned over the years.

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