My name is Vanessa and I currently work for Garaventa Lift. We are a manufacturer of accessibility lifts, home elevators and portable wheelchair lifts that are sold all over the world. I got involved with this company in a large part because I believe very strongly in making the world more accessible.
I have had a lot of personal experiences in my life seeing how inaccessible many places are given the fact that both my best friend and my grandmother are handicapped.
I am excited to participate in this blog as a resource for those who are frustrated by barriers which can hamper access to wheelchairs on a daily basis. I am also going to blog about the different advancements in accessibility equipment globally.
Caitlin (one of my greatest friends) has cerebral palsy and for the most part spends her life outside of her parents’ home in a wheelchair. While she can walk with a specially designed cane, she feels much safer in her chair. I have, countless times, carried her wheelchair up or down stairs so that we can get from point A to point B. Lucky for me she can walk while holding onto a railing, and her wheelchair isn’t too heavy!
My grandma has been struck by a bit of unfortunate luck in her right leg, and can only walk with a walker. I say unfortunate luck because she broke her knee cap running into a store to tell one of her friends that I had been born twenty five years ago. So as a kind of penance, and well because I just plain love her; I carry her walker wherever we need to go if there isn’t an accessible option.
Having recently graduated from university, I am looking forward to providing a resource for those who are looking at the different types of devices needed to make buildings or areas accessible for everyone.
If you have a question about the different types of accessibility lifts available on the market today, please send me a note and I will do my best to provide you the information to help you decide on what type of lift is best for your situation.
Canwest Elevators and Lifts, our Garaventa Lift dealer in Calgary, Alberta, Canada has partnered with Easter Seals, Beattie Homes, Rona Home Center Ogden Road and Garaventa Lift in a new program called “Give a Kid a Lift”.
The ownership group of Canwest Elevator and Lifts has decided to embark on an initiative that will endeavor to supply and install at least one accessibility elevator or inclined platform wheelchair lift into a home each year at no cost to the family. There are many parents that are coping with physically challenged children under very trying circumstances. It is Canwest’s intent to offer them a gift that will help them manage a little easier. Canwest Elevators has been a supporter of Easter Seals for many years and they decided to ask for their assistance in determining the recipient.
This year’s recipient is Lorinda Bye. Lorinda was camping in a tent with her younger sister was struck by a tree that the heavy winds blew down. Her injuries left her paralyzed from the waist down and has confined her to a wheelchair.
The Genesis Shaftway vertical platform lift that was installed will allow Lorinda to access to all levels of her families home and increase her ability to live more independently.
One of Garaventa Lift Foundation’s first projects was the Fitzpatrick family home. The Fitzpatrick home had a competitors inclined platform lift installed many years ago and they were very frustrated with the number of service calls and the expense associated with these repairs. The lift had never worked properly and as their daughter grew this became much more of an issue. Garaventa Lift’s Don Sanchez was aware of this problem and approached Garaventa regarding installing a X3 inclined lift. Vince Sciamanna got in touch with the Fitzpatrick family and arranged to donate this lift to solve the challenges the family was dealing with.
This X3 inclined lift was installed to provide access from the main upstairs living area to the downstairs family room and main entrance of the home. Laura is a charming teenager who is thrilled with her Garaventa Lift and finds it very easy to use. It took Laura a very short amount of time to learn how to use the lift and now she has the independence to travel between both levels of the house. Laura and her family are very pleased with the installation of X3.