Shopping for a Home Stair Lift

Do you find yourself needing a little help to get up the stairs in your home?  Whether it be a chronic issue or a temporary one; here are some things to consider when shopping for a home stair lift.

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Bruno Elan Straight Stair Lift

1. Assess your physical needs:
Take a real honest assessment of your needs when you are thinking about getting a home stair lift installed.  Are you recovering from a surgery that will be a temporary situation where you will fully recover (knee replacement, broken leg, etc.)?  Do you suffer from an ailment that will require physical assistance for the foreseeable future (arthritis, use a cane, etc.).

There are two options when shopping for a stair lift; rent or buy.  Many dealers can install a temporary stair lift for those short term ailments which is a great option for those who don’t require the use of a home stair lift for more than a year.  One thing to keep in mind is (1) the cost of the annual rental vs. purchasing one outright (2) realistic short term need; you may find the convenience of the lift outweigh the actual need for it.  You might like having the stair lift in your home.

2. Research the different manufacturers of stair lifts
There are many companies that make stair lifts; from small mom and pop manufacturers to international corporations.  Take your time and research each company and find the right stair lift for you and your needs.  The most expensive might not be what you need.  The cheapest might not be the best quality.  What are the costs of each; what is the warranty of each, etc.?  Always remember to read consumer reviews of these lifts on crytico.

Bruno is a major player in the space of home modifications.  Founded in 1984, Bruno has risen as a world leader in vehicle lifts for wheelchairs and scooters. Innovation and consistency have been their motto for success when making lifts, transfer seats, and stair lifts.
Harmar is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of innovative mobility and accessibility solutions designed to help individuals increase their independence and quality. 
Acorn stairlifts benefit from contemporary design and the very latest innovations in manufacturing. Acorn was the first manufacturer of stairlifts that powered their stairlifts with the use of DC batteries.
Stannah is a fifth generation family-owned business, recognized around the world for their ability to return independence. Stannah build stair lifts that are renown for their safety sensibilities and expert craftsmanship. 

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Harmar home stair lift – Helix curved

3. What kind of stair lift?
Do you need a straight or curved stair lift?  Do you need an indoor or outdoor lift?  All of these options bring a variety of manufacturers and prices.

4. Installation Options:
Most manufacturers of home stair lifts use a dealer network who sell, install and service the lifts.  These local dealers are certified my the manufacturer to ensure uniform and safe installation.  Just like with doing your due diligence of the actual lift, ensure you are looking into the installer.  Does the local dealer sell multiple lifts, or just one manufacturer?  Have they installed 5 or 50 lifts?
Some manufacturers sell the stair lift direct and have company installers come to your home.  While this may save a little money; what happens if the lift breaks down?  What is their repair policy, timeframe?
What type of reviews do these mobility dealers have?  Ensure you look on Crytico.com and hear what past customers have to say about their work and customer satisfaction.

Older animals love to catch a ride!

Older animals love to catch a ride!

A home stair lift can bring back independence in your home.  What might start out as a need will soon turn into a huge convenience.  Animals will hitch a ride; getting heavy laundry upstairs, etc.  You will find countless uses for your home stair lift.

 

 

 

New Jersey Abilities Expo – May 1-3, 2015

It was another great weekend for Crytico in New Jersey!  Over the three days of the Abilities Expo trade show, we had the pleasure of speaking with lots of consumers from all over the Northeast.

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Our new friend John

Our main goal for exhibiting at the expo is to grow awareness for Crytico.com.  Since the website is fairly new, any exposure we can get for it is wonderful and the expo provides a perfect medium to promote it.  Lots of people wanted to give us reviews on the spot, like the ones below:

Braun Chrysler Wheechair Van

Savaria Home Elevator

Pride Go-Go LX

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Brett and Monique

We also had the pleasure of meeting Brett from a unique website called BrettApproved.com.  Brett started Brettapprved a year ago and it is a review website for the accessibility of restaurants, theaters and hotels.  Where yelp users rate the food, the cleanliness of various places, Brettapproved lets people write about how accessible all of these places are.  ADA standards are great, but they cover the bare minimum of what many users actually need.

Let us know if you have any questions or feedback for us.  info@crytico.com / 844-CRYTICO

Helpful Tips When Shopping for Mobility Products

Whether you are in the market for a walker or a wheelchair accessible vans, shopping for mobility products can be overwhelming and frustrating at times.  It can also, and should be, interesting and fun.  We’ve created some helpful tips for you to use when you start your search for any type of mobility solution.

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Getting Started
Get yourself a notebook or create a folder on your computer/tablet so you can stay organized.  Firstly, do some initial research online for the product you are in the market for and list the various manufacturers you find.  For example, if you are in the market for a home stair lift, do some google searches on “home stair lift manufacturer”.  Write the manufacturers, their website URL’s and phone numbers in your notebook.  Secondly, do research on the various products made by those manufacturers you identified.  For example, do you need a curved stair lift vs. a straight stair lift?   Do you want a side entry wheelchair van or a rear entry accessible van?  Then eliminate any manufacturers that don’t make exactly what you need. Next, call the manufacturers you have left on your list and ask them questions like:
1. Do you have a local dealer in my area?  If so, get the information and write it down; get the dealer/s website URL and phone number.  We also suggest getting multiple dealers so you can get multiple quotes.
2. What makes your product better/different than your competition?
3. What is your warranty and how does the process work in the event something goes wrong?
4. What is your MSRP pricing?

Remember to take notes for each person you talk to and ask each manufacturer the same questions so you can compare the information you gathered.  Get their name, the date and time you talked with them, highlights of your conversation, etc.  You’ll be surprised how taking a little bit of time to document everything will make things so much easier in the long run.

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Insurance
Call your insurance company/companies as some mobility products can be covered by medicare, medicaid and private insurance.  Again, take notes for who you talked with, when and the highlights of the conversation.  If you are in he market for wheelchairs, or other durable medical equipment the insurance part can be very confusing so the more organized you are, the better.

Organizations
If you have a disability that has a national organization like Multiple Sclerosis Cerebral Palsy or Paralyzed Veterans of America, contact them as they may have resources and funding assistance available.

Reviews
Now that you have information on the products you want to investigate further, the dealers that support those products and a ballpark of price, it’s time to read peer reviews.  Log onto www.crytico.com and first enter your zip code to read reviews on mobility dealers.  Does one have better reviews than another?  Does the dealer respond to customer reviews?  Next, search for the products you have researched and read those consumer reviews.  Those reviews might help lean you in a certain direction or may steer you away from a product and/or mobility provider.

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Dealers and Providers
You’ve read the reviews and narrowed down a couple of dealers to contact.  Have a list of questions ready that you want to ask them, like:
1. What is the price of the product and any installation that may be involved
2. Ask them if they handle insurance if anything is covered from your previous research
3. Ask them about the product you have researched; do they recommend it, ask about their quality records, any warranty issues, etc.
4. If you are in the market for a wheelchair van or wheelchair, ensure you try it out to ensure a proper fit.

Remember to write down who you talked to, and when.  By the time you area at this step, you may have talked with a dozen people so your diligent notes will come in handy.

Notes, Notes, Notes
We cannot stress this enough; notes and more notes.  Don’t risk frustration and disappointment.

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Have some fun and be your best advocate during the shopping process; no one is going to fight harder for you than you!  As always, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Crytico for any assistance during this process.  844-CRYTICO / info@crytico.com

Crytico’s iPad Promotion

Each month, Crytico.com runs a promotion for people to win an iPad; and it’s soooo easy!  All you have to do is write a review on a mobility product or mobility dealer and boom, you are automatically entered into the random drawing.  AND, the more reviews you make, the more chances you have to win.

Crytico iPad promotion

Here are some past winners with links to their reviews.

January Crytico iPad Winner – Tim:
Click below to read Tim’s reviews on his local mobility dealer, ramp, wheelchair securement and wheelchair accessible van.
R&R Mobility Review
PVI Ramp Review
Q’Straint Review
VMI Van Review

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Tim and his daughter Kristen

February Crytico iPad Winner – Darcy:
Click below to read Darcy’s reviews on her mobility dealers.
IMED Mobility, South Dakota
RollxVans, Minnesota

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Darcy and her new iPad!

March Crytico iPad Winner – Bud:
Click below to read Bud’s reviews on his dealer and wheelchair lift
MobilityWorks, CA Review
Braun Vangater Lift Review

Writing a review on Crytico is as easy as 1…2…3:
1.  Click here to register on Crytico.com – http://www.crytico.com/register.  The reason why you must register is for authentication purposes; we want to make sure you are a real person writing a real review.
2. Login using the username/password you created
3. Find the mobility dealer by typing in your zip code and find the product you wish to review by typing in the brand in the search bar; click a star rating, a title for your review and start writing.

Best of luck and let us know if you have any questions.
844-CRYTICO
info@crytico.com

 

 

Top 5 Rated Power Wheelchairs

Shopping for a powered wheelchair can be challenging for a couple of reasons.   First and foremost there are so many to choose from and coupled with that is the myriad of options of where to purchase them; online or at a local durable medical equipment provider.  Secondly, the emotional aspect for having the need of a power chair can be difficult for some people.  Lastly, they aren’t cheap so do your research and read reviews on Crytico.com.

Permobil C300

Permobil C300

Based on your reviews, here are the top 5 rated powered wheelchairs on Crytico.com

#1 Rated Power Wheelchair– Permobil C300

Permobil is one of the largest wheelchair manufacturers in the world with hundreds of thousands of customers.  The C300 is an engineering marvel along with comfort and simplicity.  Along with its power also comes a compact size to maneuver in tight spaces.  Some specifications include a 300lb weight capacity, 50 degrees of tilt and 175 degrees of recline.  Lastly, you can choose the color to give your wheelchair a little personality.  Click here to read reviews on the Permobil C300

# 2 Rated Power Wheelchair – Invacare Pronto M51

With a tagline of “Yes, you can”, it conveys the promise of the Invacare brand to support consumers. The pronto 51 is an indoor/outdoor wheelchair with a great combination of power and performance. Built with a patented Sure Step technology that allows for smooth driving over thresholds and transitions.  The weight capacity is 300lbs, 6 Wheels on the ground provide great stability and includes the programmable MK5 electronic controller for precise, custom driver control.  Click here to read reviews on the Invacare Pronto M51

#3 Rated Power Wheelchair – Quantum Rehab 6 Edge

Quantum is a division of Pride Mobility and it designs and manufactures complex rehabilitation solutions for individuals with comprehensive mobility needs. The 6 Edge carries a complete range of seating and electronics options to give you the best fit and feel. Complete with 10 colors to choose from, like orion yellow or pearl pink. Have a need for speed, this chair can go 6mph with the high speed motor option. Click here to read reviews on the Quantum Rehab 6 Edge.

Quantum 6 Edge Pink Pearl Base

Quantum 6 Edge Pink Pearl Base

#4 Rated Power Wheelchair – Pride Jazzy 600 ES

Pride Mobility has been making quality scooters and wheelchairs for almost 30 years with an excellent reputation.  The Jazzy 600 ES is provides excellent performance and exceptional stability. Its compact design and standard Active-Trac® ATX Suspension allows it to maneuver easily indoors and out, making it a superb, all-around power chair. This wheelchair also has a 600lb weight capacity. Click here to read reviews on the Pride Jazzy 600 ES.

#5 Rated Power Wheelchair – Pride Jazzy Select Elite

Rounding out the top 5 power wheelchairs, as rated by you on Crytico.com, is the Jazzy Select Elite.  This powerchair is front wheel drive and boasts in-line technology to provide stability and a tight turning radius. It also has wheelchair has dual-layer powder coated frame for increased durability and a black high-back seat with removable, replaceable foam and vinyl.  Click here to read reviews on the Pride Jazzy Select Elite.

Pride Jazzy Select Elite

Pride Jazzy Select Elite

 

What do you like, dislike, love, etc. about your wheelchair?  Leave a review today on Crytico.com for a chance to win an iPad.  Email info@crytico.com with any questions.

Crytico Adds Several New Partners, Including MobilityWorks

Tea, SD – March 24, 2015 – Crytico, LLC, the first and only review site that is 100% dedicated to mobility products and services, announced today the addition of several new partners including MobilityWorks.  These partnerships are beneficial for the growth of the entire mobility industry.

MobilityWorks

Today’s news will expand the reach of consumer awareness for Crytico as well as help shape business development and grow customer satisfaction of its new partners. Among the new partners are Adaptive Driving Access which has four locations in Texas, MobilityWorks which has 34 locations nationwide, Total Mobility Services who services customers in PA and MD and 101Mobility of Wilmington, NC, San Jose, CA and Sarasota, FL.

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“Partners like MobilityWorks are vital to the growth of Crytico and the entire mobility industry,” said Monique McGivney a mobility advocate with Crytico.  “Until Crytico launched, consumers of mobility products and services had difficulty finding online reviews for products that are unique to them; like home stair lifts, driving aids and wheelchair accessible vans.   By having thousands of mobility products and the local dealers who sell and install those products in one medium, Crytico.com, it benefits everyone involved in the buying process which can be overwhelming for some consumers.”Power Wheelchair

Crytico is a platform for consumers to read reviews written by their peers when shopping for a mobility device; like home ramp modifications, wheelchair lift, transfer seat, etc.  While reading reviews for those various products, they can also obtain competitive quotes from local dealers who sell those products. After their experience with the mobility dealer and/or the product they purchased, customers can leave their feedback for future consumers by rating and writing reviews on Crytico.com.  A unique feature of Crytico is the authentication of all reviews that are written on their website.  This authentication process involves a phone call to the reviewer to ensure legitimacy of the review.

About Crytico Crytico.com was created by industry experts who have worked in the mobility product arena for several decades, recognizing a void of opinions on products and services customers purchase. Crytico.com is the first and only premier review site that is 100% dedicated to mobility products and services mobility dealers provide. For more information contact Monique@crytico.com.

Tradeshows & Expos for People with Disabilities

Ever wish there was one place you could go and see hundreds of different products and talk to manufacturer representatives? Well, you are in luck as there are multiple wonderful events around the country that take place annually.

Abilities Expo

Abilities Expo
Now in six cities across the nation, each Abilities Expo offers three days of access to the latest technologies and resources for ALL disabilities, informative workshops on issues that most resonate with the Community and fun activities like adaptive sports, dance, assistive animal demos and more. Here are dates and links to the 2015 Abilities Expo Schedule:
Los Angeles – March 6-8
New York/New Jersey – May 1-3
Chicago – June 12-14
Houston – July 31-Aug 2
Boston – Sept 18-20
Washington, DC – Dec 4-6

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The show will bring together thousands of home medical equipment providers, home health care professionals, and leading manufacturers of home health care products and technology. Medtrade shows continue to be the largest forums for Home Medical Equipment products and services, educational sessions on current issues and networking with your industry peers.  Medtrade offers two expos:
Las Vegas – March 31-April 1
Fall show dates and locations are TBD

In addition to these massive expos many local mobility dealers in your area hold “Open Houses” where they invite manufacturer reps and have lots of products on display.  To locate dealers in your area, go to Crytico and enter your zip code into the Mobility Dealer search.

As always, you can use Crytico as a great resource to browse through thousands of different products.  We can connect you with authorized sellers of products for any further information you may need.  Contact us anytime at info@crytico.com.

 

 

 

How Does Crytico Work – Part 3: Getting The Best Quote

At the core of Crytico.com is mobility reviews and empowering consumers to write and read reviews on thousands of mobility products and local providers who sell and install those products.  One benefit of having thousands of products and listed on the Crytico website is the ability for you to do research as well as get quotes and be connected with authorized distributors of those products.

How do I get a quote?
Glad you asked, it’s as easy as four steps:

1. Go to www.crtico.com and click on one of the 3 main verticals that fits he product you are researching.  There is Vehicle Mobility Products that would include anything that has to do with a vehicle, i.e. driving controls, lift seats, wheelchair securement, scooter lifts and wheelchair vans.  The second category is Personal Mobility Products that includes scooters, wheelchairs (both power and manual), standing aids, sporting adaptive equipment, etc.  The last category is Home Mobility Products which has to do with things in and around your home like stair lifts, ramps, ceiling rail systems, and platform lifts.

Mobility Vehicle Review2. Let’s say in this example the customer is looking for a wheelchair lift for their vehicle.  They would click on the “Lift” icon which takes you to a page of all types of wheelchair and scooter lifts for vehicles as shown below.

wheelchair lift

3. You can click on any product to (1) read about the product (2) read other customer’s reviews (3) click “more info” to get more information (4) get a quote if you are interested in buying that product.

joey brunu review4. This customer wanted to get a quote on this Bruno Joey wheelchair lift, so they clicked on “Get a Quote” which takes them to a consumer information screen.  Fill out the few pieces of information, hit “submit” and off your request goes to authorized vendors in your area that sell that product.

product inquiry on crytico

5. Sit back and let the quotes start coming in!  The information is sent to multiple suppliers to ensure you are getting the best quote for the product you need.  After you speak with the various local dealers, you can then go back to Crytico and read reviews on their service as written by their current customers.

We hope this information was useful.  Please contact us anytime with any questions; info@crytico.com or call 844-CRYTICO.

 

How Does Crytico Work – Part 2: Reading Reviews on Products and Services

In part 1 of this blog, we focused on writing reviews and rating mobility products and services.  In this blog post we will concentrate on making the most of those reviews that have been written by your peers.

First we should point out that Crytico is a great resource whether you’ve used mobility products / services for decades or are brand new to this world of assisted devices.  With thousands of products on the website and hundreds of local mobility providers, consumers can browse crytico.com and get introduced to products and services they didn’t know exist.  Once you find a product that may interest you, click the “more info” or “get quote” button to be connected with a dealer who sells that product.  You no longer have to visit dozens of websites to figure out who sells what where…let us do the work for you.  Crytico brings everything together in one website.

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Did you know there was such a think as Automatic Door Openers for your home?   What about Standing Devices which are a great help for caregivers?  People are surprised to hear that Toyota makes a Sienna minivan equipped with a transfer seat called the Auto Access Seat.  These products and thousands more are listed on Crytico.com.

Tips for reading reviews on Crytico.com

  • Are they real?  Yes!  Every reviewer on Crytico.com is authenticated to ensure 100% authenticity.  If we cannot make contact with the reviewer, the post is removed from our website.
  • Find reviews that give specific information.  Hearing that a product or local provider is “great” is always good to hear, but does that help your buying decision?  Did the person mention a particular person they like or a particular feature that makes their life easier/harder?
  • Don’t be turned off by “negative” reviews.  Sometimes negative reviews are written out of frustration that may exacerbate a situation.  Thoroughly read the review and see if that person’s grief is warranted and see if there is a string of negative reviews on the same issue.  This may be a red flag.
  • How does the company respond to reviews?  Whether you are in the market for a wheelchair van, or looking for a local dealer who sells handicap accessible vans, it’s nice to see how the companies respond to people who have taken the time to write reviews on their products and/or business.

As always, contact us with any questions; info@crytico.com!

Coming up in Part 3:  Getting the best quote 

 

 

How Does Crytico Work – Part 1: Rate and Review products and services

We’ve received some interesting questions since “opening our doors” in September of 2014.  Crytico.com is a multi-faceted website and while reviews is at its core, the site has so much more to offer.  In the age of social media and being able to tap into information in seconds, why should the mobility industry be any different?

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The first in our multi-part series is writing reviews:

Rate and Review a local mobility dealer / provider

Buying any type of mobility equipment involves an experience with a local retailer, which are called a “provider” or “mobility dealer”.  Whether you’ve purchased a mobility scooter, portable ramp or wheelchair van, you’ve done business with at least one local mobility provider.  How was your experience with them?  Did the recommended product fit your needs and budget?  Do they treat you with respect and put you first?  Regardless of your answer, telling your peers about your experience will help steer them in the right direction.  Whether you would recommend or tell someone to stay clear of your local dealer, it’s valuable information that we’re sure you wish you had prior to buying from them.

How do I rate and review my local dealer?
1. Go to www.crytico.com
2. Click “Register” at the top right of the page.  Since every reviewer is authenticated for legitimacy purposes, everyone must register with Crytico.
3. Log into Crytico with the username / password you created
4. From the Crytico home page www.crytico.com enter your zip code into the “Find and Review Local Dealers”
5. Find your dealer/provider in the list of dealers and click on their location
6. Enter in a star rating from 1-5 (1 being the worst and 5 being the best)
7. Give your review a title like “Outstanding Service” or “Not Recommended” etc.
8. Lastly, write your review and hit the submit review button
9. You will get an option to share your review on Facebook which we recommend

Rate and Review your mobility products / devices

You may own one mobility product like a home stair lift.  Or, you may own dozens of mobility solutions like a wheelchair, transfer seat, driving controls, accessible truck, etc.  Crytico gives you the opportunity to rate and review any and all of your mobility products.  Do you love a certain feature of your wheelchair that you want to rave about?  Does that home ramp make your life and home easier to manage?  Are you driving with hand controls?  Any feedback you have is vital to future consumers of those products.  Help your peers find great products or stay away from bad products by leaving your feedback on Crytico.

Bruno Stair Lift

Bruno Stair Lift

How do I rate and review my mobility device / product?
1. Go to www.crytico.com
2. Click “Register” at the top right of the page.  Since every reviewer is authenticated for legitimacy purposes, everyone must register with Crytico.
3. Log into Crytico with the username / password you created
4. From the Crytico home page www.crytico.com you can enter the brand name or manufacturer into the search bar at the top of the page.
5. Find your product in the list that appears and click on it
6. Enter in a star rating from 1-5 (1 being the worst and 5 being the best)
7. Give your review a title like “I love my handicap van” or “Not Recommended” etc.
8. Lastly, write your review and hit the submit review button
9. You will get an option to share your review on Facebook which we recommend

As a consumer, you know how confusing the process of buying mobility equipment can be.  Help your peers by rating and reviewing products and services in the mobility space.

Coming up in Part 2 – Reading Reviews on Products and Services