How to choose a lift chair?

Lift chairs make standing and sitting much easier for people with limited mobility.  Lift chairs also ease the pressure placed on your joints during sitting and standing.  They can help ease the pain of sitting and standing for people who suffer from stiff joints or conditions like arthritis, severe back pain and other related conditions, especially models with therapeutic benefits like integrated massage and heat features.  Lift chairs are also a great option for seniors who need a little extra help getting up and down.

SIZE:  Power lift chairs come in numerous sizes to accommodate many different heights and weights.  Size and weight limits vary for each brand and model but typically range from petite/small to heavy duty/XXL with up to a 700 pound weight capacity.

POSITIONING:  Will you be sleeping in your power lift chair?  If so, you might wish to consider an infinite position chair, allowing you to adjust the chair into the most comfortable position.   This feature generally allows you to control the chair back separately from the foot of the chair providing you with endless positioning options.  Some chairs will also have features such as power pillows or power lumbar support to meet your comfort needs.

FABRICS AND COLORS:  Lift chairs generally are available in a large variety of fabrics and colors.  Some companies use fabrics that combine durability and comfort like polyester that come in various colors to match most décor styles.

SPACE LIMITATIONS:  You will need to make sure your power lift chair will fit in your room as most will need to sit away from the wall.  Many companies do offer lift chairs that are designed to be placed within 4-6 inches of a wall.  The base on normal lift chairs stays in one place when reclined; however, these “space saver” chairs glide forward as you recline and require less space behind them.

SERVICE AFTER THE SALE:  Your lift chair may need serviced over time due to not working as it once did.  You will want to consider this when purchasing a new lift chair as not all dealers offer this service and parts may not be available for all lift chair models from other suppliers.   Oftentimes, a hand control may go bad and can easily and economically be replaced if there are parts available.  New Visions Medical Equipment, Inc. services everything we sell.

BATTERY BACKUP:  Many lift chairs have a battery backup system incorporated.  This feature should be powerful enough to raise your chair at least once to allow you to get out of the chair should your power go out.

HEAT AND MASSAGE FUNCTIONS:  Power lift chair features vary from model to model and some will offer integrated heat and massage options with massagers for specific pressure points in your back and legs as well as heat for your lumbar area.

At New Visions, we strongly recommend that you try several different styles before deciding on a chair.  We have a large selection available in our showroom and would love to help you in your selection.


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Ask Sarah: Do I qualify for home modifications?

Do I qualify for home modifications?

Ohio Medicaid recipients may be eligible for home modification services as approved by their case manager through the waiver program.  Programs such as Passport, Ohio Homecare Program (Carestar) and the Department of Developmental Disabilities have active programs to meet the accessibility needs of their consumers.  New Visions Medical Equipment, Inc. works with each of these programs providing exceptional services in the installation of ADA ramps, portable ramps, stairlifts, ceiling lifts, bathroom modifications including but not limited to roll in and walk in showers.  Our expert contractors can handle the most problematic needs of the consumer.  We are also available for Private pay clients who want the professionalism required to maintain the integrity of their home.  Call us for a free consultation and estimate.  New Visions Medical Equipment, Inc is located in Coldwater, Ohio and services a wide area in Midwest Ohio, Including but not limited to Mercer, Darke, Auglaize, Van Wert, Allen, Shelby counties.

Accessibility Never Looked So Good!

When you think of bathroom adaptability & accessibility, do you envision beautiful ceramic, stone, or glass tile?

You should!

We are launching a new Designer Shower display at Homan Interior’s new Showroom so you can see for yourself how beautiful an accessible bathroom can be!

With our Designer Series showers, tub/shower combinations, and shower pans, you can count on the quality, peace-of-mind and worry-free maintenance for which Bestbath® is known, while enjoying a customized look that will add a “wow factor” to your project.

Featuring custom recessed panels for inlaid tile accents and available with a range of barrier-free and residential curbed options, the Designer Series provides an elegant look for traditional installations or for universal design and other accessible applications.

Bestbath’s Designer Series single- and multi-piece showers and tub combos offer custom molded recesses on the side and/or back walls. These panels can be filled with a limitless array of decorative styles, such as colorful glass or ceramic, providing a custom design that lets you carry backsplash tile work onto your shower walls and/or floor.

Multi-piece units feature our patented interlocking system technology for smooth installation and a tight seal, preventing leaks or water damage.

Stop by Homan Interior’s new Showroom Grand Opening Open House to check out our Designer Shower Display! Located at 195 Schwieterman Drive in New Bremen. Open House will be held Friday, March 31 from 12-6, Saturday, April 1 from 8-2 and Sunday, April 2 from 11-3.  Homan Interiors is a custom cabinetry business who has been in business for 20 years. Stop by to see their beautiful work and how they can transform your dreams into a reality!

Buzzaround XLS Scooter

Scooters have arrived for Spring!

It’s that time of year again! The sun is out, temperatures are rising and flowers are starting to pop up from the ground.  Spring is here! One of the best things about spring is being able to enjoy it outdoors.  If you are one of many American’s who struggle with their mobility, spring may not seem as enjoyable as it used to.  Just because your mobility may not be as good as it once was, doesn’t mean you should sit on the sidelines.  Get outdoors this spring with a new scooter!

There is a new scooter in town this year, and it definitely will help you enjoy life again! That new scooter is the one and only Buzzaround XLS scooter from Golden Technologies.  The Buzzaround XLS comes in both 3 and 4-wheel models and features:

  • 300 lb. weight capacity

  • Ultra Bright LED headlight standard

  • Charging port below the control panel

  • 3 inch ground clearance

  • Red and Blue Shroud panels included FREE

  • Disassembles quickly and easily for transport

  • NEW Comfort Spring Suspension for a smoother ride

This scooter is the best travel scooter on the market!  You can even take the battery pack out of the scooter and charge just the battery pack, making it convenient for keeping your scooter in your vehicle for traveling.

So don’t stay cooped up indoors this spring.  Enjoy it outside on a brand new scooter! We have both the 3 and the 4-wheeled models in-stock.  Stop by and give one a test drive today!  We will even show you how quickly they can come apart!

For anyone who purchases a new scooter during the month of March, we will enter your name into a drawing to win 4 FREE Dayton Dragons baseball tickets!  P.s. They are handicap seats too!

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Ask Sarah: I need to be able to get down the stairs, but my arthritis is too bad. Do you have a solution?

Dear Sarah,

I have been having trouble lately with my arthritis in my knees.  It’s so bad that I can’t get down my basement steps anymore without extreme pain.  I need to have access to my basement because my laundry room is down there.  What if I need to get down the stairs quickly due to a storm? I just don’t know what to do.  Do you have any solutions?

Thanks in advance,

Jean, Sidney, OH


Hi Jean,

I am sorry to hear that your arthritis is causing you so much pain! I understand your need and concern to be able to get down into your basement.  If you are unable to relocate your washer and dryer, or would rather just keep them down the basement, then a simple solution would be to have a stairlift installed.  By installing a stairlift, you would be able to safely and quickly access your basement while remaining seated- no more painful knees! Having a stairlift installed is easier and more affordable than you might think! In the past few years they have designed more economical models, making them more affordable for everyone.  Installing one only take a few hours and doesn’t take up too much space on your stairway so you can still walk up and down the stairs if you want too.  You can even put your laundry basket on the seat of the stairlift and send your laundry up and down so you don’t have to worry about carrying a basket and navigating the stairs at the same time! The stairlift runs on battery, so if there would be a power outage due to a storm, you can still access your basement safely.

If you would like a free estimate on a stairlift, please give us a call! 419-678-4979. I hope you find some relief soon!


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Ask Sarah: How Can Dad Shower Independently Again?

Dear Sarah,

My father has recently had one of his legs amputated.  We are trying to help him as much as possible with the transition home and we need help in his bathroom.  How will he be able to independently shower again?

Thanks in advance,

Amanda, New Bremen, Ohio


Hi Amanda,

I am sure your father and your family is very overwhelmed by this change in his life.  Showering independently is one thing that nobody wants to give up, no matter the circumstances!

There are several ways that the bathroom can be adapted so that your father can still bath in the comfort of his own home.  Depending on his abilities, I would first consider using a transfer bench– it’s the most economical solution.  One side of the bench sits outside of the bathtub and the other half is on the inside.  Your father can sit on the outside and then slide himself over into the tub- all while remaining seated! It’s a safer option verses trying to climb in the tub while standing.  You can also install a hand-held shower to making showering from the seated position more comfortable as well.

There is also the option of a Safeway Step.  This is something that we can install into the existing bathtub.  The Safeway Step removes the barrier of the tub wall making it easier to get in and out of the shower.  You can place a shower chair inside the tub for your father to sit down while inside.  This option is nice if you don’t want the bulk of the transfer bench in the bathroom and if other people will be using the bathtub as well.  Just slide your shower curtain over the tub when finished and nobody will know you have made any changes to the bathtub!

If neither one of those two options sound feasible, then you can also look into replacing your fathers existing bathtub with a luxury barrier-free shower.  This option is the safest and (in my opinion) most beautiful way to accommodate your father’s accessibility needs.  By installing a barrier-free shower, your father will be able to safely and easily access his shower with nothing in his way!  A fold down seat, grab bars and hand held shower can all be installed in the shower to make his shower experience as safe as can be!

I hope this helps in the planning process to bring your father home!  We would be more than happy to come out to his home to assess his individual needs and to offer a free estimate to get his bathroom ready for him! Just give us a call at 419-678-4979!


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Help Us Combat Cuts to Medicare!

This week is a critical week and our last chance to protect seniors and people with disabilities who rely on medical equipment. Please read…

On January 1, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid will expand a program called competitive bidding. The competitive bidding program expansion will slash reimbursement rates for important medical equipment such as oxygen, walkers, wheelchairs and complex rehab equipment (seat and back cushions, power recline and tilt systems, specialty drive controls, etc.)

This change will make it very difficult for millions of Americans to find the vital equipment they need or require people to pay out of pocket for their medical supplies.


Without assistance from Medicare, many beneficiaries will not be able to afford medical technologies they rely on for daily living.  Multiple bills have been introduced  in Congress mandating CMS stop the cuts and fix the program! We need your help to push these bills past the finish line. If you haven’t done so yet, PLEASE send messages to your legislators today.

Urge your legislators to preserve access to quality equipment and care. 

Message them here

Please note: In order for the bidding expansion to be, the bills must be passed and enacted by December 31, 2015.


3 Reasons a Lift Chair Would Make the Perfect Gift this Holiday Season (and how you can save BIG!)

Holiday season is right around the corner, and you may find yourself stuck trying to figure out what to get Mom or Dad for Christmas this year. It’s often difficult to find gifts that are not only enjoyable but functional as well. Before you fill their house with holiday candy, sweaters, and other items they may not necessarily need, make sure you consider the item that may make things easier on them (and you!) for years to come.

Lift Chairs: The Perfect Gift for Mom or Dad            

If you notice Mom or Dad has been struggling to get in and out of their chair lately, or has become seemingly weak when it comes to everyday activities, a lift chair may be the perfect gift for your loved one this holiday season! Lift chairs present a myriad of advantages for seniors, such as:

  • Independence
  • Reduced risk of injury
  • Ease of mobility
  • Opportunity to remain in home
  • More spacious than normal chairs

However, they also pose a multitude of benefits for caregivers as well, such as:

  • Saving time
  • Increasing safety
  • Avoiding Injury

Aside from these advantages, lift chairs allow for reduced stress between the caregiver and their senior loved one (What a blessing that would be!). Make life easier for both you and your aging loved one this holiday season, and give them something they’ll really appreciate! At New Visions, we offer lift chairs to fit the style and comfort needs of all individuals. Choose from a wide range of endless style options to help increase mobility and comfort for your loved one today!

P.S. This month only we are offering 10% off ALL lift chairs! Stop in today to try one out or give us a call at 419.678.4979 for more information!

5 Reasons to Shop Local this Holiday Season

With the holidays right around the corner, now is the perfect time to determine where you will do your shopping. Where you choose to shop can not only affect the economy, but also the environment. Because the holidays are quickly approaching, we know the number of advertisements we see on television, the internet billboards, and print magazines, newspapers, etc., will quickly soar. However, caught in the middle of all of the hustle and bustle large retailers bring during the holiday season, are the small, local businesses. Why should you consider buying local this holiday season, rather than investing in gifts from the big-box retailers? We have pulled together 5 spectacular reasons below!

Benefits of Shopping Locally

  1. Create more jobs. Small businesses are among the largest employers in the country and offer a multitude of jobs, particularly to those in the local community. Not only do independent businesses employ more individuals per each dollar of revenue, but they also are the customers of local accountants, wholesalers, farmers, printers, etc. Support your local businesses, and you will create jobs for your friends, your loved ones, and even yourself.
  2. Keep the community unique, and let it thrive. There is nothing more fulfilling than watching a small community develop and thrive as the years roll along. Where you shop, eat, and have fun are what helps make your community a HOME and adds a unique sense of character to the area. Plus, studies show that entrepreneurs and skilled workers are more likely to settle in communities that recognize, support and preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses, helping the community to continue to grow and be successful.
  3. Local businesses give back (chain stores [typically] do not). Local businesses are owned by people who live in this community, are less likely to leave, and are more invested in the community’s future. In other words, local businesses, no matter what, are more likely to “do good” for the community and support local causes within the community.
  4. Achieve and receive more diversity. Typically, smaller businesses have a far greater diversity in products and services than that of chain stores. How often do you walk into a chain store and know (for the most part) what you will find? Not in a small business! Small businesses often add an element of surprise in their inventory –because of their ability to be more diverse!
  5. Support yourself. Let’s face it, you’re not just supporting the local businesses, but you’re also in turn supporting YOURSELF. Multiple studies have shown that when you buy from an independent, locally owned business, instead of a large, nationally owned business, a much greater chunk of your money is used to make purchases from other local businesses, service providers and farms which helps to strengthen the economic base of the community. What else does this mean? A greater percentage of local businesses helps keep your taxes lower!

We would love to hear from you! How do you support shopping local? Please visit our Facebook page to share the local businesses you enjoy shopping with most and why!

Ask Sarah: Portable Ramps for the Holidays

Dear Sarah,

My mom recently fell and broke her hip, which means she is now confined to a wheelchair, even over the upcoming holiday months. What are your suggestions for the best way to get her around (easily) this holiday season with her wheelchair? She doesn’t want to be a burden, but we also don’t want her to miss out on all of the quality time with her loved ones this holiday season.

Thanks in advance,

Holly in Columbus, Ohio

Hi Holly,

I completely empathize and understand your concern with wanting your mother around for the holidays. Yet, I also understand that lugging a wheelchair around can be a lot of work, especially when carrying presents, food, etc. for your holiday parties. It seems as if helping your mother get in and out of the location (whether it be a family or friend’s home, a hall rented for Christmas, etc.) will be your largest challenge. While you may be able to lift the wheelchair with your mother in it with the help of several strong helpers, the more simple option, and one which may come in handy in the future, is a portable ramp.

Because not all homes (and let’s be honest, most homes in general) are not built with a wheelchair in mind, it is nice to have a portable ramp that can be taken with you and used in any home environment to get you or your loved one safely inside without any hassle.

Some benefits of a portable ramp include:

  • Lightweight, yet strong
  • Can fold up and take with you anywhere
  • Versatile in size and shape
  • May have warranty options
  • Can be split into multiple sections
  • Easy to use and install

Not only can this ramp help your loved one get into their home, but it can also help them with getting in and out of vehicles, etc. At New Visions, we believe that the addition of a portable ramp could greatly help your mother achieve accessibility and safety without jeopardizing your time.

If you would like more information on our portable ramp selection, give us a call today at 419.678.4979 today or visit our products page!


Sarah at New Visions

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