As you may know, I recently launched a series of blog posts discussing the benefits of overhead lifts and questioning why assisted-living facilities were not using them in this country. To gather data I had a meeting with the owner of Pacific Mobility (installed my lifts) and representatives of Prism Medical (manufactured my lifts). during the course of the meeting, someone mentioned that Sunrise Senior Living had a policy against lifting residents without mechanical assistance.
As soon as I approached the entrance of Sunrise at La Costa, I knew this was a place I wanted to live.
After the meeting I looked them up and discovered Sunrise was one of the the original assisted living programs for the United States and has grown to about 300 facilities in the US, Canada and Great Britain. Their founders were from Holland and their story is worth reading. You can find it on the Sunrise website
Sunrise has facilities in the San Diego area that I had previously ruled out because of the locations. However I decided to give Sunrise at La Costa a call. I learned that they that do have a policy against most manual lifting however they use floor lifts to accomplish it. So of course I told them all about the advantages of overhead lifting and directed them to this site. After watching the video and reading my previous post, they decided to ask regional management for permission to give it a try. Hallelujah! They agreed.
Beautiful views of Batiquitos Lagoon are just a few minutes away by wheelchair.
I learned that living here would cost me nearly double what I have been paying at Huntington Manor. But since I had made such an issue of finding another facility that would accept me and my lifts I felt I had no choice but to make the move. I’ve been here several weeks now and am truly enjoying this new environment. For one thing, I am only a 30 minute wheelchair ride from the ocean. For longer trips, the local bus stops right in front every half-hour seven days a week. Also, because I am disabled, I get to ride for free on both the bus and the local rail transit.
In an attempt to make my relatively meager funds hold out, I have taken on two freelance clients. Fortunately since my background is in marketing consultation and writing, I can accomplish both mostly online with the aid of voice recognition.
Pacific Mobility owner Jeff Conner presents me with a brand-new overhead lift mechanism courtesy of Prism Medical.
More news to lift my spirits: Last week, Jeff Conner, the owner of Pacific Mobility stopped by with a free lift, courtesy of Prism Medical and installed the lift along with brand-new batteries.
By the way, this does not mark the end of my series on the advantages of overhead lifts. There are still thousands of assisted living and skilled nursing facilities that have not seen the light. Perhaps even more importantly there are countless caregivers trying to transfer and transport their disabled loved ones without the aid that an overhead lift could provide.
Note: if you reached this page from my series of posts on the subject of assisted living, here is how to get back:
Index for series of articles about assisted living.
Introductory article plus updates.
Is it time for assisted living?
Making the decision to move to assisted living, emotionally, practically and financially.
How we chose the facility we did.
Deciding what to take, what to leave, how to adjust our expectations.
What life in assisted living has been like.
How can we make assisted living better for the physically disabled?