Portable Platform Lifts Are an Ideal Solution for Access Challenges

5th Jun 17
When it comes to access solutions, one of the biggest challenges is addressing temporary or infrequent access needs. It wouldn’t make sense, for example, to install a platform lift in a home where it would only be need for a few months. Or to build a ramp or install a lift to provide stage access that may be needed only occasionally. In these situations, the best solution may be a portable...

Swimming Pool Accessibility

3rd Apr 17
The Disability (Access to Premises – Buildings) Standards 2010 is an important piece of legislation that has been in effect since May 2011. This legislation requires that all building approval applications for new buildings or upgrades to existing buildings must comply with guidelines that were created to ensure accessibility to all people. Since their introduction, the Disability Standards have helped improve the accessibility of Australia’s new and upgraded public buildings. This...

Sharing Feedback Received from Our Ageing and Disability in Australia Infographic

24th Feb 17
After publishing our infographic about Ageing and Disability in Australia, we received thoughtful feedback from a number of readers. As a follow up to our infographic, we thought it would be helpful to share some of these insights with you. What we heard The comment we heard most often is that of surprise at the enormity of the issue at hand. While many Australians were aware of the rapid growth of...

Infographic - Ageing and Disability in Australia

22nd Dec 16
Currently in Australia 1 in 5 people are reportedly living with a disability. Almost half of these people are over 65. The aged 65+ population is projected to increase rapidly over the next decades, both in numbers and proportions of the total population. Meaning that in a relatively short space of time, there will be a large number of people in Australia with a disability. This drastic change in the...

Home Modifications Pay Off in the Long Run

3rd Oct 16
National insurance data shows that half of all falls result in hospital admissions and 39% of falls result in death. As you might imagine, the cost of these injuries is significant to individuals and society as a whole. A team of researchers in New Zealand recently sought to determine if the cost of fall prevention modifications in the home, where 53% of all falls occur, would pay off in the long...

How Do Vestner Platform Lifts Work?

15th Aug 16
Have you ever wondered about the technology that drives Vestner platform lifts? We offer two distinctive lift series, the Low Rise Open Platform Series and the MAXIS Enclosed Platform Series, which utilise very different operating principles. Today I’m going to give you a peak behind the scenes so you can learn more about how our lifts go up and down. Low Rise Open Platform Series uses a hydraulic drive system All...

Home Elevators Becoming a Rising Trend

3rd Jun 16
It is hard to imagine our future selves, frail, ageing and simply unable to climb those stairs. And while the Australian Premises Standards has made improvements to building accessibility in public places, people are beginning to look more in-depth into ways they can make their own homes more accessible. This particular trend has sparked an increase in the installation of residential elevators amongst the disabled community, the ageing population, as well...

Exercising in a Wheelchair or with a Walker

7th Apr 16
Having the use of a wheelchair or walker doesn’t mean you can’t exercise – in fact it’s very important to keep exercising, not just for the physical benefits, but for the mental benefits as well.

How to Hire a Carer - and How Vestner Helps

9th Feb 16
When your loved one needs help, they deserve the best. This article will help with choosing the best carer, and we're here to help with the right mobility solution.

A 'how to' guide on emergency plans and disabilities

2nd Dec 15
There are a number of things to take into consideration when creating or altering an emergency plan to suit, so that everyone will be safe in case an emergency or disaster strikes.
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