I heard from my brother and his wife through an email that I received last night, I have cut and pasted the main part of the email below:
In an effort to get our house a bit more handicapped accessible, Luvie and I have been looking around at numerous stair lifts. Luvie has now found a company on-line by the name of AmeriGlide.com that has a very large selection of Ameriglide stair lifts, Vertical Lifts, Wheelchair Lifts, dumb-waiter and Elevators, which are things that we may have to consider at some point as well.
Luvie’s parents are still alive but aging quickly and their health has been deteriorating each year. We have decided that when they need to leave their home, which will most definitely happen at some point in the near future, that they will come and live with us. None of the other family members are set up or capable of such a drastic lifestyle change, what with different career demands and most still have little ones running around the house and attending schools. So that leaves Luvie and I to come to the aid of these lovely and gentle senior citizens. The weather here in California is best suited for them anyway, our climate doesn’t change as drastically as most of the other states do and the sun is usually around to make people feel better, I have found.
So AmeriGlide seems to have the best variety of stair lifts and has a good general warranty of ten years for the drive-train, and five years for the parts, which is very reasonable for any stair lift, we are finding out. A stair lift is our main concern now because it would be very unsafe for these folks to be attempting to go up and down the several flights of stairs that our house currently has, and both of them are going to be needing something like this, a fall could be disaster when you are of their age group. These folks don’t mend as easy as they use to and a broken hip usually means that things will go down hill from there, and we don’t want to take any risks.