Lakeville, MA (PressExposure) November 20, 2008 -- Dave Austin, Founder and President of Lift & Care Systems, Inc. in Lakeville, MA was recently honored at the 22nd annual Rhode Island Independent Living Conference in Providence, RI, where he received the Steven A. Hook Memorial Award. The award is presented annually to the person whose professional contributions exemplify Steven Hook's dedication to individuals with disabilities.
The theme of the conference: Live Your Best Life At Home, Work and Play, could well serve as the motto of Lift & Care Systems, where Austin's goal is to enable the highest quality of life for persons with disabilities, helping them maintain dignity, freedom, and independence wherever possible.
Almost 16 years ago, when Austin set out to explore the market for SureHands ceiling mounted lifts, what he found was an amazing community of persons with mobility problems who had varying levels of needs. Austin quickly learned that compassion, ingenuity, and a flair for innovative construction techniques were necessary to devise customized solutions for his new clients. Over the years, Lift & Care's product line has expanded, along with Austin's first-hand knowledge of the needs, wants, and likes of the people he serves, as well as their families and caregivers.
Austin notes, "What has impressed me most about the families and caregivers that we meet is their optimism and determination to help their loved ones or clients. It's heartwarming and joyous to see the better side of people and to really make a difference in people's lives, which is why it's a very special honor to receive this award."
Independent living with peer support is the goal of the Independent Living Conference: learning how to live life to the fullest possible extent with a disability. The entire community benefits from accessibility and persons with disabilities demonstrate that when given the opportunity they can and do succeed. The conference is sponsored by PARI Independent Living Center, Office of Rehabilitation Services, OSCIL (Ocean State Center for Independent Living), National Multiple Sclerosis Society - Rhode Island Chapter, Rhode Island Rehabilitation Association, Rhode Island Statewide Independent Living Council, The Corliss Institute, Inc. Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island, and the Rhode Island Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
SureHands Lift Systems The SureHands system of ceiling mounted lifts enables thousands of users with disabilities to have easier access to the basics of bed, bath, or toilet. It is also amazingly able to assist persons with disabilities with everyday tasks such as changing clothes, standing and ambulating, or even taking a swim or mounting a horse.
SureHands patient lift systems are so remarkable that they have been featured on two episodes of ABC-TV's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition." During these episodes a SureHands lift & care system was installed to help make a home ADA compliant and enable the resident to transfer and accomplish his normal activities for daily living. This multi-directional SureHands system was mounted to the ceiling connecting the bedroom to the bath, allowing the resident greater mobility, free of floor based obstacles.