Removing barriers to staying home

HOME AGAIN: Bill and Linda Bohmbach demonstrate a stair lift in the showroom at their Portsmouth company, Home Healthsmith. In two years the company, which provides adaptive mobility equipment, has grown from a home-based business to a 5,000-square-foot facility with five employees. / PBN FILE PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY
HOME AGAIN: Bill and Linda Bohmbach demonstrate a stair lift in the showroom at their Portsmouth company, Home Healthsmith. In two years the company, which provides adaptive mobility equipment, has grown from a home-based business to a 5,000-square-foot facility with five employees. / PBN FILE PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY
A few steps up to a porch, an uneven threshold in a doorway or even a standard bathroom can be obstacles to living at home for the elderly, adults recovering from surgery or children with disabilities. There are other major physical challenges, such as the need to be lifted out of bed or to go…

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