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Tips to Keep Your Home Safe for All

September 2014
"Winner of the 2014 Newport County Chamber of Commerce Business Entrepreneur of the Year"



For those of you who have followed Home Healthsmith over the last year or so, you may have noticed that ever constant change and innovation seem to be standard operating procedure. Nothing's changed! We recently moved from the John Clarke location to our new home at 207 High Point Avenue in Portsmouth, RI. This new move puts us into a totally accessible building that offers over 5,000 square feet in which we can expand our administrative, fabrication and warehouse capabilities.


The development we are most excited about is the creation of our "interactive learning zone". This area will feature all of our products in a home-like setting that allows our clients to come in, explore and experience solutions that work for them. We have begun the initial design phase and expect construction to begin this fall with a January opening. In the coming months we will keep you up to date on progress. We invite you to share any ideas or suggestions you might like to see incorporated into our design.




All the best!

Linda & Bill

Home Healthsmith  

Our New Offices.......

Here's what it looked like before......





See what we've done since!
A ramp as an "anniversary present"?!?
Judy of Warwick called the HHS office looking for information. She was beginning the process of trying to ready her home for the arrival of her husband, John, from re-hab and it was "brand new to them". Many times we hear from clients who have been given short windows to prepare their homes with mobility features that will allow loved ones the same sort of access they had in either a hospital or nursing home setting. Judy told us that she called a couple of companies and none called back in a timely manner - except Linda.

Based on a referral from OSCIL, Judy spoke with Linda and explained that the PT was coming in a couple of days to evaluate her home. Listening to what Judy told her, Linda suggested several mobility products to meet their needs. Judy liked that. She said "she felt that Bill and Linda gave a personal touch - they listened to what I was saying and what our thoughts were." Bill went out to do an assessment. The primary component of their mobility plan was a ramp. As you may know from previous articles, ramps are customized to each home. When Judy reached out to Linda again, she explained that her anniversary was that Sunday and she was trying to have John come home for a couple of hours before his release later in the week.

Home Healthsmith delivered! We had the ramp parts in stock and were able to assemble the ramp in order to have Judy's wish come true. She and John spent a lovely afternoon together on their porch. Judy had the opportunity to use the ramp with the wheelchair and when the PT came several days later, Judy already had the nuances of maneuvering a ramp with a wheel-chair well in hand. The PT commented that "Judy was several steps ahead of her".
Judy would recommend Home Healthsmith's services; we "give a personal and professional touch and are there for you when you need them."

Upcoming Events of Interest    


Home Healthsmith will be participating in the following events.

We hope you will consider attending:


Parkinson's Race, Walk & Roll

Goddard Park, Warwick, RI

Saturday, September 13   9am-3pm


Southern New England Rehabilitation Center 21st Annual Conference
"Advances in Rehabilitation for Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson's Disease"

Crowne Plaza Hotel, Warwick, RI

Friday, September 12


Rehabilitation Hospital of RI - 2nd Annual "Health Expo"

116 Eddie Dowling Highway

North Smithfield, RI  02896

Thursday, September 18   12:30pm-3:30pm


Wounded Warrior Project  - Annual Canoe/Kayak Race

Ocean Mist to Mews Restaurant

Sunday, September 28   Noon-5:00pm



September 11
National Day of Service and Remembrance   
By a joint resolution approved December 18, 2001 (Public Law 107-89), the Congress has designated September 11 of each year as "Patriot Day," and by Public Law 111-13, approved April 21, 2009, the Congress has requested the observance of September 11 as an annually recognized "National Day of Service and Remembrance." 

How can you participate? Volunteer in community service in honor of those our Nation lost. Observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities, including remembrance services, and observe a moment of silence beginning at 8:46 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time to honor the innocent victims who perished as a result of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

Stairlifts - Frequently Asked Questions

If you are thinking about a stairlift, you may have some questions.

For many people making the decision to have a stairlift installed can be a daunting one.


Do I have to modify or add power to the
surrounding area for my Handicare stairlift?
All Handicare Stairlifts run on a standard household outlet of 110V.

What happens in a power outage?
All Handicare stairlifts are battery operated, thus in the event of a power failure they will continue to work for up to 10 cycles (upand down your stairs) before needing to be re-charged. The batteryreceives a continuous charge while parked to ensure maximumbattery availability in the event of a power outage.

Each month we will feature a commonly asked question. If you have further questions, Home Healthsmith will be happy to answer them all. Don't worry, it is unlikely you will be the first person to ask!


You can visit two locations to see a stairlift in action: by appointment at our offices at 207 High Point Avenue, Portsmouth, RI or Simpson's Pharmacy in Pawtucket, RI

10 Newport Ave., Pawtucket, RI 02861
See a stairlift in action 

We are delighted to announce that we have partnered with Simpson's Pharmacy. Stop in to see our demonstration stairlift. Simpson's Pharmacy also offers many durable medical equipment options such as ambulatory aids, wheelchairs and accessories.

Home Healthsmith Demo Stairlift.

Be Ready! September is National Preparedness Month


Would you be ready if there were an emergency?

Be prepared: throughout September there will be activities across the country to promote emergency preparedness.


Go to the CDC website for tips/lists/information.

Are you prepared to keep a loved one safe in their home? Contact us for a FREE evaluation so we can provide recommendations on safety design and functionality.
Call us toll free at 855-447-6484 today! 

Linda & Bill Bohmbach

Home Healthsmith provides in-home solutions that allow you to maintain your level of comfort without compromising your health and safety. 

Visit our website to learn more. 

Toll Free 1.855.HHSMITH (1.885.447.6484)

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