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101 Mobility Chicago: Helping People Stay in Their Homes


Editor’s Note:  When a dear friend was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Debra Mills decided to stop working and put her nursing background to use to care for her. As time passed and her friend’s condition worsened, she was exposed to the various tools and products available to the disability community today. Sadly, ALS eventually proved to be stronger than her friend, but Mills decided to turn her passion for helping others into a full-time career as the sales and marketing manager for 101 Mobility Chicago. Today, she is on a mission to let people know that staying in their home after illness or injury is possible with the right equipment.

After my friend passed away, and I decided to go back to work, I really wanted to get back into the medical field. I was extremely lucky to meet Nick and Elizabeth Lopez, the owners of 101 Mobility Chicago, and they asked me to join the team. My biggest passion is just letting people know that they’re not alone and there are plenty of people out there to help them. It’s also important to note that disability solutions are amazing these days. Even from just five years ago, we’ve made leaps and bounds.

Serving Chicagoland and Beyond

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101 Mobility is a franchise, and at 101 Mobility Chicago, we take care of the Chicagoland area, Northwest Suburbs, and north to the Wisconsin Border. We have solutions to keep everybody safely mobile inside and outside of the home.

Our company is proud to work with core values, and we have a very caring, passionate, and knowledgeable team.

Customer Service is the most important aspect of our company. We can be reached 24/7, and we work on weekends and holidays in case of emergencies. That really sets us apart from our competition because we’re passionate about what we do. Our heart is in the game at all times. We want people to enjoy their holidays, weddings, family parties, and other events, and we’re willing to put our own lives aside to help those in need.

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What We Offer

We offer products for purchase, as well as short and long-term rentals. Often when people are released from the hospital or go home after rehab, they might need a ramp installed at their home. The hospital doesn’t necessarily know what their lifestyle is like at home or whether they have stairs or not. Sometimes, we’re given a few hours’ notice that someone is coming home and they won’t be able to get into their house in their wheelchair. We rearrange our whole schedule for the day to get that ramp, stair lift, or whatever it is they need installed because we want people to be able to get back into their home. Otherwise, they cannot be released from the hospital or rehab center.

There really is no place like home, and we’re more than willing to accommodate and help these people.

Some of our short-term rentals are popular for weddings or other events. I was just working with a bride a few weeks ago who was getting married in a Chicago church that had several stairs at the entrance. Her mom had recently had a stroke, and she wanted her to be able to attend the ceremony but didn’t know how to get her into the church in her wheelchair. We told her about the Liftkar, a battery-operated device that reads the stairs and makes it easy for someone to lift the person up or down while in their wheelchair.

We also do bath safety solutions, and one of our most popular products is the ShowerBuddy. It’s a lifesaver for many people. It acts like a wheelchair but slides over a toilet and then slides them over into the tub without them ever getting out of the chair. The chair also tilts back, so if the caregiver needs to wash their hair, it makes it easy for them.

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We have Valet Signature Seating for cars, SUVs, and trucks. It’s a one-button solution programmed to their customer’s needs. The seat rotates, extends out of the car, and moves up and down. It also meets applicable Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. We remove the stock seat out of the vehicle, which can be reinstalled later if needed, and replace it with the Valet Signature Seat. This allows for easy accessibility and facilitates transferring the person in and out of the car. It can go into the front or back seat. For people who still want to drive, we have products that lift scooters and wheelchairs into their vehicle providing another easy solution.

If a ramp is not an option for someone at their home, we have vertical platform lifts. For multi-story homes, we can install straight-rail or curved stair lifts. This is really important because a lot of elderly people do not want to go into nursing homes.

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Not only are nursing homes very expensive, but you also lose the quality of life you had in your own home.

We assess homes at no obligation and give people beneficial solutions based on what they may need now or in the future to keep them in their home longer.

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Editor’s Note:  See all of the products 101 Mobility Chicago offers at Chicago.101mobility.com. Contact information for a free in-home assessment can also be found on the website.

Giving Back

We love doing charity work, and we also donate some products to a lending closet. They then lend them out to people who can’t afford to purchase or rent the products. We work with all of the major Chicago area hospitals and have collaborated with Wounded Warriors and Make a Wish Foundation in the past as well.

We recently did an event called 50 Cooks and 50 Divas that Dish and the money raised went to a local school system. It was a lot of fun. There were 50 different cooks who supplied the food, and people paid $35 to come in a taste it all.

We also just had our first Fall Festival where we brought in people from the medical field as well as various vendors to showcase and demonstrate all the latest disability solutions and accessibility products.

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Know That You Are Not Alone

It’s my passion to let people know that they’re not alone and that there are things we can teach them. We can educate the journey. Even if they don’t need a solution for themselves, maybe someone they know does or will in the future. They can be an advocate for others. Knowledge is power, and we all need to stay safe and healthy. If someone you know needs a mobility solution, whether it be a friend, relative, neighbor, or co-worker, time is of the essence. You can be that resource for others. I learned a lot from my experience taking care of my girlfriend, Tina, who had ALS. My other friends and I didn’t know where to start when we learned about her disease. How do we get her the products she needs now and down the road on her journey of having ALS? I want others to benefit from the knowledge I’ve gained. It’s my heart that talks.

This isn’t a job for me, it’s a passion to help people and touch their hearts.

I don’t want anyone to think they’re alone. I am the one truly blessed, and I want to pay it forward to help give people a little extra freedom, an extra smile, and love from someone who has experienced a lot of life’s woes firsthand.

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Pleasant, polite and competent sales and installation personnel delivered functional life changing stair lift chair. Smiles all around! Wish we would have made the decision sooner!” -Geralyn Koby, Elgin, IL

Editor’s Note:  Not in the Chicago area but looking for a mobility solution? Find a 101 Mobility location near you here and ask for a free consultation.

101 Mobility Chicago can also be found on Facebook.

About the Author
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Betsy Bailey has a diverse background including experience in marketing research at American Express, business operations and client relations with 601am, travel and culinary writing with VegDining, and playing volleyball professionally overseas.

Betsy is excited to be writing, something she’s adored since childhood, and thoroughly enjoys the process of getting to know her interviewees. On top of her work with Wheel:Life, she also teaches students learning English as a second language, speaks French fluently, and travels any chance she gets!

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Editor’s Note: During a summer internship at the Center for ...

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Building Strength and Confidence with Handi Capable Fitness

Editor’s Note: A botched hernia operation during infancy left James ...

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Comfort Medical Sponsors Freedom Concepts to Help You Win An Adaptive Bike

Have you always dreamt of gliding down the street with the wind in ...

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Experience It All At the Abilities Expo!

Days are becoming shorter, nights longer, and the holiday season is ...

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ParaSportsLive: Bringing Adaptive Sports Coverage to the World

Editor’s Note:  When wheelchair user Tony Jackson’s original ...

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Introducing the New Cure Ultra Coude Intermittent Catheter for Men

Cure Medical has unveiled the new 16-inch Cure Ultra® Coude ...

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Get Ready for Rolling With Me’s Each By Name Conference

Wheel:Life, Comfort Medical, and Rolling With Me is excited to ...

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Smooth Sailing with David Gaston

Editor’s Note:  A Texas coast native, David Gaston has been in and ...

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Gain Traction This Fall with National Ramp

Summer is officially over and dreary winter weather is on its way. ...

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Wheelchair Dancers Organization Says Everybody Can Dance!

When life-long dancer Beverly Weurding was diagnosed with limb-girdle ...

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Pursuing Health and Happiness with Malaise Wheelchair Fitness

Editor’s Note: Justin Malaise grew up in small-town Wisconsin as a ...

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Former Ms. Wheelchair Illinois Continues to be a Voice for the Community

Editor’s Note: Born with spina bifida, Kim Brown has been a ...

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Dare to Discover the World of Accessible Travel With Handiscover

Editor’s Note: Sebastien Archambeaud has always loved traveling, so ...

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Made for Kids! The Pediatric Hydrophilic Cure Catheter + Free Backpack Program

Parents only want what’s best for their children and keeping them ...

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Wheeling, Driving, Bowling, Preaching, Parenting…Johnny Hudson Does It All Hands-free!

Editor’s Note: Johnny Hudson was born in 1977 with unforeseen ...

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The Abilities Expo is Coming To Boston!

Boston awaits with open arms. This September 8–10, head over to the ...

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Comfort Conversations: Change Starts with You – Becoming an Advocate

Join us every other month for Comfort Conversations, a discussion ...

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WheelchairTravel.org: Blazing the Trail Towards an Accessible World  

Editor’s Note: After sustaining severe burns during a car accident ...

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The Artfully Gifted Foundation – Serving Entrepreneurs with Disabilities

Editor’s Note: The Artfully Gifted Foundation (a non-profit) was ...

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How the SCRS-IL Can Help You Live Independently

Editor’s Note: When triple degree holder Jose Gonzalez returned ...

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Peter Arballo Never Gave Up on Himself — Neither Should You

Editor’s Note: Peter Arballo was born in Southern California to ...

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Full Speed Ahead with Endurance Racer Michael Johnson

Editor’s Note: Michael Johnson of Lansing, Michigan, started racing ...

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The Extraordinary Life of Triple Amputee Monica Vickers

Editor’s Note: Monica Vickers was born in 1954 missing both legs ...

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Rick Hayden Rolls on Capitol Hill for Your Rights

When Rick Hayden visited the US Capitol last week, he went with your ...

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Gear Up for Abilities Expo Chicago

Calling all Midwesterners — Abilities Expo is coming to Chicago! As ...

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Run, Jump, and Throw Stuff with Angel City Sports

Editor’s Note: Clayton Frech is the CEO and founder of Los ...

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Sled Hockey with Coach Koz

Editor’s Note: Sled hockey (also known as sledge hockey) is almost ...

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Summer Solutions with STYLEDWEL

Editor’s Note: Mary Marshall, founder of STYLEDWEL, created ...

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Following Your Inner Guidance with Kristina Rhoades and How National Ramp is Helping Her Do It

Editor’s Note: Kristina Rhoades is a mom, wife, speaker, writer, ...

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Comfort Conversations: Finding Encouragement Through Peer Support Groups

Join us every other month for Comfort Conversations, a discussion ...

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Allen Beauchamp on Life, Love and Hockey

My name is Allen Beauchamp, and I’m 43 years old. I live in a ...

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Yoocan Get Empowered!

Editor’s Note: Inspired by a family member with disabilities, Moshe ...

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Introducing the Cure Ultra: Ready to Use Catheter for Men

Cure Medical has unveiled the new 16-inch Cure Ultra™ Intermittent ...

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Refuel and Rejuvenate At Abilities Expo New York Metro

East coasters, or anyone within striking distance, gear up for ...

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Criptaedo: Breaking Boards and Barriers

Editor’s note: Paul Brailer, aka Criptaedo, was born with spina ...

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Rolling Forward with Amputee Advocate Stella Sieber

I’m currently 63 years old and live in Durham, North Carolina. ...

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Stroke by Stroke: Moving Forward with Mallory Weggemann

Editor’s Note: At 18 years old, Mallory Weggemann walked into the ...

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Comfort Conversations: Finding Your New Normal After a Spinal Cord Injury

Join us every other month for Comfort Conversations, a discussion ...

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Glenn Moscoso: Wheelchair Daddy

Editor’s note:  Glenn Moscoso is a husband and father living with ...

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Avoiding Slippery Slopes with Garth Walker and National Ramp

Editor’s Note: After selling his prior business, Garth Walker went ...

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The National Sports Center for the Disabled: Finding Self-Confidence through Personal Challenge

Editor’s Note: The National Sports Center for the Disabled, founded ...

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Wheeling around the World with Susie Twydell

Editor’s Note: Based in England, Susie Twydell, an avid traveler ...

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Amplitude Media Group: Closing the Information Gap

Wheel:Life is thrilled to announce their newest community partner, ...

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Accessible Hiking, Camping and Fishing? WOW!  

Editor’s Note: Wilderness on Wheels (WOW) is a foundation and a ...

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Comfort Conversations: Events, Free Packs, and More with James “Woody” Beckham

Editor’s Note: The Woody Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit ...

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Jenn Sexton Shares Her Secret for Independence: An Extra Long Cure Catheter

Jenn Sexton was five weeks pregnant when she and her husband, Thomas, ...

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Glen Schlotterbeck: Reinvent Yourself!

Editors note: As a graduate of the US Air Force Academy, Glen ...

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Educate, Energize, and Enlighten at Abilities Expo Los Angeles

The Abilities Expo is back in Los Angeles and gearing up to show you ...

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Juan Sebastian Betancourt: Changing the Way Businesses Serve People with Disabilities

Editor’s Note: Juan Betancourt is on a path to change the world for ...

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AccessibleIndonesia: Making Travel Accessible in a Non-Accessible Country

Editor’s note: Kerstin Beise, a German physiotherapist, who also ...

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A Lesson on Living Life to the Fullest with Hydred Makabali

Editor’s note: Hydred Makabali, born and raised in England and now ...

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Knocking Down The Pins of Life with Wheelchair Bowling Champion Kenneth Hill

Editor’s Note: Fifty-year-old Kenneth Hill from Plainfield, ...

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Take Your Wings and Fly with Denise Horn

Editor’s Note: Fifty-six-year-old Denise Horn of Janesville, ...

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Ashley Hutson Wilson Beat a Small Chance of Survival to Live a Full Life

Editor’s Note: Thirty-one year old Ashley Hutson Wilson from Kyle, ...

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Jam with Mel Bergman: Creator of Wheely Guitars

Editor’s Note: Mel Bergman of Camarillo, California, is the ...

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Gary “Tiger” Balletto: Champion Prize Fighter Who Rolls with the Punches

Editor’s Note: You can capture a ferocious wild tiger and put him ...

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Meet Robby Heisner: Creative Entrepreneur on Wheels

Editor’s Note: Robby Heisner of Smyrna, Georgia ...

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The National Rifle Association’s Adaptive Shooting Program with Dr. Joseph Logar

Dr. Joseph Logar Editor’s Note: Dr. Joseph Logar has his doctorate ...

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The Rollettes Take On an E.P.I.C. Project to Empower Others

Editor’s Note: Chances are, you’ve seen these ladies ...

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Speak Up Now to Save Your Wheelchair: Fight Medicare Cuts

Your window is narrowing to preserve access to mobility equipment – ...

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Go Further Together with GRIT: Stories of Community Support

Our friends at GRIT, the makers of the revolutionary Freedom Chair, ...

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Paralyzed Veteran’s Mom Awarded Dream Trip by ElDorado Mobility

Editor’s Note: Serving our country as a military service member is ...

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Wheelchair Karate: Attack the Attacker with Kenneth Perry

Editor’s Note: Kenneth Perry from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, ...

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Ditch Your Chair to Sit-Ski the Slopes with Tom Cannalonga 

Editor’s Note: Fifty-two-year-old Tom Cannalonga lives in Edison, ...

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Welcome to Wheel:Life

We are so glad you’re here! Wheel:Life is a global initiative ...

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