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At Grizzard Living Aids we specialize in installs and repairs of stairlifts, wheelchair lifts, scooter lifts, and outdoor ramps that improve the lives of our customers by providing them with mobility within their own homes and/or outside their own homes. What makes us stand out among competition is our strong, and friendly 24/7 customer support, as well as our commitment to sell equipment made in the USA. The lines we offer are high quality US made and we realize the importance of this because we regularly repair equipment sold by other vendors that was not made in the USA. The difference in reliability is enormous. So whether you need assistance in picking out the best piece of equipment for your needs, help with installing the equipment, making your home or automobile more accessible, or need repair work done to equipment you bought elsewhere, we can help you, and we’ll do it with a smile.
Our service area includes a broad geographical area covering northeast Alabama and northwest Georgia, from Tuscaloosa to Douglasville and from Rome to Auburn, including the cities of Anniston, Oxford, Heflin, Gadsden, Glencoe, Birmingham, Hoover, Vestavia, Homewood, Mountain Brook, Helena, Pelham, Alabaster, McCalla, Bessemer, Pell City, Irondale, Montgomery, Prattville, Auburn, Opelika, Wedowee, Lineville, Ashville, Tuscaloosa, Northport, Cullman, Fort Payne, Piedmont, Centre, Cedar Bluff, Rome, Cedartown, Villa Rica, Carrollton, Breman, and all the surrounding areas. If you live in these regions of Alabama or Georgia, give us a call!
We’ve been installing Bruno Lifts since 1993. Company owner Terry Grizzard owned a bike shop prior to Grizzard Living Aids. In 1993 a handicapped friend asked Terry to put a lift on his car. Terry volunteered to put it in for free. But when he opened the tailgate of the vehicle, he wondered what he gotten himself into. Installing can be a big and tricky project. He called the customer support number for Bruno and that was the beginning of Grizzard Living Aids. He found out about the extraordinary support of Bruno and realized that there were no other local vendors who were reliably providing the level of customer support that someone buying the equipment because of accessibility challenges deserved. He saw an opportunity to found a company that filled a need but also made a real difference in people’s lives. He decided to go into the business. All these years later, he still works with the Bruno Independent Living Aids, a family owned company itself, because they have the industry’s best customer and technical support.
In 2004 a friend of Terry’s daughter called and said that her father had an amputation. They had made him an apartment in the basement but they had to drive him from the basement to the upstairs front door for any interaction with him in the main part of the home. The result was that there was a social barrier. The father stopped actively socializing with the rest of the family. This led Terry to begin doing stairlifts, starting with this project. He saw firsthand how important it is & what a difference the mobility and connectivity of the access provided by stairlifts made to the family and their relationships. In fact, the first time he did one, he did two in one day. Knowing he had the technical support from Bruno made all the difference and gave him the confidence to tackle a whole new area of service. Those first stairlifts installed about 10 years ago are still in use.
Terry Grizzard was born in Anniston, Alabama and grew up working hard in “Oxanna”. He graduated from Oxford High School and Jacksonville State University. Terry lives in Oxford with his wife and family. He and his wife have raised six children. Terry has held many jobs over his long career but has always been a “hands-on” kind of guy. As the owner of Grizzard Living Aids, Terry helps people stay in the homes they have raised their families in. He also helps people get out of the house by installing a carrier for their wheelchair or scooter. Terry is a certified dealer/installer for stairlifts, vertical platform lifts (a kind of elevator) and wheelchair and scooter lifts for all types of vehicles. Grizzard Living Aids is a dealer for Bruno Independent Living aids, Harmar Mobility, Summit Stairlifts, Power Access residential door openers and Helping Hands Overhead lifts.
Brenton Young is the second generation of the Grizzard family involved with Grizzard Living Aids. As the nephew of Terry, they not only share the bloodlines of a hard working family but experience. Brenton has been working at Grizzard Living Aids for over 10 years, since he was 15, and would actually come to work with his uncle sometimes back when he was still as young as 5. He has a natural mechanical aptitude, has worked in construction in the past, and a strong commitment to personable customer service. Brenton has a degree in Exercise Physiology from Jacksonville State University, which gives him great insight into the mechanics of the body, very important when setting up stairlifts and wheelchairs to fit a wide range of body types.. Brenton and his wife live in an historic district in Anniston.