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I came from an entrepreneurial family of small business owners who were used to facing challenges,” says Allison Rolph, a co-owner of MEDIchair Trent along with husband Ron Seiderer. Rolph and Seiderer both felt compelled to own their own business that combined retail and the opportunity to help make a difference in the lives of others. They have found that right mix in acquiring MEDIchair Trent, a Home Medical Equipment supplier from the previous owners who are now retired.

Rolph’s background and experience as a former bank manager and architectural technologist are proving to be valuable as she spearheads the management and sales components of both rehab and custom home modification design services for MEDIchair Trent. Husband Ron an electrical engineering designer by trade, is focused on product maintenance and repairs as well as all construction and installation aspects of home modifications.

“We’ve had a smooth transition from the previous owners,” explains Rolph. “We have a terrific group of employees in administration, sales and service, all of whom stayed with us. We like the fact that we are located in a region with one of the largest senior markets in Canada. There are tremendous growth opportunities in the Peterborough area and with the buying power and name recognition of the MEDIchair brand, we hope to expand our business operations and raise our community profile in the marketplace.”

Since taking charge earlier this year, Rolph and Seiderer have added services that include the design and installation/construction of home modifications that allow clients to remain independent in their private home longer. The home modification business provides services that range from building external access ramps, to changing door hinges (to increase clearance for wheelchairs), to raising toilet heights, to modifying kitchens and other renovations to accommodate each client’s changing accessibility/safety needs. Business has been strong enough that today, MEDIchair Trent has earned bragging rights as the largest independently owned and operated stair and porch lift installer in the Kawartha and Northumberland regions. More.