We want to see you take control of your life. We develop our mobile lifts, vehicle hand controls, residential lifts and other mobility products to fit your life, and continually create new chair lifts and adapt existing equipment to fit your needs. Your lifestyle is unique, and we’re dedicated to helping you live the way you want - regardless of circumstances.
Our mobility products are as tough as you are. Whether you use them out in the fields as agriculture lifts or in your home for residential lifts and lift chairs, they are durable, strong and long-lasting. You have to be out in all sorts of weather – our products will go with you, keep up with you, and perform exactly as you need them to. Life Essentials works to adapt and invent, to innovate and personalize, and to bring you exactly the mobility products you want in the places you need them.
Life Essentials builds every product to suit every need... we don't build items and store them on our shelves, our products are built per spec to meet your individual needs.
At the age of five, Hubert Von Holten contracted polio, a viral disease that affects the nervous system. He suffered major loss of function in his leg muscles. The oldest of four brothers, Hubert still felt it was important to start helping his father with his farming business when he turned 14. He began seeking a solution that would eliminate his physical limitations and help out the business. His first success was the addition of an elevated throttle to a Model A car that would allow him to move around the farm comfortably and effectively. From that point forward, Hubert began adapting farm equipment for his own use. His innovations served him well as he went on to start his own farm and work for a manufacturing company.
Hubert developed his first commercially available lift in 1986, when a professor at Purdue University’s Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department approached him about a special project: A farmer with a disability in Vermont needed a way to access his tractor. The solution became a stepping stone for what is now the Pilot Lift. This moment inspired Hubert to continue commercially manufacturing mobility lifts and Life Essentials was born. His assistive technology gives all farmers with limited mobility the chance to lead independent working lives.
In 2002, we built a smaller facility back up on the farm in Round Grove Township of Brookston, Indiana. In the same year, Kathleen Smith partnered the ownership, incorporating Life Essentials. Today’s designs are quite different from the first, but the results are the same: an efficient, reliable, quality-built product that delivers the accessibility active individuals with disabilities require. With the help of AgrAbility organizations, Life Essentials has been declared a very successful mobility program to put people back to work. Hubert never let his disability hold him back. That mindset holds strong at Life Essentials as we help people become more independent every day.
Everyone faces obstacles in life – but movement shouldn’t be one of them. We specialize in mobility products for those in the agriculture or heavy equipment industries and are proud of our line of personal mobility products. Our quality products help people across the country reclaim independence at work, at home, and on vacation. We custom build and install each product to match your needs and your life.
We believe you shouldn’t be confined by anything – including a selection of products. We at Life Essentials are prepared to help you determine which mobility products you need to get the most out of life. We address your specific, individual requirements to assure easy, safe, comfortable, and economical solutions to your mobility challenges. Everyone at Life essentials is ready to meet your personal mobility needs with quality mobility products and the best in customer service.