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Feature Stories

LB Becomes Center for Home Medical Equipment

From Issue: Volume XXI - Number 17
8/23/2013


By RJ Ross

Wayne Slavitt, left, and Roy Hanna

The only disability in life is a bad attitude; the rest are simply situations where “differently-abled” people may require assistance. An innovative take on providing that assistance officially arrives on September 6, when Mobül – the home mobility store has its grand opening a few days before National Fall Prevention Day and Aging Active Week.

Mobül, a fresh concept in home medical equipment stores, is located at 2153 N. Bellflower Blvd. in Long Beach, next to Hof’s Hut. Wayne Slavitt, President and CEO explains, “The baby boomers are getting older and starting to need assistance. There will be close to 79 million people 65 years or older in the next few years with 10,000 turning 65 every day for the next 19 years.
There is a clear need for a store that provides multiple solutions in one place. "

Frustrated that he was unable to find a broad selection of home medical equipment for his mother and mother-in-law in a friendly, clean and attractive retail setting, Slavitt decided to create such a retailer. “While some chain stores and pharmacies carry a limited selection of items, Mobül offers a broad array of medical, mobility and agility products. There is no national chain that is available for customers to obtain the equipment and help that they need,” explains Slavitt as he describes how they plan on fixing this problem. “We want this first store to be our lab where we test what works and what we need to work on. Then we want to expand nationwide.”

Slavitt, a seasoned entrepreneur who has been involved with many successful business ventures, knew that he would need someone in the industry to help bring his vision to fruition. Jack Evans, an industry consultant who has worked with home medical equipment stores throughout North America has provided Slavitt with invaluable insight and introductions. Slavitt’s first hire and general manager is Roy Hanna, an industry veteran with over 35 years’ experience in the home medical equipment market. Hanna brings a broad knowledge and friendly, helpful demeanor to Mobül.

A primary goal of Mobül, says Slavitt, is “helping individuals maintain their dignity by remaining as independent as possible.” Mobül provides a myriad of solutions for both mobility and home safety. Instead of the typical 1,000 square foot home medical equipment store, the Mobül flagship store totals 5,000 square feet with wide aisles allowing easy access for people with walkers and wheelchairs, while featuring the largest selection of HME products in Southern California. Slavitt decided to build a “house” within the store that allows customers to view a host of “aging in place” modifications and solutions that not only can be made to their own homes, but also provides an opportunity to try equipment and items in a home space. Mobül University, the in-store classroom, will host free, educational classes on everything from bath safety to easy stretching for increased mobility.

Mobül’s website is www.mobulstore.com and their phone number is (562) 343-7333. A 2:30 p.m. ribbon cutting is planned in conjunction with the September 6 grand opening. The public is invited to attend or stop by anytime.

rj@longbeachcomber.com