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3 Ways A Stair Lift Can Significantly Improve Life At Home

Stairs. For some people, they represent a few seconds-long climb from one floor to another. For others, they may as well be mountains completely insurmountable. When one’s mobility issues hinder his/her ability to climb stairs, it’s truly best that he/she doesn’t attempt to climb them at all. Statistics have proven that far too many Canadians are hospitalized due to slips and falls.

If you live in a home with an individual with mobility issues, it’s of paramount importance that you significantly limit his/her risk of slips and falls. In many cases, that means installing a stair lift so that your staircase can be transformed from an insurmountable climb to an easy-to-ascend pathway.

Stair lifts are known for vastly improving life at home for those with mobility issues. Here are three ways how:

1. They eliminate the risk of falling down the stairs.

It only makes sense to start with the obvious, right? When your loved one is comfortably seated in a stair lift with his/her seatbelt fastened, you guarantee that no fall down the stairs will occur. Instead, a safe and smooth ride up and down the stairs is secured. The importance of preventing falls cannot be understated.

According to Comfort Keepers, “about one third of the senior population over the age of 65 falls each year, but since many incidents go unreported by seniors and unrecognized by family members or caregivers this estimate is most likely quite low. Falls are the leading cause of death from injury among people 65 and older, and the risk of falls increases proportionately with age. At 80 years, over half of seniors fall annually.”

2. They restore a sense of independence.

This is especially important for individuals who require the aid of caregivers. For many of them, it’s quite difficult having to accept that they can’t do things on their own. Naturally, people value their independence. And stair lifts enable those with severe mobility issues to get up and down the stairs on their own. Stair lifts, it can easily be argued, are equal parts confidence boosters and safety providers!

“If you avoid going upstairs as much as possible, or you rely on the aid of a caregiver to help you make the trip, it impacts your independence considerably,” agrees Remodel Direct, “Regaining the full use of your home and the freedom to go upstairs whenever you want or need to on your own stair lift can restore your sense of freedom and independence and make your day-to-day life more enjoyable.”

3. They make life easier on caregivers.

Let’s not forget that when a household includes an individual with mobility issues, it gives the other members of the household a number of caregiving responsibilities. Stair lifts eliminate a major chore for those who would otherwise have to help their loved ones up and down the stairs. Does it sound like a stair lift could improve life in your home?

Please don’t hesitate to contact Advantage Home Health Solutions to learn of the many other ways stair lifts can improve life at home. We’d be happy to discuss the numerous stair lift options we have available with you. Call us at 403-460-5438 today! You may also email us by filling out the form on our Contact Us page.

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Stairlift | FAQ’s

What's the minimum width for a stair lift?

There are no specific width requirements to install a stairlift. All stairs in Canada are built to specific codes and standard widths, which we know will permit the installation of some type of stairlift. There are no renovations required; we install the stairlift in the space you have and based on your specific requirements. You do not have to remove handrails for a stairlift installation.

What's the average cost of a stair lift?

Many factors can influence the price of a stairlift such as number of stairs, curves, stopping points, nearby availability of power sources. We will always determine the most suitable, safe and cost effective solution for your specific needs.

Some of the price ranges for stairlifts can be found on our website. You may also qualify for funding

Do you carry anything similar to acorn chair lifts for stairs?

We carry both straight and curved stairlifts for various types of settings. What’s important to note is we have a PhotoSurvey system to assist us with exact measurements of your stairs. This system helps us in perfecting your stairlift installation and will ensure a safe, smooth and always complete ride up the stairs.

We are sure to have a model of stairlift suitable for your needs, safety and budgetary requirements.

Is it possible to install a stair lift myself?

If you have a bit of construction or technical, engineering type background, it’s possible. But there are a number of factors that would probably influence you NOT to do the installation yourself.

On the YES side:

If it’s a straight stairlift, it’s possible:

  • If there’s a supplier (manufacturer or dealer) willing to support you with installation questions.
  • If you have a bit of technical knowledge, good measurements and understanding of mathematical information to make the necessary calculations to get the right parts.

On the NO side:

  • It can be a bit complex or confusing. If you don’t have the correct tools for cutting or joining the rails.
  • If you run into an issue after installation (like a breakdown), it may not be covered by warranty.
  • If it involves a stairlift with turns or curves, it’s challenging to ensure the exact measurements that will ensure a perfectly smooth and safe ride.

We are sure to have a model of stairlift suitable for your needs, safety and budgetary requirements.

My stair lift is beeping. What could be wrong?

Here are some possibilities that could explain why your stair lift is beeping:

Power off, receptacle issues, tripped breaker, charger issues, dislodged from the charge strip, connection issue between charger and rail, not in locked position and therefore can’t use remote, seat not in lock position, obstruction, armrests not in down position, some safety issue that needs tending.

If your stair lift needs service, we’re happy to help. Just give us a call and we’ll do our best to help. If it’s not urgent, you can request more information or a service call here.

My stair lift will not move. What could be the problem?

There are several possibilities for a stairlift to not work:

  • key (incorrect position or missing)
  • armrests in the wrong position
  • if it’s not plugged in
  • if  batteries are drained from age or other reasons such as recent power outage.

If this didn’t solve the issue, you may need a service call. Reach out by phone and call 403-460-5438 or request more information about stair lift service here.

How is a stairlift installed?

When installing a stair lift, we’ll be sure to get as close to the wall or railing as possible. We’ll take measurements specific to your stairs and in the event of a curved stair lift, we’ll manufacture a unit specifically for your situation. We’ll mount the stair lift rail directly onto the stair treads.

A stairlift can typically be installed in one afternoon. We’ll always ensure the stair lift installation meets your needs for safety of the user as well as others in the home.

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