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The importance of stair safety cannot be stressed enough. And the benefits of installing a stair lift in your home should not be underestimated. If you live with an older adult or an individual with mobility issues, a stair lift will practically extinguish any concerns you may have of that person slipping and falling on the stairs. Simply put, a stair lift makes your home a safer place.

Stair lifts eliminate slips and falls on the stairs.

In our many blogs covering this topic, we’ve highlighted the fact that slips and falls are the causes of the majority of hospitalizations of Canadian seniors. As Sheryl Ubelacker of The Canadian Press reports for Global News, “falls within the home accounted for more than 114,000 emergency department visits (in 2017), making it the most common place that people take a tumble.”

With a stair lift installed in your home, it makes it a lot easier for you and every other member of your household to get up and down the stairs. Clearly, having greater overall access to your home throughout the day is important to you. But it is of particular importance to those members of your family who may not have the ability to get up and down the stairs safely without assistance.

Stair lifts are known to reduce the fear of falling.

If you live with an individual with mobility issues, you are likely very well aware of the stress that is induced by having physical limitations. Many Canadians have a fear of falling. According to McMaster University, this fear can significantly limit a person’s willingness to participate in physical activities.

“A fear of falling can lead people to play it safe – older adults will often go out less often and participate in fewer activities, leading to less social interaction and a lower quality of life,” reports their website, “A fear of falling can also lead to poor balance, and may even change the way a person walks. The irony is that playing it safe creates a circular problem in which a fear of falling becomes a risk factor for future falls.”

A stair lift in your home not only reduces the potential for falls and injuries, it will also help to provide your family members with greater confidence and peace of mind.

Stair lifts can be installed outside as well.

It’s just as important to have a safe passage to and from the entrance of your home as it is to be able access the various levels of your home. At Advantage Home Health Solutions, we’re proud to offer exterior stair lifts from Handicare. They are known to handle the weather in Western Canada as they are fitted with specialized sealed coated PCBs (printed circuit boards.)

In addition to the wild swings in temperature we experience in this part of Canada, humidity is a critical issue. This is especially true for the dry cold in the winter that causes static electricity shocks. When not in use, we recommend covering the exterior stair lift’s seat and carriage (as shown in the photo above) and locking and removing the security key. Clearing the staircase from snow is important as well.

For more information about the stair lifts offered by Advantage Home Health Solutions, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 403-460-5438. You may also email us by filling out the form on our Contact 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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