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Aging In Place Is The Ideal Way To Spend Your Senior Years

“There’s no place like home.” This age-old idiom was popularized by the iconic 1939 film, The Wizard of Oz. The phrase, which was famously uttered by the movie’s protagonist, Dorothy, was actually first coined in the 1823 song “Home, Sweet Home”. The lyrics were written by John Howard Payne. Today, the phrase speaks to the feelings of seniors all throughout Canada. Continuing to live at home amongst family members is the ideal way to grow old.

That is the very definition of aging in place. However, the term “aging in place” means so much more than simply living out your years in the comforts of your own household. It also refers to the ability to have access to services and to health and social supports. Living safely and independently in your home is the key. Without the help of family members, the community and quite often, mobility solutions that assist with physical impairments, aging in place isn’t possible.

91% of seniors are more comfortable at homes where modifications have been made.

As reported by Winnipeg’s Enabling Access, March of Dimes Canada conducted a survey of residents who had home modifications done to their homes. It found that 91% of the respondents felt that, as a result of home modifications, they could do things they could not do before the modifications were done. 41% of respondents also reported that the modifications provided unexpected benefits.

In our opinion, stair lifts provide some of the best examples of highly-beneficial home modifications. They can be affixed to any staircase, whether it is straight or curved. Stair lifts offer a home’s elderly residents safe and smooth rides up and down the stairs. This significantly increases safety by practically eliminating the risk of falls. However, an added benefit is the improved mood of the senior using the stair lift. With a return to a state of independence, an older adult can feel more self-assured and even proud.

78% of Canadians want to age in their current homes.

Who wouldn’t want to live out their lives at home? Naturally, it’s the place where you feel most comfortable. Enabling Access reports that a 2021 National Home Modifications Survey found that while 78% of Canadians want to age in their current homes, only 26% predict that they will be able to do so. What is holding them back from fulfilling these aspirations to age in place? It’s not as if it’s more expensive to live at home instead of a long-term care facility.

In fact, the Vivintel-conducted survey found that 67% of Canadians believe that “Modifications to an existing home are more cost-effective than living in a retirement home or long-term care facility.” At Advantage Home Health Solutions, we can attest to the fact that modifying your home for the purpose of allowing a senior to age in place doesn’t have to cost you a fortune.

We can help you to age in place!

Our team always ensures that you have the complete picture to make an informed decision about the mobility solutions and home modifications we offer. You will know all of the possible options so that you can choose which solution is best for you. We can even assist you with funding programs!

If budgetary concerns are holding you back from purchasing your home medical equipment, we can help. There are a variety of provincial and national programs that can partially or fully fund your mobility equipment or home accessibility renovations. To learn all about them, 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. We look very much forward to hearing from you soon!

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.

Find Out More About Stair Lifts… 

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