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How A Stair Lift Can Maximize Safety In Your Home

“Falls among older adults are a public health concern worldwide,” contends the Government of Canada, “According to the World Health Organization, about a third of older adults fall each year. The percentage ranges from 32% to 42% for those 70 years or older.” If you live with an older adult, preventing falls should be a major objective of yours. This is especially true if your elderly loved one uses the stairs.

It goes without saying that staircases can be dangerous places for individuals who contend with balance issues. An undeniable top solution is a stair lift. Stair lifts provide smooth and safe rides up and down stairs. They require no home modification to install and they fold to park out of the way allowing easy access to others who need to use the stairs.

Does your elderly loved one avoid the stairs?

This is major sign that he/she may view the stairs as dangerous. If the aging adult in your home is noticeably confining him/herself to one floor of the house, it is likely impacting his/her overall life quality. Fear of the stairs isn’t just an emotional hardship. It limits a person’s ability to enjoy the various levels of the home. In some cases, it can isolate an individual from the rest of the family.

As the U.K.’s Aries Stairlifts Ltd. alerts, homeowners should take notice if their elderly loved ones avoid the stairs. “This is often one of the first signs that you or someone you know needs a stair lift,” reports their website, “Some people also feel frightened by the stairs which can lead to stair avoidance altogether.”

Is walking up and down the stairs becoming more difficult?

As we age, our strength diminishes. It’s just a fact of life. It may be hard to admit. But are you noticing it takes substantially longer for your aging parent to climb the stairs? If so, a stair lift can help make the trip much quicker. Surely, stair lifts are time savers. More importantly, they help to ensure that an individual contending with balance and strength issues isn’t injured on the staircase.

The U.K.’s Euro Lifts lists getting older as a sign a stair lift may be necessary for you. “It becomes more and more difficult to climb stairs as you age and this often means you’ll end up stuck on the ground floor for long periods of time,” says their website, “Even if you can still make it up now, you should start to think ahead to when it won’t be quite so simple.”

Does the senior in your home wish to restore his/her independence?

One of the toughest parts about enduring a mobility issue is the loss of independence that often comes with it. Many seniors battle emotional hardships due to the fact they require assistance to complete tasks that were once easy. Walking up and down the stairs is one of those tasks that an older adult will often need help with. This is especially true if he/she has ever lost his/her balance. With a stair lift, a senior’s independence is joyfully restored.

Aries Stairlifts points out that a loss of independence is a top sign that a stair lift is needed in the home. “People around you care about you and want to help you gain back your independence and love for your entire home again,” their website offers as a reminder.

The Advantage Home Health Solutions team always ensures that you have the complete picture to make an informed stair lift purchase. 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!

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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