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If you live with an elderly loved one a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle or close friend you’ve likely encountered your fair share of opposition to modern technology. In today’s digitally-obsessed, internet-crazed world, it can sometimes feel like there’s no room left for those of us who grew up with the radio as our chief source of home entertainment. Some of us are the type who went to the library to locate information from books instead of engaging in a Google search.

Times have certainly changed, haven’t they? As a result, it’s not uncommon for seniors to feel somewhat isolated. They’re not particularly familiar with today’s wildly popular advances in technology. And, quite honestly, not many of them are all that interested. However, it’s important to consider the fact that these advances can help for lines of communication to be kept open in much better ways.

How important is open communication in a senior’s life?

It’s huge! This is especially true for seniors who spend a great deal of time alone because the rest of their family members are out at work, school or enjoying leisure activities. Many seniors prefer to be at home. And because of their mobility issues, it’s hard to blame them. Quick access to the washroom, a comfortable place to rest when tired, a familiarity with one’s surroundings these are often chief reasons why some seniors never want to leave their homes.

This doesn’t mean, however, that seniors like being alone. For most, the complete opposite is true. They want for their family members and friends to be around. But for most of us, who are still in our formative years, the idea of staying at home around the clock isn’t all that appealing. Of course, we still love our elderly family members. And we want to make them as happy and as comfortable as possible.

This is where modern technology can really come in handy.

Instead of accepting an elderly loved one’s disdain for today’s advances, perhaps you should do your part to teach them a few things. On Forbes.com, Carolyn Rosenblatt suggests teaching your elderly loved ones to use modern technology so that it can help to beat their senses of loneliness.

“A computer with a camera is a bridge to anyone in the family,” she points out, “Even an aging parent who has never touched a computer before can learn if willing…If you’re not good at teaching, perhaps a kind grandchild will do the job or you can get grandma to attend a first timer’s computer class.”

Author, Preston Ni agrees. In his book How to Communicate Effectively with Seniors, he encourages people to get their older family members assimilated with the internet. “The internet and social networking are wonderful opportunities for older adults,” he writes in an excerpt on PsychologyToday.com, “More and more seniors are connecting with family and friends via technology. Family and friends, in turn, often find such connections convenient and less stressful.”

At Advantage Home Health Solutions, we’re so very proud to be the providers of modern technology of a different breed. As far as we’re concerned, our stair lifts and porch lifts are among today’s best advances in technology! Safe and effective solutions for seniors with mobility issues, these fantastic home accessibility options are known for restoring independence in the lives of elderly individuals.

For more information, please don’t hesitate to call us at 403-460-5438. You may also email us by filling out the form on our Contact Us 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.

Find Out More About Stair Lifts… 

Ask us for a free, no obligation in-home assessment. Just fill out our information request and get a FREE consultation today.