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How To Assist Seniors Who Are Battling With Knee Problems

It is common knowledge that, as we age, we tend to experience some physical limitations. It’s just a part of life. If we do the best we can to stay fit, keep active, eat right and avoid injury at all costs, we’ll likely get through life with little to no major issues. Alas, these aren’t always things we can control. Knee injuries, for example, are common in people who are active. So what to do? Inactivity isn’t exactly a solution to staying healthy.

Does an elderly loved one of yours battle with knee problems? Here’s how you can help.

Assist with everyday tasks.

One of the easiest and most obvious ways to help your elderly loved one who has knee problems is to ensure he/she isn’t overexerting energy. In many cases, small everyday tasks won’t cause many issues. There are, however, some responsibilities you’ll want to take off his/her plate. Anything that may require walking long distances or lifting somewhat heavy loads should be taken off the table.

“Seniors with knee pain often have limited mobility, especially if they have recently undergone a knee replacement surgery,” explains, “Caregivers can help seniors during their recovery by assisting with shopping and meal preparation, managing and administering medications, and helping seniors walk around the house or up and down stairs. A caregiver can be an integral part of a successful recovery from knee replacement surgery.”

Encourage them to exercise regularly.

We can’t imagine anyone asking an elderly person to do bench presses or dead lifts. Heavy weights are clearly not recommended for those with diminished strength. However, light exercise is a key ingredient to alleviating knee pain. Ideally, walking and stretching should be part of a senior’s everyday routine.

According to Anne Stein on, Laura Olsen, a personal trainer and certified health-fitness specialist, explains that everyone has different interests and strengths when it comes to fitness. Therefore, no exercise should be “off-limits.” “That said, some stretches, training programs and cardio activities may be more helpful and less painful than others if you are concerned about your knees,” writes Stein.

Help them with strength training.

As mentioned, strenuous exercise isn’t recommended for seniors. However, that doesn’t mean that workouts should be effortless. To strengthen the knees, a little strength training is in order. The stronger the muscles in the legs are, the easier it will be to alleviate pain.

“Strong muscles help carry weight and relieve stress on the knee,” explains Stein, “When you do strength training, start with squats and straight leg extensions to help the quads stay strong and open up the joint.”

Install a stair lift in the home.

Stair lifts take away the need for seniors with knee problems to walk up and down the stairs. By providing a safe and comfortable ride up and down staircases, stair lifts reduce a lot of strain and stress. Stair lifts can be made to work with straight or curved staircases and can be adapted to suit your specific needs so you can continue your daily living routine and stay in your home longer.

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!

A Guide For Seniors To Bolster Their Strength And Balance

A Guide For Seniors To Bolster Their Strength And Balance

Regularly addressing the needs of the older adults in our community, our team is adamant about keeping seniors safe all year round. A major reason is because falls are the leading cause of fatal injury and the most common cause of non-fatal trauma-related hospital admissions among older adults. This week we look at ways to bolster strength and balance.

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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