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How To Ensure Each Climb Up The Stairs Is A Safe One

How often do you walk up and down the stairs of your home each day? We’re willing to wager a bet that you’ve never even thought about it. And who could blame you?  A daily stair climb isn’t exactly a memorable experience. That is, of course, unless you’re a senior citizen.

Many older adults battle with diminishing strength and balance. For them, climbing either up or down the stairs can be a dangerous task. So what can you do to ensure that each climb up the stairs in your home is safe for your elderly loved one?

Eliminate any and all tripping hazards.

A staircase is no place for clothes, shoes, toys, electrical cords or books. You can keep adding to that list. The truth is nothing should ever be placed on your steps except your feet. It’s important to remove any and all clutter from your stairs to minimize the chances of any trips and falls. As points out, even area rugs at the top of stairways are tripping hazards, “so they’re best done away with.”

“Use some tape or wire staples to pin electrical cords along the baseboards where they’re nice, neat, and out of the way,” the site also advises, “Furniture near or on the landings should be rearranged to keep pathways open…While there’s plenty of decor that can add to the aesthetic of your stairs, it all increases the risk of falls.”

Carpet your staircase.

Many health experts dissuade people from carpeting the floors of their homes. Carpet has become notoriously known for trapping dust, dander and pet hair. All of the above can be irritants to our respiratory systems. However, carpet is obviously softer than hardwood flooring. If you live with either a senior or a toddler, carpeted stairs may be the answer to avoiding injury on the steps.

“Wood, particularly, can be slippery for babies and toddlers, and carpet can cushion any falls,” notes, “Carpets will still be useful as your child gets older, as young kids love to run around, and up and down the stairs. If your house and stairs area already carpeted, make sure it is tight-fitting.”

Ensure the stairwell is well-lit.

Good lighting is vital. If you can see what’s in front of you, you’ll be a lot less likely to trip and fall over something. Bright lighting on stairwells is especially important for seniors who contend with vision impairments. If your elderly loved one has trouble seeing, be sure to install additional lighting on and around the staircases in your home.

“Stairs should never have lower illumination levels than adjacent areas, so make sure the lights over your stairs have the same wattage as those in the surrounding hallways,” advises, “Be sure to install light switches at both the bottom and the top of the stairs so you don’t have to traverse an unlit staircase; and placing nightlights in hallways and landings for added visibility won’t hurt.”

Install a stair lift.

Stair lifts are effective solutions when sets of stairs keep people from enjoying all levels of their homes. To learn 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!

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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