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How To Help Your Elderly Loved One To Comfortably Age In Place

Who wouldn’t want to live at home for their entire lives? The word “home” is often used as a euphemism for “place I feel most comfortable”. In some cases, “home” is the word we use to describe our country of origin when we’re on vacation. Of course, in literal terms, “home” is the physical location where we go to sleep and wake up every day. Many seniors fear that they won’t enjoy this luxury due to their elevated requirements.

If you have an elderly loved one in your life who needs regular care, there are ways to help him/her age in place. Let’s discuss how you can help your loved one to do just that.

Select an appropriate home for your elderly loved one.

Just because the older adult in your life wishes to age in place, it doesn’t necessarily mean it must be done at your home. Perhaps, you have a very busy work schedule. Maybe your place of residence is too small. Do you have a family member whose home would be better suited to meet the needs of your aging parent? If a sibling lives in a house that can be equipped with a stair lift, for example, it may be more a suitable location for your elderly loved one to age in place.

“For aging-in-place, it’s good to have very easy access to the things that everyone needs to maintain body and soul: social activities, outdoor air, exercise, good food, and favourite activities,” contends Dr. Leslie Kernisan on, “Senior living communities usually make it easy for people to interact with neighbours, but a lively mixed-age neighbourhood in a city or the suburbs can also work well.”

Be mindful of the unique needs of your care recipient.

There is no one-size-fits-all solution to caring for a senior while he/she ages in place. Naturally, everyone is different. One of your first and most important tasks is to assess the specific needs of your loved one. Does he/she contend with mobility issues? If so, it’s possible that some home modifications are in order. Wheelchair users, for example, greatly benefit from having wheelchair lifts installed at the front entrances of their homes.

As Companions For Seniors reminds us, “whether you’re an aging adult considering your long-term care plan, or a family caregiver hoping to help an elder age in place, it’s important to carefully consider the senior’s needs, wants, preferences, and abilities.”

Seek other sources of help.

Be okay with the fact that you can’t do everything on your own. While your elderly loved one may live in your home, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you should be his/her only caregiver. Construct a team of trustworthy and caring individuals who are willing to lend helping hands. In some cases, this will mean cutting keys for team members. That way, they will have access to your home in order to assist your aging parent in the event you’re unavailable.

“Many of us have difficulty accepting help no matter what our age or condition, and it can be especially hard for aging adults as well as for family caregivers to accept help,” says Dr. Kernisan, “Furthermore, finding affordable help can be challenging. Fortunately, senior centers and caregiver support centers often offer ideas and referrals.”

Modify your home.

Advantage Home Health Solutions would love to help your elderly loved one to comfortably age in place. To learn all about our solutions, such as our stair lifts and wheelchair lifts, 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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