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How To Prevent Injuries Based On Senior Mobility Issues

According to the Government of Canada, falls are the leading cause of injury among older Canadians. In fact, 20 to 30 percent of seniors experience one or more falls each year. The website also reveals that falls cause 85 percent of seniors’ injury-related hospitalizations and 95 percent of all hip fractures. Falls also cost Canadians $2 billion a year in direct healthcare costs. Evidently, falls among our elderly present a huge problem.

It is clear that more needs to be done to prevent senior citizens from falling as the chances of them seriously hurting themselves is very high. However, so many seniors experience mobility issues that are the causes of their falls. So what are the best ways to help prevent injuries based on senior mobility issues?

Help them to maintain active lifestyles.

The senior citizen in your life may love nothing more than spending the day in front of the television. If your elderly loved one prefers rest and relaxation over physical activity, he/she truly isn’t doing his/her body any favours. It’s important to engage older people in regular exercise programs to strengthen their muscles and improve their flexibility. As points out, this can help them to avoid potential falls.

The site goes on to promote the maintenance of a healthy weight through healthy eating. “It’s simply easier to get around without carrying extra weight, and there is less stress on bones and joints,” the website notes. Be sure to encourage the eating of fruits and vegetables over high-salt and high-sugar foods.

Eliminate tripping hazards from the home.

Do you have throw rugs in any of your living areas? Are there loose wires jutting out from behind your electronic equipment? Are there clothes, shoes or other items left strewn on your staircases? If you’ve answered “yes” to any of these questions, it’s time for a major clean up. Be sure to clear all walking areas of any obstacles and tripping hazards to help keep the seniors in your home upright.

“Pay special attention to safety equipping the bathroom and kitchen,” adds, “Use rubber appliqués or mats, raised toilet seats, and handrails where necessary. Clear the home of clutter and loose rugs or wires. Good lighting is essential; use night-lights in bathrooms, hallways, and, if needed, the bedroom.”

Have them avoid the stairs.

If you live in a home with multiple levels, this may not exactly be possible. However, as Jessica Hegg writes on, “stairs are can be extra tough for seniors to travel up and down because they require extra strength, balance, and energy. If your older adult seems to walk around fairly easily, but goes out of their way to limit their use of stairs, you may want to start talking with them about whether they need extra help or a mobility aid.”

At Advantage Home Health Solutions, we highly recommend stair lifts to ensure that elderly individuals never experience any life-altering falls on the stairs. Stair lifts can be made to work with straight or curved staircases and can be adapted to suit the specific needs of their users.

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!

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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