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We want to help you understand what options are available so you have the information you need to determine the best solution for you in your home. We welcome your inquiry!

Is Your Aging Parent Showing Signs That A Mobility Solution Is Needed?

Too often, seniors are stereotyped as being completely dependent. Many older adults are fully capable of caring for themselves. They drive, go shopping and even play sports. However, there comes a time in nearly everyone’s older person’s life when he/she needs a little help with everyday activities. Are you noticing the onset of mobility issues with an elderly loved one in your life? What are the signs that your aging parent may need to begin using a mobility solution?

Your aging parent skips physical activity.

Light exercise is recommended for all older adults. It promotes blood circulation, strengthens muscles and helps to promote better balance and overall strength. Many seniors quite enjoy engaging in physical activity. But are you noticing that Mom or Dad is refusing to go to the park these days? Does he/she not seem to demonstrate the same enthusiasm for taking a walk? If so, a walker or rollator would be an excellent choice to help with his/her mobility.

“Another warning sign is an older adult who previously engaged in some degree of exercise but now is choosing a more sedentary lifestyle,” points out British Columbia’s Serenity Home Care, “Weakness or exhaustion can lead to problems with mobility.”

The senior in your life experiences frequent falls.

Research shows that about 80 percent of injury hospitalizations involving seniors were due to falls. If the senior in your life is unstable on his/her feet, there is literally no time to waste in addressing the matter. Falls are known to cause severe injuries and even deaths. As Florida’s Advent Christian Village reports, the World Health Organization cites falls as the second leading cause of accidents among seniors.

“Those over the age of 65 are at an increased risk for serious injury,” says their website, “While leaving your house typically increases your likelihood of a fall, it’s important to understand your home can pose a similar risk – especially the bathroom. If you have two or more falls within a 3 to 6 month period it could be time to consider a basic mobility device, such as a cane.”

Your loved one stays clear of the stairs.

Is the senior in your life avoiding the stairs? For many older adults, walking up and down the stairs is a harrowing task. Naturally, you want to avoid falls on the stairs. Stairway accidents can be deadly. To assist your elderly loved one with safe climbs up and down the stairs, a stair lift is highly recommended. The revolutionary invention completely eliminates the risk of slipping and falling down the steps.

“An older adult who appears to be getting around just fine but is avoiding going up or down stairs could be fearful of falling because of mobility changes,” notes Serenity Home Care.

At Advantage Home Health Solutions, we always ensure that you have the complete picture to make an informed decision. You’ll know all of the possible options so you can choose which mobility solution is best for you. To learn more, 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.

Find Out More About Stair Lifts… 

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