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Making The Stairs Safer For The Seniors In Your Home

The fact that older adults are more susceptible to slipping and falling should come as a surprise to no one. We’re all aware that, with age, our strength and balance decreases. As Sandra Martin further explains in The Globe and Mail, our bones and muscles become thinner and more prone to breaking. She goes on to report some startling findings of a 2016 report from the Alliance for a National Seniors Strategy.

“In Canada, between 20 per cent and 30 per cent of people over the age of 65 fall annually, threatening their independence and general well-being and costing the health-care system an estimated $2.2-billion dollars in hospitalizations, surgeries, rehabilitation programs and other expenses,” the report reveals.

Why are falls so likely to happen on stairs?

Something that should also come as a surprise to no one is the fact that staircases are commonly locations for slips and falls. Naturally, stairs are designed for people to walk up and down, requiring some extra special attention to footing. As reminds us, stairs are obviously not flat surfaces and not all staircases are created equal.

“Stairs are not all uniform in height, depth, or incline,” notes the website, “Stairs that are taller than 7 inches are more dangerous. Stairs that are not 11 inches or deeper, from the edge of the stair to the base of the next one, are also more dangerous. Even stairs on the same staircase can vary in dimension which can lead to common foot placement error and falling.”

What steps should be taken to make safer staircases?

It should probably go without saying that good, sturdy handrails are mandatory. Giving seniors something to hold on to is necessary to help them keep their balance on the stairs. Be sure to have handrails that fit comfortably in your older adult’s hands. Bright lighting is also important. Being able to clearly see in front of you is a great way to avoid tripping hazards. Speaking of which, it’s vital to rid your staircase of anything that can be tripped over.

“Rugs should never be placed close to a staircase, as they increase the risk of tripping and falling,” insists, “Check stairs and steps for any potential dangers, such as items of furniture nearby that could cause your loved one to trip or stumble. Ideally, the route to a staircase should be clear, well lit and uncluttered.”

Stair lifts provide the ultimate safety solution!

At Advantage Home Health Solutions, we’re proud to offer an array of high-quality stair lifts which are guaranteed to eliminate slips and falls on the stairs. Stair lifts are motorized chairs that make it safe and easy to access multiple floors in your home, completely eliminating the need to deal with steps.

They 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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