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Making Your Home A Trip-Free Zone

One of the hottest topics to find its way into the Advantage Home Health Solutions Blog is the dangers associated with slips and falls. As we’ve pointed out on many occasions, slips and falls are especially prevalent among seniors, causing them to visit the hospital more than any other reason.

As Kas Roussy of CBC News reports, the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) has found that unintentional falls were the most common form of injury across the country in 2017. This resulted in nearly 1,800 emergency-room visits each day. “In all, falling was responsible for 32 per cent of all reported ER visits that year, the agency says, costing the health-care system more than $2 billion,” writes Roussy.

What can you do to make your home a trip-free zone?

Scour your entire house.

If you live with an elderly loved one, you can’t afford not to. Make sure each and every room is free of tripping hazards. It takes a little bit more effort than simply picking things up off the floor and tucking away loose wires. Of course, removing obstacles like clothes, toys, tools and just about anything else will help to make hallways and staircases safer. However, it’s important to remove some other tripping hazards that are commonly kept on the floor.

Throw rugs belong in this category. While they are often considered decorative additions to rooms, they can bunch up and cause people to trip. “Remove or secure all throw rugs to the floor to prevent your loved one’s feet from getting caught up,” advises Griswold Home Care, “Clear all pathways of clutter and make sure that all cords are secured and out of the way.”

Clear the stairs.

Pay extra special attention to your staircases. Naturally, they’re used to travel up and down from one level of your home to another. And, of course, a trip down the stairs is one of the most dangerous possibilities for any member of your household. Make no mistake – such falls can lead to death for seniors. Make sure your stairs are completely clear of all debris.

“Pay especially close attention to hallways and stairs, making sure that they are clear of clutter and debris,” reiterates Griswold Home Care, “Stairways should have sturdy, securely attached handrails on both sides and safety treads attached to every step. If any steps are loose or in disrepair, be sure to have them fixed as soon as possible.”

Install a stair lift.

If you’d like to guarantee the elderly loved one in your home never trips down the stairs, installing a stair lift is the way to go. A stair lift, which is also known as a stair chair or chair lift, is a motorized chair that makes it safe and easy to access multiple floors in your home. It completely eliminates the need to deal with steps.

Stair lifts 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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