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Overcoming The Barriers Of Aging In Place

Aging in place is much preferred by the majority of Canadian senior citizens. This is especially true now that COVID-19 has proven to be a havoc-wreaker on old age homes all across the country. However, for most senior citizens, living at home isn’t all that easy. It’s important for their homes to be safe and equipped with all of the necessities that make their lives comfortable.

As you’re likely aware, there are numerous barriers to aging in place. But what are the best ways to overcome them?

Properly prepare for the inevitable.

To be fair, the vast majority of us are not usually prepared for our parents to get old. We know that the situation is inevitable, but we still don’t fully accept the realities that come with it. It’s hard. Especially for older adults with mobility issues, it’s difficult to live each day in a home that isn’t fully accommodating.

Carol Pardue-Spears of Family Matters In-Home Care notes that a lack of preparation is a common barrier to comfortably aging in place. “It’s not like we don’t know it’s coming, yet many people are simply unprepared for aging in place,” she writes, “For the most part, people don’t think that far ahead and are unsure what to do in the first place. If they do prepare, it is typically not well enough for the demands to come.”

Remove transportation and mobility roadblocks.

How does your elderly loved one get around when leaving the home? Is there a public transit option in your city that accommodates for mobility solutions such as wheelchairs and scooters? It’s important to remember that, in addition to the home itself, its surrounding area must be considered for your elderly loved one’s use. Pardue-Spears points out that public transportation doesn’t always accommodate those with mobility issues.

“Today’s transportation facilities are much too focused on cars, with near total lack of options for non-driving adults or households without cars,” she notes, “Public transportation options, if available at all, often lack connectivity and are difficult for older adults to reach, board, and safely get home. For older adults that like to walk, even that can be a challenge as most cities have miles of crumbling and cracked sidewalks and related pedestrian facilities are inadequate.”

Address the not-so-accessible levels of the home.

Have you considered that the design of your home may be a barrier to aging in place? Does it have long staircases? Is there a basement and an attic? Will your elderly loved one require access to each level? It’s wise to consider installing a stair lift if the older adult in your home contends with mobility issues. Many people don’t consider this before considering moving Mom and Dad back in.

“There just aren’t enough homes that are designed to make life easier, keep us healthier or support us when we need it,” insists DeVol Design.Build.Remodel. The Ohio-based company is dedicated to helping people overcome aging in place barriers through remodelling projects.

Advantage Home Health Solutions is just as dedicated to making aging in place much easier for seniors. In addition to stair lifts, we offer a wide variety of mobility solutions and accessibility devices including wheelchairs and scooters. To learn more about them, 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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