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Prioritizing Senior Safety In 2021

Welcome to 2021! The Advantage Home Health Solutions team would like to wish you a very happy and healthy new year. Here’s hoping it’s one that will end without having us all enduring a pandemic. We’re also hopeful that 2021 is a year when no ill health effects or injuries burden your family. One way to help ensure that is to prioritize senior safety. If you live with elderly loved ones, there are some important steps to take to keep them free from harm.

Ensure adequate lighting throughout the home.

It’s no secret that many older adults contend with vision issues. Having impaired vision generally requires wearing prescription glasses. We all know that. However, it’s important to not underestimate the importance of good lighting. The brighter your home is, the easier it will be for the senior who lives within it to see where he/she is going. With adequate lighting throughout the home, you can prevent injury-inducing falls.

MaryAnn Edelman and Carmel T. Ficorelli are associate professors of nursing at Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn, New York. “Many older adults have sensory impairments, including impaired hearing and vision, that contribute to fall risk,” they inform us on behalf of Nursing 2021, “Their ability to adjust to night vision is decreased, and they need up to three times the amount of light that younger adults need to see well.”

Install bathroom grab bars.

Bathroom grab bars are highly recommended in homes where seniors live. They can be installed in the tub, shower, by the toilet or any other location where providing extra leverage and stability is necessary. Grab bars are available in a variety of lengths, colours and finishes and can be straight, curved, right angle or even swing away wall bars.

On, Claire Samuels reminds us that most in-home falls occur in the bathroom “Age Safe America calls falls ‘a preventable epidemic’ and began a ‘Grab Bars are the New Seatbelts’ campaign last year,” she informs us.

Invest in the appropriate mobility solutions.

“Older adults may experience altered depth perception that can put them at risk for falls,” Edelman and Ficorelli remind us, “Functional limitations that impede their mobility and ability to engage in activities of daily living also increase the risk of falls and may ultimately contribute to placement in a long-term-care facility.”

At Advantage Home Health Solutions, we proudly provide a wide variety of mobility solutions and personal health care products for older adults. They include stair lifts, power lift chairs, scooters, wheelchairs, walkers and rollators and so much more!

As well, grab bars are just one of the many bathroom accessibility devices that we offer. Proper installation is crucial for bathroom grab bars and special fasteners are available to make them nearly impossible to pull out of the wall, even if studs can’t be found. Special precautions need to be taken when drilling into ceramic tile to ensure that the tiles don’t crack. Our highly trained installers will ensure that your grab bars stay put and that there is no damage to your ceramic tile finish.

For more information, 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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