ZigaForm version 5.5.1

Blog: Advantage Home Health Solutions Logo 

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!

With age, we tend to lose strength and balance. As a result, falls can occur more easily for older adults. Statistically, this has been proven. Falls have been determined as the number one cause of injury-related deaths and hospitalizations of Canadian seniors.

Needless to say, it’s imperative to prevent your elderly loved ones from falling. This is especially true when they are walking up or down the stairs.

What can you do to make your household’s stairwells safe for everyone?

Put on footwear with non-slip soles.

For many Canadians, wearing shoes in the house is a no-no. Slippers, on the other hand, are commonly worn in the home. However, if you’re either a senior or someone with balance challenges, it’s important to put on footwear with excellent tread. It will help you to have firmer grips on the floor, keeping you steadier while walking. On the stairs, wearing something on your feet with non-slip soles is especially important. They can help to significantly reduce the risk of falling.

According to Elder.org, “if your loved one experiences any mobility problems, the correct footwear can be helpful, providing excellent grip and support for the feet. Old or worn shoes and slippers should be thrown out and replaced with sturdy and practical footwear with a non-slip sole.”

Keep objects off the stairs.

No staircase should ever be cluttered. However, so many of us are guilty of having left our bags, briefcases and books lying on the stairs. A home with children in it may often have toys lying around. Keep them and everything else off the stairs! Obviously, objects on steps are tripping hazards. As the U.K.’s HR Fibreglass points out, keeping steps clean and clear is perhaps one the simplest and yet most crucial ways to ensure safety on them.

“Fallen items, debris, litter and leaves can all dramatically increase the chances of an accident,” says their website, “Build regular checks into your daily routine and create an accountable culture to help minimise risk and ensure that staff take responsibility and remove any potential hazards as soon as they are spotted to keep stairways clear.”

Practice stair safety techniques.

What exactly are stair safety techniques? Holding on to the handrail is an example. Many of us take those rails for granted, but they are certainly there for a reason. Encourage the elderly loved ones in your home to walk up and/or down the stairs at a slow pace, always holding the handrail. Reiterate that moving slowly is an important part of keeping safe.

“You may need to spend time teaching your elderly relative techniques for negotiating stairs more safely,” says Elder.org, “High quality live-in care agencies, such as those offering dementia care, will provide carers who can offer support for most trips up and down the stairs. It’s still worth taking the time to go over stair safety from time to time, to make sure that the message is retained and understood.”

Install a stair lift.

If you live with either a senior or a person with mobility issues and your home has a staircase, it’s a good idea to consider installing a stair lift. Stair lifts require no home modification to install and they fold to park out of the way allowing easy access to others who need to use the stairs.

The Advantage Home Health Solutions team always ensures that you have the complete picture to make an informed stair lift purchase. 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!

How A Stair Lift Can Maximize Safety In Your Home

How A Stair Lift Can Maximize Safety In Your Home

One of the toughest parts about enduring a mobility issue is the loss of independence that often comes with it. A stair lift can change everything. Here’s 3 ways to restore independence with a stair lift.

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… 

Ask us for a free, no obligation in-home assessment. Just fill out our information request and get a FREE consultation today.