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Taking Steps To Make The Stairs In Your Home Safer For Seniors

As we age, many of us get a little less steady on our feet. As a result, it’s not uncommon to see our elderly loved ones use walkers and canes to help them keep their balance. And while these mobility solutions enable seniors to safely walk from place to place, they don’t necessarily help with a particularly difficult household task climbing the stairs. Needless to say, walking a flight of steps can be difficult for someone with mobility issues.

This is especially true if that person is a senior citizen who may be prone to slips and falls. As Stephanie Clarke points out on, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report that more than half of all falls happen inside the home “and another study takes it further, claiming that between 10 and 15 percent of those falls occur on stairs.” Making the stairs in your home as safe as possible is of paramount importance for its elderly inhabitants.

What can you do to make the stairs in your home safer?

Some would argue that it all starts with visibility. Offering your elderly loved one a lighted path helps him/her to locate a firm grip of the handrail, avoid any obstacles and see each step during ascension. Visibility can be aided with night lights at the tops and bottoms of the stairs, but as the Public Health Agency of Canada advises, you should install lights and switches to ensure that all of your stairways are well lit.

“By adding additional lighting to the staircase, you will be providing the best resource for the senior in your life to be able to make better hand and foot placement choices,” adds Clarke, “If adding more light fixtures is not a viable option at the moment, color coded safety strips on each stair can help provide a similar effect; particularly on the first and last steps of the staircase. The first and last steps are a very common step for a fall to occur because they are simply missed.”

How important is the structure of the stairs when considering safety?

As you’ve likely surmised, it’s very important to ensure that the composition of your steps has safety in mind. Some hardwood steps are considered to have slippery surfaces. However, even those with carpeting can produce hazards that increase the risk of falls. Clarke suggests that you “replace any high fibre carpet known to be slippery with a tightly woven carpet with short fibres.” She also recommends putting in backs to “open backed” stairs as they cause visual distractions that worsen perception.

The Public Health Agency of Canada also champions the repair of uneven surfaces, cracks, bunched-up stair-coverings and protruding nails. They also recommend painting contrasting colours on the edges of wooden or concrete steps to enhance their visibility. Not surprisingly, the Public Health Agency of Canada also advocates handrails. “There should be a handrail on at least one side of all stairways,” notes their website, “The height should allow you to use it comfortably when your arm is slightly bent at the elbow.”

What is the safest way to get a senior with mobility issues up and down the stairs?

At Advantage Home Health Solutions, we proudly offer stair lifts as mobility solutions for individuals who have trouble ascending and descending stairs. Thanks to their long list of safety features, stair lifts promise their users risk-free access to the various levels of their homes.

If you have any questions about the stair lifts that Advantage Home Health Solutions has to offer, please don’t hesitate to contact us to ask them. Give us a call at 403-460-5438. You may also email us by filling out the form on our Contact Us 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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