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Taking The Proper Steps To Make Staircases Safer

The secret is out. The older we get, the harder it is to maintain our balance. It’s no wonder many members of our elderly population require the use of mobility solutions such as walkers, rollators and wheelchairs. And while the Advantage Home Health Solutions team is very proud to offer a wide variety of the above mentioned solutions, we’re also well aware that many steps should be taken to make staircases safer.

Walkers, rollators and wheelchairs aren’t exactly helpful for stair climbing. Even for seniors who are able to walk around on their own experience difficulties with ascending the stairs. As the Government of Canada reveals on their website, “seniors are more at risk for falling on stairs than younger adults, and more likely to suffer severe injuries. In fact, seniors 65+ account for 70% of the deaths resulting from stair accidents.”

So what steps should be taken to make staircases safer?

Insisting upon sturdy, safe, strong and secure handrails.

That’s a lot of adjectives, isn’t it? Each one is important. Ensuring that the elderly loved one in your life has something to hold on to as he/she goes up and down the stairs will help to prevent slips and falls. The website insists that handrails be well secured and that one’s full hand can get around them.

The site also suggests that handrails be installed at a height of 34 to 38 inches (or 86 to 97 centimetres). “There should be a handrail on at least one side of all stairways,” the website continues, “The height should allow you to use it comfortably when your arm is slightly bent at the elbow.”

Building strength and balance through exercise.

Staircase safety requires more than making changes to the staircases themselves. There should be some onus placed on all users of staircases to grow their strength and balance as much as possible. Catherine Harrop of CBC News writes that exercises designed for older adults are proving to help them gain better balance and strength. For her article on the subject, she interviews Alina Cress, who is the program co-ordinator with recreation services at the University of New Brunswick.

“It helps strengthen the muscles that we require to hold us upright,” Cress says of her training program for seniors, “Our posture muscles, to keep our shoulders and hips stacked over each other, our core muscles that help to stabilize through our trunk, our hip muscles that help us stabilize through our pelvis and through our centre of gravity. The balance exercises help target sensory information that we get from our feet on the floor, and our visual sensations.”

Installing stair lifts.

When all else fails, you can never go wrong with a stair lift! Stair lifts have the ability to eliminate slips and falls on the stairs. It’s one of the main reasons the Advantage Home Health Solutions is so proud to offer them. For more information about the various stair lifts we offer, 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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