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The All-Important Practice Of Staircase Safety

For individuals with mobility issues, a flight of stairs can be a dangerous part of the home. This is especially true for those who require wheelchairs and/or walkers. Especially for the benefit of our elderly loved ones, a particular focus must be placed on staircase safety.

In a number of past blogs, we’ve pointed out just how serious the injuries can be that result from slipping and falling. Needless to say, a fall down a flight of steps is the last thing you’d want happening in your home. So what can be done to make your staircase safer?

Well, for starters, let’s take down the decorations!

Yes, it’s true that many homes have their beauty enhanced by wonderful framed photos of family members and friends adorning the walls. The walls of your staircase, however, are better left bare. The potential no matter how remote of a picture falling from the wall and crashing on to your staircase is enough to relocate your precious framed photos.

Rob Blackbeard of South Africa’s staircase experts at Steel Studio agrees that it’s unwise to have any decorations along your staircase. “Never clutter your staircase with decorations and items that could compromise the staircase safety,” he writes, noting that it’s important to work with staircase contractors with proven track records, “This will ensure your safe journey up and down your beautiful new staircase, for years to come.”

And let’s not forget to illuminate your walkways.

Lights make everything better. Simply put, the better the lighting, the easier it is to see. It’s a no brainer, right? Make it easy to see each stair by having additional lighting in the staircase area. This is especially important for elderly loved ones with vision impairments. In the event that there is an obstacle of some kind on the stairs, it can be avoided more easily when the lighting is good.

“By adding lighting to your staircase, you are adding an additional safety factor to the stairs,” writes Blackbeard, “Users will find it easier to navigate a staircase, especially in the dark, if there is lighting provided. Staircase lighting has become a popular design element in any staircase design and this can be done in many creative ways to construct more interest in the overall look and feel of the staircase.”

For maximum safety, take a stair lift!

At Advantage Home Health Solutions, we proudly offer both new and recycled high-quality stair lifts. Also known as stair chairs or chair lifts, these motorized chairs make it safe and easy for anyone to access multiple floors of the home. By using a stair lift, you completely eliminate the dangers associated with walking up and down steps.

Our stair lifts can be made to work with either straight or curved staircases and can be adapted to suit the specific needs of their users. 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.

Find Out More About Stair Lifts… 

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