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The Art Of Boosting A Senior’s Self-Esteem

Everyone who lives with older adults is very well aware of the many physical challenges they face. We make it our duties to ensure the safety and well-being of the seniors in our lives. However, it’s important for us to remember that, while helping our elderly loved ones, we have to come up with ways to help them feel independent. A loss of independence is a huge reason so many seniors have lowered self-esteems.

In what ways can you help to boost a senior’s self-esteem?

Help to grow his/her social network.

No, we’re not talking about social media here. The majority of senior citizens aren’t particularly concerned about engaging with others on the Facebooks, Twitters and Instagrams of the world. Instead, they’d much prefer to connect with others the old fashioned way. The thing is they often don’t have the confidence to go out and meet new people. With your help, your elderly loved one can join a group of seniors. Being around relatable people can grow a senior’s of self-worth.

As Beth Brown of Palm Beach’s Home Care Assistance points out, “meeting seniors their own age who are going through similar life experiences can provide your loved one with support you simply can’t offer. Sharing his or her experiences and listening to others will help your loved one feel a sense of belonging and connectedness to his or her peers.”

Encourage strong hygiene practices.

For many older adults, it’s hard to find the energy to bathe on a regular basis. When bouts of depression kick in, it can also lead to unwillingness to comb hair, brush teeth and practice generally washing up. When you encourage your elderly loved one to maintain good hygiene, it will help him/her to feel, smell and look better. This can help your elderly loved one to feel better about himself/herself in general.

“Sitting around in sweats and a bathrobe might be comfortable, but it’s certainly no way to increase your self-esteem,” warns Beth Sager of Griswold Home Care, “Get up, get cleaned up, and get dressed as if you are going out to socialize even if you aren’t. You’ll find that your opinion of yourself becomes more positive. And if you are having trouble having good hygiene, a caregiver can help with personal care.”

Make your home more accessible.

There are few things that are worse for a senior’s confidence than an inability to climb the stairs or even get up from a chair without assistance. To restore an older adult’s independence is to give him/her confidence that he/she would otherwise not have. This is why making your home accessible is such an important step in growing your elderly loved one’s self-esteem.

“Many times, a dip in self-esteem is the direct result of the loss of independence,” agrees assures Tom Laborde of Aegis Living, “Be proactive by installing handrails in the tub, checking that rugs don’t slip, keep frequently used items within easy reach, and make sure pathways in the house are clear for easy walking.  Give them the tools they need to live safely in their home.”

At Advantage Home Health Solutions, we proudly offer a number of solutions that make your home more accessible. Among them are our high-quality stair lifts. To learn all about them, 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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