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Think about it. Even in our toddler years, many of us were insistent upon doing things on our own. Just ask any parent of a three year-old how often they hear the words “I want to do it myself!” and you’ll know that independence is something we all value from an early age. If you’re not convinced, ask a teenager just how much he/she enjoys having to adhere to the curfews set forth by Mom and Dad.

The point, of course, is that we all inherently cherish the ability to do things for ourselves. So, just imagine living your entire life being independent practically taking it for granted only to get to a point when you require assistance with many or all of what used to be life’s easiest tasks. Getting dressed, using the washroom, climbing the stairs these are all activities that can present a senior citizen with great difficulties.

How can caregivers help to restore independence in seniors?

It’s important, first and foremost, to respect an elderly individual’s emotional state. It certainly can’t be easy to have to depend on someone else to help with seemingly simple physical activities. Especially when such activities would generally require privacy bathing, for example it can be mentally strenuous. As a result, it’s necessary for caregivers to focus on both the emotional and physical well-beings of the seniors they help.

Our friends at Comfort Keepers, who have an office in Calgary, refer to it as “interactive caregiving”. “Interactive caregiving is a method of caring for seniors that promotes physical, mental, social and emotional well-being,” they explain on their website, “When put into action, this philosophy focuses on the person as a whole, helps seniors live the highest possible quality of life by keeping them happy and engaged, and fosters healthy independent living within their own homes.”

Focusing on “little things” is a big deal.

When you practice interactive caregiving, you’re aware that allowing your elderly loved ones to handle the “little things” can make a big difference in their emotional well-beings. Something as supposedly small as asking a senior if he/she would like to retrieve a fork from the drawer before dinner instead of automatically getting it for him/her can help with giving that senior a stronger sense of independence.

According to Gary Drevitch on Forbes.com, “while many of us focus on big-picture priorities when we plot a future of aging in place living near family and quality doctors and maintaining our ability to drive, for example experts on the ground have discovered that it is more often the little things, like being able to use kitchen utensils and navigate steps, that end up limiting our ability to remain independent.”

At Advantage Home Health Solutions, we’ve made it no secret that helping to restore the independence of our clients is a top priority. If you have any questions about the independence-promoting mobility solutions, stair lifts and bathroom accessibility devices that we have 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!

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.