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Turning Your Home Into A Fall-Proof Location

It’s probably not feasible to turn your home into a 100% fall-proof location. But, if you live with a senior or other family member with a mobility issue, it’s incredibly important to find ways to minimize the risks of slipping and falling in your home.

“Approximately one in three seniors fall per year, with 20 per cent resulting in an emergency department visit because of broken bones, bruises or head injury,” writes Dr. Danielle Martin on, “And while many people aren’t aware of the easy steps that can be taken to avoid falls, falls can be prevented. In fact, falls are the most preventable risk to health among seniors.”

How to fall-proof your living room.

The living room is an innocent enough location within the home, isn’t it? It’s the place regularly used for “chilling out”, sitting on the couch, watching TV and talking with family members and visitors. However, because the living room sees a lot of action, there are numerous elements within it that can present tripping hazards.

As Dr. Martin remind us, it’s important to keep electrical cords and phone cords away from walkways. As well, your coffee tables, magazine racks and plant stands should be positioned away from high-traffic areas. There should be no loose rugs in your living room. If you insist on having a rug, be sure to have it secured to the floor with double-faced tape, she advises.

How to fall-proof your bathroom.

As we’ve pointed out in numerous blogs before, the bathroom is generally recognized as the most dangerous room in the home. Its slick surfaces make slipping and falling a lot more likely to happen. This is why it is highly recommended that homes where seniors and individuals with mobility issues live have grab bars installed in their bathrooms. When placed by the toilet and in the shower, they greatly assist with balance.

Dr. Martin also reminds us to use non-slip mats in the bathtub or shower. She also recommends “a sturdy plastic seat for the shower or tub, plus a hand-held shower nozzle for bathing while sitting down” while encouraging caregivers to “speak to a doctor about medicines that may increase the risk of falls such as sleeping pills, sedating antihistamines and some antidepressants.”

How to fall-proof your staircases.

In their Safe Living Guide, the Public Health Agency of Canada encourages homeowners to keep their stairways well lit by having light switches at both the top and bottom of the stairs. They also insist that stairs be free of clutter, are in good repair and have non-skid surfaces. As well, The Public Health Agency of Canada notes that solid handrails should appear on both sides of the stairway.

While this is all good advice, the team at Advantage Home Health Solutions is well aware that there is truly only one guaranteed way to prevent falls on staircases: stair lifts. We would be more than happy to discuss with you the various stair lift options that we have available for you. Be sure to ask us about our grab bars and other bathroom accessibility devices too!

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!

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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