Mobility issues are difficult for people of all ages. For many elderly adults, moving around without the fear of slipping and falling can be difficult. Aches, pains and ailments brought on by old age are common factors for why people require mobility solutions such as wheelchairs. Similarly, individuals who have endured injuries or illnesses also have mobility challenges.
If you live with either a senior or a person with mobility issues and your home has a staircase, it’s a good idea to consider installing a stair lift. What are the benefits?
Stair lifts increase safety.
Probably the most obvious reason to install a stair lift in your home is to maximize the safety of the individual making use of it. A person who is unsteady on his/her feet is clearly prone to falling down. Especially for those who are elderly, a fall can lead to a major injury. In fact, slips and falls on stairs can lead to death. With a stair lift in place, a person’s risk of falling down the stairs is completely removed.
“Recent statistics have indicated that many seniors who sustain injuries or experience a fall often do so while in the comfort of their residences, the majority of whom are already using wheelchairs to move around,” reports AgingInPlace.org, “The stair lift will help to keep you safe as you move around and it eliminates the risk of tripping on an item, slipping, suddenly becoming dizzy, or tired, as well as that of missing a step.”
Stair lifts help homeowners to avoid relocating.
A homeowner that lives with a person with disabilities has to make many modifications. In some cases, a move feels necessary. “I need to find a more accessible home for my mom,” is a sentence that is often uttered by those in this situation. But what if you could make your current home more accessible? With a stair lift, you can avoid the idea of moving to a bungalow or condo. Your house, complete with its winding staircase, can still be a comfortable residence of your elderly loved one.
“The worst-case scenario for someone with limited mobility is having to move out of their house because they can no longer go up and down the stairs,” says New York’s Penn York Medical, “Stair lifts solve that issue by essentially making a house step-free.”
Stair lifts offer great flexibility.
Stair lifts are certainly not limited to the “one size fits all” category. It would be impossible, in fact, to have only one type of stair lift available on the market. Of course, there is a myriad of different staircases in homes all over the world. Therefore, stair lifts were created to be adaptable. There are stair lifts for both straight and curved staircases. Models exist that are compatible with staircases with landings and quick turns.
“The stair lifts are designed in such a way that they can be installed on any kind of staircase,” explains AgingInPlace.org, “This means that you can have it connected to your house regardless of whether you have curved, straight, or several landings in your staircase. What’s even better, is the fact that you can install this lift on any side of the staircase that you fancy.”
The Advantage Home Health Solutions team always ensures that you have the complete picture to make an informed stair lift purchase. We’ll help you through the considerations listed above so you can choose which stair lift solution is best for you. To learn more, 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!