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At no point would we suggest that a senior citizen do any heavy weightlifting. We would, however, strongly encourage older adults to exercise on a regular basis. Keeping active is a key way to maintain optimum health, no matter your age. For seniors, a little light exercise each day is an excellent way to maximize strength, better balance and maintain healthy weights. There are many exercises that can help with this.

Let’s take a look at which exercises are best.

 

Swimming relieves joint stress.

A dip in the pool can do a lot more for an older adult than provide some relaxation and fun. Swimming helps seniors to strengthen their core muscles. Not only does this work to improve balance, it also helps to reduce the risk of osteoporosis. Swimming is actually known to better bone mineral density (BMD) which helps to fight osteoporosis. This is very important especially for women.

“Swimming relieves stress on your bones and joints, and conditions your whole body as you move through the water,” reports Comfort Keepers, “It has a lower risk of injury than many other exercises, and can even help post-menopausal women avoid bone loss. Water aerobics combines cardiovascular exercise with strength training for a low-impact, full-body workout. The water’s resistance strengthens your muscles as you move.”

Walking heel to toe betters balance.

This one sounds easier than it actually is. You don’t have to be an older adult to have a little difficult with the heel-to-toe walking exercise. It’s a good one to try in order to improve your balance. Let it be known that keeping upright is a key component to living injury-free in your later years. Falls are known to cause the majority of hospitalizations among seniors. Needless to say, slipping and falling can cause significant injuries to older folks.

Lifeline.ca explains how to practice walking heel to toe in order to improve balance. “Put your right foot in front of your left foot so that the heel of your right foot touches the top of the toes of your left foot,” instructs the site, “Move your left foot in front of your right, putting your weight on your heel. Then, shift your weight to your toes. Repeat the step with your left foot. Walk this way for 20 steps.”

Tai chi improves flexibility.

According to research, practicing tai chi can improve balance, stability and flexibility in older people. This is particularly beneficial for older individuals who have Parkinson’s disease. When practiced on a regular basis, this meditative exercise can also help to reduce pain caused by knee osteoarthritis, back problems and fibromyalgia.

“You can find classes at gyms, community centers, or dedicated tai chi studios,” informs Comfort Keepers, “The focus on breathing helps to improve concentration and reduce stress, and the slow, flowing movements tone and stretch muscles — but the biggest benefit for seniors is probably improved balance. Balance begins to decline as we age, and good balance helps to prevent falls, a major cause of injury and death among seniors.”

At Advantage Home Health Solutions, we do all we can to help older adults who can’t be as active as they would like. If you live with an elderly loved one who struggles with mobility issues, we would love to talk to you about our high-quality mobility solutions. They include stair lifts and wheelchair lifts among many others. 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!

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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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