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Why Stair Lifts Make Ideal Safety Solutions At Home

Do you live with an elderly loved one or individual who suffers from mobility issues? If so, you likely spend good portions of each day worrying about his/her safety. This is especially true when it comes to climbing up and down the stairs. Those who have balance and strength issues are clearly more susceptible to sustaining injuries from falling down the stairs. The results from such falls can often be disastrous.

“Falls within the home accounted for more than 114,000 emergency department visits (in 2017), making it the most common place that people take a tumble,” reports The Canadian Press via CBC. At Advantage Home Health Solutions, we believe that stair lifts make the ideal fall-preventing safety solution at home.

Have there been any injuries on the stairs in your home?

Avoiding injuries at all costs is arguably the most important reason to install a stair lift in your home. Sadly, seniors are more susceptible to falling and hurting themselves than their younger counterparts. Even worse, older adults are a lot more likely to sustain serious injuries after a fall. This is especially true for tumbles down long staircases.

As reported by the Public Health Agency of Canada, the majority of reported falls result in broken or fractured bones. Over one third of all fall-related hospitalizations among seniors are associated with hip fractures.

Do you have a family member who avoids the stairs?

Does your elderly loved one tend to stay in one room for the majority of the day? A fear of falling is often enough to keep a person from enjoying quality family time. Some seniors will noticeably stay in their bedrooms throughout the day. By doing so, they avoid the potential of falling down the stairs. However, they also miss out on family meals, TV time and other activities that the rest of the household members may be enjoying together.

Does your family member sleep on the couch instead of in his/her bedroom? Another effect of not having a stair lift is that a person will remain on the main level of the home instead of venturing upstairs. Having a stair lift installed will give everyone in the home safe and easy access to any floor they wish to be on.

Stair lifts are easy to use!

Thankfully, stair lifts are not mobility solutions that cause more harm than good. Many older adults find that using modern technology can be troublesome. Stair lifts, however, are extremely easy to use. The basic steps include sitting on the seat, putting on the seatbelt and using the controls to move the stair lift up or down the stairs.

To stop a stair lift, a user simply needs to release the switch. As well, stair lifts are equipped with safety systems that will stop the lifts in the event they come into contact with anything on the stairs.

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!

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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