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!