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How Stair Lifts Make Life Easier For Toronto’s Elderly Population

Since 2010, LifeCare Mobility Solutions has proudly served the Greater Toronto Area. We provide full solutions from products to in-home consultations and equipment maintenance for both elderly individuals and those with mobility issues. Markham, Scarborough, North York, Richmond Hill, Thornhill, Pickering, Ajax, Whitby, Oshawa and other areas in the GTA have all benefitted from our dedication to addressing mobility needs.

Among our most popular mobility solutions are stair lifts. Perfect for older adults who experience difficulties climbing the steps of their homes, stair lifts are motorized chairs that slowly and safely glide up and down sets of stairs. Stair lifts can be mounted on either straight or curved staircases. Let’s explore how stair lifts can make life easier for Toronto’s elderly population.

Stair lifts are the masters of fall prevention.

The City of Toronto reports that one in three older adults fall at least once a year. The Public Health Agency of Canada concurs by reporting that 20 to 30 percent of Canadian seniors experience one of more falls each year. “Falls cause 85% of seniors’ injury-related hospitalizations, 95% of all hip fractures…and over one third of seniors are admitted to long-term care following hospitalization for a fall,” they report.

Because stair lifts eliminate the need for older adults to climb up or down staircases, the risk of falling disappears. With a stair lift, a senior simply sits comfortably in the chair, fastens the seat belt and uses the toggle to safely glide up or down the stairs. It’s a smooth ride that ensures that no strenuous weight is placed on the legs.

Stair lifts return seniors to states of independence.

Pretty much all Canadians seniors value their independence. This was affirmed by a 2020 National Institute of Ageing (NIA)/TELUS Health Survey. It found that nearly 100 percent of Canadians aged 65 years of age and older plan on supporting themselves to live safely and independently in their own homes as long as possible.

With a stair lift in your home, its elderly inhabitant will no longer require the assistance of a loved one to get up and down the stairs. Not only does this dissolve the burden of requiring help, it gives a senior a greater sense of self-confidence. Make no mistake that a loss of independence can wreak havoc on a person’s mental health. Stair lifts are known for giving older adults greater peace of mind.

Stairs lifts provide greater access to the entire home.

For seniors with mobility issues, it can be very difficult to access every room of the home. Many are confined to one floor of the house, knowing that climbing up the steps is too cumbersome and painful a task. This inability to visit various levels of the home can make an older adult feel isolated and cut off from the rest of the family. With a stair lift, an elderly person can easily get upstairs and downstairs so that no household activity or event is missed.

“Social interaction for seniors is important as it can help prevent depression, which is prevalent among seniors,” reports Lifeline Canada, “In fact, some studies indicate 20 percent of the population over 70 years of age suffer from depression. There are many causes, but it’s often made worse by the fact that people who were once active now spend much of their time alone.”

Let’s make life easier for your elderly loved one!

To learn all about the stair lifts offered by LifeCare Mobility Solutions, please don’t hesitate to call us at 416-267-9800 or email us at info@lifecaremobility.ca. You may also contact us by filling out the form on our Contact page!

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