As Connie Adair reports for Barkin Group, “there were more than 50,000 emergency visits for injuries from falls on stairs in Ontario in 2015, according to Ontario Injury Compass, which analyses and discusses injury issues in the province.” If you live with an older adult or individual who has issues with strength, balance and/or mobility, it’s imperative that you take measures to prevent him/her from falling. Perhaps, it’s time to install a stair lift in your home.
A home stair lift is a motorized chair that slowly and safely glides up and down a set of stairs. It is affixed to a metal rail that is mounted to the stair treads. Stair lifts can be mounted on either straight or curved staircases. This makes it easy to access other levels of your home with any type of stair design. These excellent home safety solutions enable both wheelchair users and individuals who may struggle with balance to safely get up and down the stairs.
Has a loved one fallen on the stairs in your home before?
If your loved one has stumbled, fallen or tripped on the stairs before, it’s practically vital that you prevent him/her for climbing up the stairs independently again. Of course, this requires the constant presence of a household member to help the individual each time he/she wishes to use the stairs. With a stair lift, your family member can independently access the various levels of your home safely.
According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, “falls remain the leading cause of injury-related hospitalizations among Canadian seniors, and between 20% and 30% of seniors fall each year.”
Stair lifts restore independence.
It’s important to remember the emotional impact that mobility issues have on their sufferers. They are not just contending with physical limitations. An inability to safely climb the stairs independently can create feelings of anger, sadness and even embarrassment. With a stair lift installed in your home, you can greatly improve the overall mood of the older adult or person with disabilities you live with.
Stair lift users do not tend to need any assistance. As a result, they get to regain their independence and freedom. Of course, this leads to much happier lives, free from the burden of requiring round-the-clock assistance.
Stair lifts provide comfortable rides.
An often overlooked aspect of stair lifts is how fun they are to use. While not their primary purpose, stair lifts offer enjoyable stair ascending and descending experiences. Simply put, the rides are smooth and comfortable. They completely take away the stress and worry associated with getting up and down the stairs safely.
Not to mention, some stair lifts come equipped with extra cushions to ensure maximum comfort each and every ride. The Bruno Elite, for example, is often heralded as one of the best in quality and comfort. Its back, seat and armrests all have padded cushions.
If you have any questions about the stair lifts offered by LifeCare Mobility Solutions, please don’t hesitate to call us at 416-267-9800 or email us at [email protected]. You may also contact us by filling out the form on our Contact page!