For a senior, a fall can mean the loss of independence and mobility. Due to diseases like osteoporosis, a senior’s bones can be much more fragile, so a low impact fall can quickly turn into a very serious injury. Of all the areas in the home, the staircase is the most frequent place for a fall and is also the most likely place to cause a serious injury among seniors.
Since the stairs are so dangerous, it is common for a senior to become anxious on the stairs, even more so if they have had a previous falls. This anxiousness can also increase the risk of a fall, which is why remaining calm is so important. The senior might also decide to simply avoid areas with stairs or to only use them when there is someone ready to help. While effective to a degree, they do not really or fully address the actual issue at hand, which is being able to use the stairs safely and with confidence. It is for this reason that the stair lift is so often used in homes and businesses across the country.
Stair lifts are a type of home lifting aid that is used to allow an individual full independent use of the stairs. The lift actually carries an individual up the stairs, most attaching directly onto the stairs. A chair or platform is used. In the case of the latter, an individual must remain standing as they use their lift, which is not as safe as the seated stair lift. Most recommend that a stair chair should be used, unless for medical reasons you need a standing stair lift.
No matter if you go with a stair chair or a standing stair lift, they will both use a tracked system. The track is first attached to the stairs, then the chair or platform moves up the track.
Falls in general for Seniors can be dangerous and most people don’t give a second thought to accessing the creature comforts of their own homes. But the mobility-impaired live in a world the rest of us take for granted, including where they live.
A home that lacks the proper equipment to assist the mobility-impaired can make moving from Point A to Point B a major undertaking while turning their home into a prison.
Another great tool to help with home mobility is the ceiling lift, which makes transfer easier, safer, more efficient and more dignified, both for the user and the caregiver, especially in comparison to older-style floor models.
The design of patient slings, smooth and easy operation and adaptability to virtually any area of the home make a ceiling lift an indispensable accessibility tool. And with many choices available, there’s a solution for any budget and virtually any patient need.