Mobility for Seniors The Stair Lift Review
It is a family’s worst nightmare: A call coming from a hospital in the wee hours of the morning, with a hospital technician’s voice on the other end, saying that their mother or father or grandmother or grandfather has been hospitalized. The damage is done over and then the question: What is the cause? The answer: Lack of mobility led to a fall.
Approximately 53 million Americans live with a disability, and according to a recent study, the most common disability is associated with limited mobility. 6.8 million Americans use assistive devices to aid their mobility and the statistics surrounding falls are staggering: every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall.
A fall is one of the deadliest events to happen to someone older than 70 years old. A fall can damage any number of body parts; the hip is one of the most common. For those that suffer from a hip, illness and deteriorating conditions can result. This makes falls potentially life-threatening.
By 2030, older adults (seniors) will account for roughly 20% of the U.S. population. This means that 20% of Americans will be living at home, generally confined to a home or a home setting of another, and prone to falling due to lack of mobility. Other issues play a role in this as well. Balance and coordination, dizziness and fainting spells, all affect this.
For anyone with a disability, including older Americans who have issues with mobility, living an independent life is the understood goal. Being able to live independently, even with a disability, allows for a person to feel confident, self-assured, happy with their situation, and even purposeful.
Those living with a disability who are not independent, who live under the care of another person, suffer from lower self-esteem, lessened social stature, and lessened assertiveness to handle their own care. Therefore, it is extremely important to preserve the independent living of those living with disabilities as it helps them appreciate their functioning.
This is especially a challenge for those adults living independently who are (socially) considered elderly. For the elderly, 50% of the falls happen in the home, which seems dangerous, as many elderly individuals try to live independently. For a caregiver, or the adult child of an elderly person, a fall is an apprehensive inducing event.
The adult child will face some questions:
- Is there enough support for my mother/father for them to help themselves?
- Is there a way for my mother/father to avoid falls in the home?
- If a fall is unavoidable, is there any easy way for my mother/father to call for help?
- If a fall happens, will medical help arrive in time?
These are all questions a child of an elderly individual will have to grapple with while the elderly parent is living independently. Fortunately, there are solutions. Whether they are a lift chair recliner, patient lifts, outdoor stair lifts for seniors, or a mobility scooter, there are many options available for the elderly to avoid a fall.
The elderly face a great challenge every day, whether in their home or the home of another: the ability to step up over objects or even worse–those dreaded stairwells. The steps require the ability to raise feet a certain height, which is difficult for those with leg or hip problems. That’s where the compact stairlift comes in.
The compact stairlift is a device divided into two terms. The stairlift is a mechanical device that is designed to lift people up and down stairs. For sufficiently wide stairs, the compact stairlift is attached to the rail, which moves the elderly person up and down the steps.
Modern stairlifts can be fitted with modern features such as adjustable seat height, battery isolation switches, call stations, key switch, folding step, speed governor, and seat belt, among other features. But while some stairlifts in the past have been large, overbearing machines, the compact stairlift is different.
A compact stairlift is similar to a standard stairlift. It may have all the available features of a standard stairlift and performs the same functions: the get someone from the top of the stairs to the bottom or vice versa. The compact stairlift is perfect for narrow staircases because of a smaller carriage.
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