For most of us, going up or down the stairs is part of our everyday routine. However, for elderly and mobility impaired individuals, the mere task of moving to another floor of their home can be both painful and difficult. Oftentimes, that person decides that the best course of action is to move into a one-story house or apartment. However, for people looking to stay in their original home, a stair lift will make for the perfect home modification. Here is why:
Modern stairlifts are comfortable and safe. A height adjustable seat guarantees a comfortable ride up or down the stairs. That same seat will swivel outwards in order to facilitate you getting off and on the stair lift problem-free. Moreover, when the device starts and stops, it will do so at a slow and gentle speed.
A new stairlift puts safety first. They usually come equipped with two batteries which in case of a power outage, will allow the chairlift to continue to operate. These devices also feature obstruction sensors, meaning that if a person or an object gets in the way of the stairlift, the device will come to a safe stop. An adjustable seat belt will also ensure the safety of the person using it.
A stairlift will be easy to use. Most stair lifts in the market are extremely simple to operate. A rocker switch on one of the armrests allows you to control the stairlift’s movements at the simple touch of a button. In addition, a wireless call/send — available in some models– will allow for simple operation by a family member or caregiver.
In addition, there are two types of stairlifts: straight stairlifts and curved stairlifts. Straight stairlifts fit most standard, straight stair cases. Often times, home modification experts will only have to know the number of steps and distance between the first and last step in order to quote you a price for the project. Curved chairlifts however, are more complex as they need to be custom fitted to your space. If you have a curved staircase at home, it is most advisable for a stairlift installer to visit you at home in order to generate an adequate quotation. In terms of pricing, the curved stair lift is always pricier as it requires the aforementioned customization.
If you’re considering a stairlift for your home, don’t hesitate to give the experts at Vital Mobility a call for a free home estimate today!
If there is one fact regarding individuals living with Alzheimer’s that doctors and nurses all agree with, is that maintaining familiarity in their everyday surroundings is key for them. As the disease progresses, and a patient’s memory deteriorates, choosing to provide care for the person in the comfort of their own home — when possible– is often a wise choice.
Whereas some individuals choose to hire a care-giving agency for support, others decide to make the care of a loved one their full-time work. Whichever the situation though, there are several assistive devices and home health care products that can make the ordeal of preparing your home for an Alzheimer’s patient a smoother experience.
Home Hospital Beds: Home hospital beds can provide a great level of comfort and safety for the patient. In earlier stages of the disease, when the memory and sense of time/place are compromised, the beds’ side rails can help deter the person from wandering around their room or home and possibly hurting themselves. For patients with later-stage Alzheimer’s who begin to experience physical symptoms, a home hospital bed is also a great idea. As their ability to walk becomes compromised, the home hospital bed provides a great and versatile surface for them to rest. Fully adjustable backrests and legrests are ideal for caregivers to better position the patient. The bed’s adjustable height settings are perfect for helping a patient on and off the bed.
Transport Chair: Doctor’s appointments are a routine part of the life of people who suffer from Alzheimer’s. A transport chair can be a great tool for facilitating those quick trips. Unlike a regular wheelchair, the transport wheelchair has four small wheels– meaning that the caregiver is in charge of propelling the patient. With convenient foot-brakes and lightweight construction (most are built in aluminum), the they can be easily stored in the trunk of the car.
Bath Lift: This fully electric bathing surface can be placed inside the bath tub. It is ideal for a patient who doesn’t have a big range of motion and needs help in order to be lowered into or lifted from the tub. With convenient height and tilt controls, bath lifts can help ease the care giver’s experience and provide extra comfort to the patient as they go about their bathing routine.
Rolling Commode: As toileting becomes a challenge for individuals with Alzheimer’s the commode is an excellent option to tend to their needs. The wheeled commode comes equipped with a built-in toilet sit and removable bucket. Many of them include a lid which helps double their functionality– they can also be used as transport chairs inside the home.
Caring for someone you love throughout their journey with Alzheimer’s isn’t easy. It’s filled with heartbreak and laughter, moments of hope and challenges. Mobility stores like Vital Mobility are here to help– with top notch equipment and dedicated staff that’s 100% committed to helping you and your family, every step of the way.
With the thermometer already dipping below 0 degrees, it is time to begin thinking how to condition your mobility devices for use or storage during the winter months. When it comes to mobility scooters, a vast majority– especially travel size or medium size models– are only appropriate for use in dry or wet road conditions.
When the snow starts coming down, however, it is most advisable to bring those devices indoors as the snow and road salt can inflict severe damage on the structure and mechanics of the mobility scooter. The expert team at Vital Mobility has compiled some quick and useful tips to help you keep your mobility scooter in tip-top shape during the cold Canadian months:
- DO NOT LEAVE YOUR SCOOTER OUTDOORS: Not only will the cold weather finish your battery, but the body of your scooter will be damaged. Instead, look for a dry place to store it: like a shed, a garage or even your home’s basement.
- REMEMBER TO CHARGE YOUR BATTERIES: Unlike during the warmer months, when you’ll be charging your battery on an almost daily basis, in the winter you are also required to give your batteries the occasional boost. It is ideal to charge your mobility scooter overnight every two weeks. This will assist in maintaining the battery by avoiding parasitic drain.
- MAINTAIN THE TIRES: Before storing your scooter for the winter, make sure that if your tires are air-filled, that they are fully inflated– and that they remain so for the duration of the season. Deflated tires are likely to crack and compromise your ability to use your scooter once the weather warms up.
- IF YOU’RE LEAVING THE SCOOTER IN A CHILLY SPOT: Sometimes you will have no choice than to store your mobility scooter in a spot– like your garage– that may not be heated. In that case, to prevent the battery from freezing and possible condensation, consider covering the battery with a heavy blanket.
- WAIT FOR THE SNOW TO CLEAR: Icy and snowy road conditions will not only compromise the structural integrity of your mobility device, but they will also put you at risk. Instead of using your scooter, consider enlisting the help of family and friends or a trusted mobility transportation service to get you around town.
If you follow the above steps, once spring arrives, you will find your mobility scooter in great shape and you will not need to waste any time resuming your busy life outdoors!
Looking to buy a mobility scooter? Winter-time offers the best deals of the year. Visit us at www.vitalmobility.ca today!