A critical aspect of senior care is ensuring that each senior’s needs are met effectively in order to ensure ongoing safety and well-being. Mobility issues are extremely common in aging adults, sometimes making it difficult to maneuver through everyday tasks safely. One task that is often particularly difficult and dangerous for seniors is going up and down stairs. Limited mobility can lead to tripping, slipping or stumbling on the stairs, causing a fall that could result in very serious injuries. Falling down the stairs can lead to broken bones, internal injuries, or even death, so it is vitally important that an element of the senior care services implemented in your aging loved one’s home is focused on reducing the risk of a serious fall down the stairs.
One way that this can be accomplished is through installing a chair lift on the stairs. These devices attach utilize a track that is installed along the wall. They look very much like simple chairs with seatbelts and often a set of controls on one arm. Instead of walking up and down the stairs, your aging loved one can merely sit in the chair lift, buckle himself in and use the controls to be lifted safely up the track and to the top or bottom of the stairs. Getting in and out of the chair is usually facilitated by the chair turning to allow for easy access and ensure that the senior is stepping out onto the solid floor rather than onto a step.
Utilizing tools such as these as a part of your aging parents’ senior care can make it much easier and safer for them to remain at home for longer, or even throughout the rest of their lives. Chair lifts are a highly accessible way to modify the home in order to allow your parents to use their space while also protecting them from serious injury, giving them prized independence and freedom.
If you are considering having a chair lift installed in your parents’ home, contact the senior care referral services in your area. They can explain the benefits of the device and direct you to a company who can come to the home and get the process started.
For more information about how the caregivers at La Jolla Nurses Homecare can help your family with senior care, call (858) 454-9339. We are an elder care agency providing quality and affordable senior care in Point Loma CA, and the surrounding communities.