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Accessibility and Enjoying the Great Outdoors

External Stair Lift in Bucks CountySpring is here, bringing with it plenty of opportunities to get out and enjoy your backyard. But for people with mobility issues, this can be easier said than done.

That’s why we want to spend some time today talking about ways to make your backyard – from decks to patios to walkways – more accessible.

In some cases that means installing devices such as stair lifts and platform lifts. Other times, accessibility means making certain adjustments.

Here are a few ways to make your backyard for accessible this spring:

1. Spaces and paths

Everyone wants a smooth, level place to sit during backyard gatherings, and people who use wheelchairs are no exception.  Wheelchairs need about five feet of space in which to turn around. Ideally, you should aim for more than that, with spaces scattered around the area.

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What Stair Lift Features Are Right for You?

stair lift featuresInstalling a stair lift – also known as a chair lift – will change your life for the better, but it’s a purchase that requires some education.

Most stair lifts come with several different features, and determining which stair lift features you’ll need most is important to making your choice.

But before we get to stair lift features, we wanted to review some of the basic terms you might encounter as you do your research.

  • Carriage – Another word for the seat or platform that carries users up and down the stairs.
  • Track – The long metal piece that runs up the stairwell. It is typically affixed to the steps rather than to the wall.
  • Cycle – A round trip on the stair lift.
  • Stair tread – The part of the stairs on which people walk.
  • Swivel seat – A carriage that can turn at an angle – usually 45-90 degrees –allowing users to swivel away from the steps and get on or off the lift on a flat, stable surface.

Some common stair lift features include:

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Essential Questions to Ask a Stair Lift Company

Stair Lift Company in PennsylvaniaA stair lift installation can change your life, or at the very least, the character of your home.

It’s a big purchase, and like any major purchase – your house, a new car – it’s one you shouldn’t make without first asking questions.

That’s why we’ve put together this list of questions you should ask before your stair lift installation begins. It’s information any stair lift company offering stair lifts for sale in Pennsylvania should provide.

1. Will it fit?

The stair lift you choose should be available to accommodate different types of staircases: straight or curved. Ideally, you should choose a stair lift with a modular design, which means installation will be simple, with no changes to your home.

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Stair Lifts and Home Health Care

install stairliftsAs the Baby Boom generation ages, more and more people will turn to home health care as an alternative to residential care (retirement communities, assisted living, etc.).

Part of that is a growing wish to age in place and boomers’ embrace of new patient-managed technology, and part of it is just math: The number of senior citizens in America is expected to jump to 71 million by 2029, the year the last group of boomers hits the retirement age.

In the face of that shift, policymakers are pushing home health care as a solution to the cost of hospitalization, writes Liz Seegert in Covering Health, a publication of the Association of Health Care Journalists.

“Hospitals or nursing homes are no longer the only options,” U.S. Senator Harry Reid told a home health care conference in 2013. “In the months and years to come, the home health care industry will become the de facto solution for many as our aging population requires more care.”

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6 Handicap Accessibility Tips for Your Home

stair lift for handicap accessibilityMost stores, restaurants, and government buildings take steps to accommodate people with disabilities. It’s the right thing to do, but it’s also the law.

But things aren’t always as easy at home. Most homes aren’t designed with wheelchair users in mind. However, with a few modifications, it’s possible for people with disabilities to live comfortably. Here are a few handicap accessibility tips for your home:

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Living with Osteoporosis

Senior Couple with Osteoporosis & Mobility IssuesMore than 34 million Americans live with osteoporosis, a condition that makes bones weak and fragile.

People who have it are a risk for breaking bones when they fall, with the most common injuries occurring to the wrist, hip and spine.

However, it’s possible to live with osteoporosis without experiencing fractures, says Dr. Felicia Cosman, an expert in the condition.

“You can live with osteoporosis for a long, long time and never have complications such as fractures – if you take certain precautions,” she tells WebMD.

If you’re concerned about osteoporosis and falls, here are some things you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones:

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Installing a Stair Lift on Curved Staircases

Stair lift installationcurved staircase stair lift installation is easy when staircases are easy. A staircase that goes straight from point A to point B requires far less work than a curved staircase.

That doesn’t mean curved stair lifts are impossible. While they present a challenge, they can be done.

Curved stairways – or staircases that have any sort of irregular design – are more expensive to work with. That’s because no two curved staircases are the same, which means you’ll need a custom stair lift.

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Fear of Falling: Steps You Can Take to Avoid Injury

Senior Falling on StairsFalls are the number one cause of injury for older Americans, affecting more than 25 percent of seniors each year. Avoiding these potentially-serious injuries can be aided through the installation of a stair lift, though there are many other things that you can do to keep your stairs safe.

It’s a “seriously and costly” problem, as the Centers for Disease Control says on its website, with the nationwide fatality rate from accidental falls on the rise. It’s something worth thinking about if you’re getting older, or if you have loved ones who are senior citizens.

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Five Questions to Ask When Buying a Stair Lift

buying a stair lift in PAWhen you bought your home or your last car, you probably asked a lot of questions.

It’s just good practice when making any important purchase. You want as much information as possible.

The same principle applies when installing a stair lift in your home. Here are five questions you should ask before you buy.

1. Who needs a stair lift?

There’s no one type of person who needs a stair lift. You should consider installing one if you or anyone in your home has trouble getting up and down the stairs.

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Winter Tips for Wheelchair Users

Winter Safety with Vertical Lifts for WheelchairsThe world doesn’t always seem designed with wheelchair users in mind.

Steps, steep curbs, broken sidewalks. Any one of these things can be a problem. Taken together, they can make even a simple errand a giant headache.  We’ve got you covered when it comes to stair lifts and vertical lifts for wheelchairs, but there are many other challenges that you will need to overcome this season.

Things get even worse when winter arrives, with snow and icy sidewalks making conditions even more challenging – if not dangerous for people using wheel chairs and their caregivers. With that in mind, we’d like to offer a few winter tips for wheelchair users.

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