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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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Making Your Home Accessible for the Holidays

Home for the holidayThere’s a lot of work that goes into getting your home ready for holiday guests: cooking, cleaning, adding fresh sheets to the guest room.

But when one of your guests has a disability, your job is to make your home not just hospitable, but accessible. If this is new territory for you, don’t worry. We’ve put together a few tips to help guests who have disabilities feel more at home.

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Best Accessibility Options for Your Home

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Here’s a phrase that we should leave in the past: “Confined to a wheelchair.”

Having to use a wheelchair doesn’t mean you’re trapped, especially not at home. From stair lifts to ramps, there are options available to you or your loved ones to make your home more accessible:

1. Wheelchair ramps

Ramps are the most common way of making a home, business or public building more accessible to people who use wheelchairs, scooters, or simply have difficulty getting up and down stairs. A contractor can install a permanent ramp made of concrete or wood, but a folding or modular ramp can also work if you’re on a tighter budget.

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Health Care Professionals Recommend a PA Chair Lift

PA chair liftWhen we think of someone using a chair lift, it’s tempting to picture a person who has permanently lost their ability to make it up and down the steps.

But sometimes the need for a chair lift is just temporary. If you’ve just gotten out of the hospital, or are returning home after spending time in a rehabilitation center, it’s important to have support in place. Physical and occupational therapists know the value of renting a chair lift for your home while you’re in the midst of your recovery.

Let’s look at some of the benefits of renting a chair lift.

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