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Autumn Senior Safety Tips – Part #1

Senior Safety Tips: Social worker is visiting a senior woman at home

Contrary to some beliefs, America’s seniors are a diverse group. But no matter where they live, how they worship or who they vote for, America’s senior citizens tend to have one thing in common: they like the idea of aging in place. The senior safety tips below will help make that possible.

In other words, they want to remain in their home as they get older. Continue reading "Autumn Senior Safety Tips – Part #1"

Preventing Falls at Home

Preventing Falls - seniors falling costs millions in medical costs each year.

Every year, 25 percent of America’s senior population is injured in a fall. It’s the leading cause of injury among our country’s older population, sending three million of them to the ER each year. It’s time we started doing more about preventing falls.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, a fifth of all falls lead to broken bones or head trauma. We spend tens of billions of dollars a year treating falls. Eliminating some of the falling hazards around the house could save millions in healthcare expenses. Continue reading "Preventing Falls at Home"

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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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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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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How to Tell If Your Aging Parents Need Help At Home

stairlift rentals NJ for aging parentsAging. Getting older. Growing more frail. They’re all unavoidable facts of life.

And as most of us move from our 40s to our 50s and beyond, we begin to see those changes taking place in our parents. For many of us, the rather unsettling experience of seeing our parents weaken both physically and psychologically, and then taking care of them the way they once took such good care of us, is yet another unavoidable fact of life.

We do it, of course, because we love our parents, and because we can’t bear the idea of anything happening to them. That’s always a possibility as seniors grow older, especially if they’re living alone without a caregiver.

But an unfortunate reality of our senior-aged parents growing older, and perhaps more frail, is that adult children often miss the otherwise obvious signs that our parents need help. There are any number of reasons for that, starting with the fact that most senior parents simply don’t want to admit to their children that they need help. After all, growing weaker and increasingly frail is nothing if not a sign of impending mortality; it’s a difficult thing for anyone to face up to. And no matter how old you may be, your parents will likely always view you as their babies; for some senior parents, asking their children for help doesn’t even occur.

But regardless, it is the responsibility of you and your siblings to pay close attention to the mental and physical well-being of your aging parents. Deducing their state over the phone can be difficult to impossible, but if you’re going to be visiting them in person over the holidays, you’ll have an ideal opportunity to look out for any of the more typical warning signs.

If you or your siblings or other relatives notice any of the following, it could be time to discuss the possibility of bring in a caregiver, or even an eventual move into a senior care facility.

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With a Stair Lift, You May Never Need to Give Up Your Hobbies

stair liftAs with every other stage of life, growing older comes complete with its own unique set of pros and cons. It’s an unfortunate fact that the cons are probably the aspects of senior living we tend to talk and think about the most.

If you’re someone who has experienced a loss of mobility, for instance, you may be under the assumption that many of the hobbies and past times you once enjoyed will someday soon no longer be available to you. That’s certainly an understandable worry, especially if you live in a home with multiple floors, and with hobby rooms set up in various locations around the house.

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How to Maintain Your New Stairlift Installation

maintain your stairliftIf you’re the owner of a new stairlift—or if you’re thinking about purchasing or even renting a model—you’ve probably already given some thought to the sort of maintenance and upkeep you’ll need to perform.

When customers ask us for advice about keeping their stair lifts in top working order, we usually begin by suggesting they think of their stair lift just as they would any other piece of expensive machinery, such as an automobile, a lawn mower, or even a dishwasher.

As with those three examples, a stair lift is a complex machine with many moving parts. In order to keep it operating in the same manner it did when you first purchased it, and in order to keep it safe, you need to look after it on a regular basis.

The service techs we employ at PA Stair Lifts are more than capable of performing any sort of maintenance task, no matter how complicated or seemingly insignificant. But throughout the long life of your stair lift, you’ll save a fair bit of money if you get in the habit of servicing your machine on a regular basis.

Performing light maintenance and cleaning every few weeks is generally sufficient. We suggest simply adding the tasks to your regular housecleaning routine. That’s an easy way to turn regular upkeep into a habit.

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Our Top Tips for Stair Lift Safety

stairlift safetyComfortable, efficient, and user-friendly, stair lifts make moving up and down the stairs safe and fast for the physically disabled and the aged. While a stair lift is an important part of your home, it can cause severe injury if it ends up in the wrong hands or if it’s poorly handled.

If you have a stair lift in your home or you are planning to get one, it is paramount to ensure that you are completely familiar with the basic safety measures and mechanisms of the equipment in order to keep the rider or other family members out of harm’s way whenever the stair lift system is in operation.

Here are a few stair lift safety tips:

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