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Category Archives: Safety Tips

Top 5 New Year’s Resolutions for Seniors

Senior couple celebrating New Years. New year’s resolutions for seniors suggestionsWhenever the old year ends and the new one begins, a lot of us are compelled to make resolutions. Even if these promises don’t last, we end the year pledging to live better, do better, be better.

And while you think that making resolutions is a young man’s – or young woman’s – game, we’d respectfully disagree.

Here are some New Year’s resolutions for seniors you may want to consider this December 31, a list of health and safety tips to help you have a happier, healthier 2018. Continue reading "Top 5 New Year’s Resolutions for Seniors"

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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