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Will Temporary Lift Chair Rental Cause Damage to Walls or Stairs?

PA Stairlift has rental lifts for temporary house guests.For many people, a stair lift becomes a permanent – and highly useful – fixture in your home.

But maybe that’s not the case for you. Maybe you have a relative coming to stay, and you know they won’t be able to handle your stairs, but you want to make your entire home accessible.

Perhaps temporary lift chair rental is the answer.

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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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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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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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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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The Basics of a Stair Lift

buy or rent a stair lift in PAWe’re sure you’ve seen a stair lift at some point, even if it was on TV or a movie. But if you’re looking to buy or rent a stair lift, you’ll have one important question: How do they work? In this blog post, we’ll look at the basics of a stair lift: what they’re made of, how they work, and how they can help.

Parts & pieces of your stair lift

The central part of the stair lift is known as the carriage, which is comprised of the seat, footplate, armrests and seatbelt, along with the motor and battery that power the lift.

Most stair lifts can be moved horizontally at the top or bottom of the stairs to allow people to get on and off. Some stair lifts don’t feature a seat and are designed to hold a wheelchair, or to let people use them while standing.

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