We’ve written quite a bit over the years about the benefits of installing a stair lift. But with this blog post, we’re moving outdoors and focusing on a device that performs a lot of the same functions as a stair lift. It’s time to meet the VPL, otherwise known as the vertical platform lift. Continue reading "What Are the Benefits of a Vertical Platform Lift?"
There’s a reason a lot of us find this time of year so stressful. The holidays can be anything but a holiday when you’re hosting guests.
And when one of those guests has a disability, your job goes beyond basic cooking and cleaning to making sure your home is as accessible as it is hospitable.
That’s why many people rent stair lifts around this time of year: it gives their guests who might have mobility challenges a way to access every part of the home.
But that’s not the only thing you can do to help visitors who might have disabilities. Here’s a list of some of the ways you can make your home more accessible and welcoming this year.
For guests with mobility issues
- As we said earlier, you might want to rent a stair lift for the holidays. This will help both wheelchair users and older visitors who might have trouble on the steps.
- You can also rent a temporary wheelchair ramp if your home has a lot of steps.
- Invest in a shower seat and removable showerhead for guests that will be staying overnight.
- Remove things that might become low-level obstacles, such as throw rugs or power cords.
- Most wheelchairs are between 24 and 27 inches wide. Give wheelchair users enough space to go from room to room. This may mean – temporarily – removing smaller pieces of furniture.
For guests with Alzheimer’s or dementia
- Speak with their caregivers ahead of time to learn your guest’s emotional triggers or stressors.
- Put up a sign to guide people to the bathroom.
- Set aside a quiet space where guests can nap if they feel restless.
- Lock doors and block stairways.
- Your guests may remember you, but they may not always remember recent milestones. You may have to talk about things like a wedding or the birth of a grandchild as if they’re learning about it for the first time.
- Above all, remain positive and try to answer their questions in a way that doesn’t make them feel bad about forgetting things.
For guests who are deaf or have trouble hearing
- Make eye contact when you talk with them, even if you’re speaking to someone acting as an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter. If there’s no interpreter on hand, have a note pad handy – or just write things using the notes app on your phone.
- Better still, learn a few phrases in ASL, like “It’s good to see you” or “It’s time for dinner.”
- Communicate normally. There’s no need to shout or make overexaggerated movements with your mouth while speaking.
For guests with visual impairments
- Allow them to take your elbow for guidance when showing them around. Keep an eye out for steps and inclines.
- Show them to their seats at meals and let them know where things are on the table using clock directions. (“The cranberry sauce is at your two o’clock.”)
- There’s no need to speak to people with visual impairment in a louder voice.
- Introduce yourself with a hug or handshake, saying your name in the process. If there’s someone else with you, let the guest know where they are in relation to you. (“My son Jim is standing to my right.”)
- If you need to move to another room during a conversation, be sure to let the guest know. (“I’m just stepping into the kitchen for a second.”)
Your holiday guests deserve to feel at home in your house, no matter their circumstances. At Pennsylvania Stairlifts, we’ve dedicated ourselves to making that happen.
Whether you need a permanent stair lift installation or just want to rent a stair lift for the holidays, we’re ready to help. Contact us today to learn more about our stair lift rentals. We look forward to helping your guests feel at home.
The English language has a lot of terms that tend to get used interchangeably, like “sofa” and “couch” or “dinner” and “supper.”
We’ll add to the list “chair lift” and “stair lift.” Depending on who you ask, these are either two very different devices or two ways of describing the same thing. In this blog post, we’ll investigate the difference between a stair lift and a chair lift. Continue reading "Is There a Difference Between a Stair Lift and a Chair Lift and a Lift Chair?"
Want to make your home more accessible? Remember these words: universal design.
It’s a term that means an environment that can be used or accessed by anyone. You’ll find it at work on everything from the electronic doors at supermarkets to the curb cuts that allow wheelchair users to get on and off sidewalks. Continue reading "Want to Stay in Your Home? Embrace Universal Home Design"
Many parents want to age in place, but when that’s not an option, they often end up living with their adult children.
Caring for an elderly parent can often feel like a full-time career, especially if you’re already holding down a 9-5 job. It’s something we often hear from customers in the market for a new lift chair: they’re seeking ways to make life easier for themselves and their parents.
In this week’s blog, we’ll look at some of the signs that being a caregiver is leaving you feeling stressed, as well as some tips for dealing with this burnout.
Continue reading "How to Avoid Caregiver Burnout"
For people with mobility issues who have trouble getting up and down the steps, a stair lift installation can be a life-changing event.
But while a stair lift – or lift chair as they’re sometimes called – can be an important component of your home, these devices can cause severe injuries if mishandled.
If you’re considering stair lift installation, you’ll also need to consider certain safety features to protect the person using the lift and everyone else in the household.
Here are a few safety features to look for when purchasing a stair lift.
Continue reading "Seven Safety Features to Seek Out in Stair Lifts"
Are you approaching your 65th birthday? It’s time to start thinking about what you need to do to apply for Medicare.
You have a range of different options when applying for Medicare. In this week’s blog post, we’ll discuss how to do it and when. Continue reading "How to Apply for Medicare"
We’ve been writing quite a bit lately about Medicare, going over each of the different aspects of this government healthcare program.
Today we’re going to focus on Medicare Part D, which deals with prescription drug coverage. Continue reading "What Does Medicare Part D Cover?"
We’re going to continue our series on Medicare today by taking a closer look at Medicare Part C.
Unlike Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B, Medicare Part C is not a program that you enroll with Social Security. Rather, it’s another name for what’s known as the Medicare Advantage program, offering an alternative to traditional Medicare coverage. Continue reading "What Does Medicare Part C Cover?"
In our last blog post, we looked at the services covered by Medicare Part A. As we noted then, different aspects of the Medicare program cover different things.
This week, we’re going to look at the services covered by Medicare Part B, how you can become eligible, and what the program could cost.
Continue reading "What Does Medicare Part B Cover?"