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Used Stair Lifts in PA: An Answer for Mobility Aid

Man with Cane at stairs

If you have a disability or suffer from mobility issues, then climbing stairs may be unsafe for you. Stairs are one of the most significant challenges as you age or if you’ve been injured. Stair lifts can allow you to stay in your home and reach the upper levels without risk of injury from falling. Used stair lifts are also an option if you are living on a budget. Continue reading "Used Stair Lifts in PA: An Answer for Mobility Aid"

Your Go To Company for Used Stair Lifts in Philadelphia, PA!

Pennsylvania Stair Lifts is your solution if you are looking for used stair lifts in Philadelphia, PA. There are times when a person finds they need a temporary stair lift to help them through a recovery process after an illness or injury. A used stair lift installed as a temporary device to assist you through recovery will avoid the expense of buying a lift. These lifts are also much safer to use when navigating stairways than using a walking aid.

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Improving Home Accessibility with a Stairlift in New Jersey

Stairs can not only become difficult to navigate as you age, but they can also become dangerous. Physical challenges such as limited mobility, lack of stability, or weakened muscles can make your stairs a daily hassle. If you have been experiencing these challenges, you might have considered downsizing your home to a single level or possibly moving into a retirement home. These are costly and often emotional options.

The installation of a stairlift in New Jersey homes offers you a cost-effective and quick solution to safely staying in the home you love. One of the most significant benefits of installing a stairlift in New Jersey homes is how much safer it will be for you to access all areas of your house. With a motorized chair, you safely ride up the lift from floor to floor and avoid climbing stairs.

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Stairlifts in New Jersey: Find the right option for you!

Physically disabling factors whether from an accident, medical procedure, or the natural aging process can threaten a person’s independence. Finding ways to acquire and maintain an independent lifestyle is a key factor in happiness. Stairlifts, which are battery-powered chairs mounted on stair rails, help in promoting independence by providing a safe and reliable solution to access upper and lower levels of structures and the outdoors in residential and commercial facilities. Continue reading "Stairlifts in New Jersey: Find the right option for you!"

Why People Finally Decide to Install a Stair Lift

Install a Stair LiftIt is becoming more common to install a stair lift into your home. Most homes have staircases that become challenging to manage as we age. Stairs can also be difficult if one has suffered an injury affecting mobility. Stair lifts offer you a solution to staying in your home, even if you’ve become injured or find age makes climbing difficult. These are some of the reasons people decide to install a stair lift in their home.

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Welcome Holiday Visitors with a Stair 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

  • Mom in wheelchair
  • 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

  • Sign launguageMake 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.