America is getting older and so are the majority of its citizens. But
thanks to a wide variety of factors including good health care, healthy diets,Freight Elevators
Manufacturers the proper medical equipment and modern medicine, aging
doesn't mean automatically going into a nursing home or an assisted living
environment. People are living longer lives but they are also living healthier
lives making it possible to stay in their own homes longer and on their own
terms. For people with two story homes the obstacle to staying independent has
been navigating stairs, which can be difficult with arthritis or other
conditions aggravated by age or illness.
Statistically one third of all adults age 65 or older fall and injure
themselves each year in the United States and seventy one percent of those falls
ends in a fatality. Falls that aren't fatal can lead to other major health
problems including broken hips, which can mean surgery; lengthy hospitalization
and long bouts of recovery time in nursing homes while patients undergo
rehabilitative therapy. Sometimes patients who have broken a hip are never able
to return home again to live independent lives.
The solution for some elderly people has been to sell their multi story
home and opt for a smaller one-story home. However, in today's tough real estate
market that switch isn't so easy to make anymore. The real estate market is
flooded with homes and the prices continue to bottom out as the market value
sinks. And some people who have lived in their homes their entire lives and
raised their families there don't want to leave the homes that are such a strong
part of their memories.
There are solutions of course to make staying in a two-story home easier.
The less desirable solution would be to live on just one floor of the home. This
can be inconvenient or just plain impractical of course if the bedrooms and
laundry room are upstairs. Plus this basically limits the use of the home to
half the square footage with half of the house off limits.
Medical equipment such as stair lifts can allow a person who has difficulty
navigating the stairs to remain independent and able to utilize the full use of
their home. Stair lifts can be professionally installed to accommodate any
special need. For example for people with limited hand movements a chair can be
designed to move with just the push of a button or by simply moving a joystick.
For people who have a difficult time getting into or out of a seated position, a
chair can be installed that will help a person getting into or out of the seated
position from a standing position. Stair lifts can also accommodate people in
wheelchairs so they don't have to worry about transferring to and from a chair
to go up or down the stairs.
Whatever the special need is, stair lifts are designed to accommodate that
need and help people stay active and independent in their own homes for as long