Stairs can be a safety hazard for people of all ages, but especially seniors. If you or someone you know travels up and down stairs every day, be sure to take precaution; hold onto handrails, install rubber treads or anti-slip tape. Stairs should be brightly illuminated and the top and bottom of the stairs should be free from objects.
We’ve found a few gadgets for seniors who need some additional assistance going up and down their stairs:
- Stair lift: These are electric lifts installed on the wall and carry someone up and down the stairs. These can be purchased new, reconditioned, or rented.
- Stair climbing wheelchair: This special wheelchair is designed to climb up and down stairs.
- EZ step: This device looks like a cane, but has a plastic base on the bottom that add a step between stairs.
- Stairsteady: This is a handrail with a supporting rail attached to it. When going up and down the stairs, the person operating the stairsteady holds onto the rail while moving at their own pace.
If you have any questions regarding stair safety or the awesome gadgets listed above, feel free to contact us at any time!
~ Southern Arizona Eldercare