Getting up the stairs can become very difficult for your loved ones as they age. Whether they are living independently in their own home or moving in with children or other family members, stairways are a very common problem.
So what is the best way to get an elderly person upstairs?
Using a Gait Belt to Get Upstairs
Many articles you read will say to use a gait belt, but when it comes to stairs, this can become a dangerous situation. Gait belts are great for getting someone to a standing position or moving from one seat to another, but stairways are a different animal. It is not impossible, but you want to make sure that the person helping is strong enough that should your loved one lose their balance, you are able to hold their weight to keep them from falling. Remember, when you are dealing with someone who does not have much strength, you will be bearing the majority of their weight.
A Cane to Use the Stairs
Next, we have the cane. Considering that we are already dealing with someone who is having difficulty getting up the stairs, just think what adding a cane will do. We’re now saying, we know you’re having trouble, so we want you to now hold on to a cane and try to get up the stairs.
The last thing that we want to happen to the aging is for them to suffer a fall. It is important that we do everything necessary to keep them from getting injured.
Can Walkers Be Used on the Stairs?
Walkers can be used on stairs when done properly, but again, it is not advised as a permanent solution for the elderly. Many people that use walkers on stairs are doing so because of a surgery or injury that is only a temporary situation. Keep in mind that most who attempt to use a walker on stairs are not in the ageing process, and will have more strength to successfully get upstairs.
Can You Use a Wheelchair to Get Upstairs?
Now, if you’re loved one is in a wheelchair, this makes it even more difficult to get up or down the stairs. Trying to get someone in a wheelchair upstairs is a very unsettling and dangerous situation.
It is possible, but not recommended as a permanent solution.
Stairlifts for the Elderly- The Best Solution
Senior Safe Solutions is happy to provide a service of installing stairlifts that will put you and your loved ones at ease, and allow them to keep their independence while maintaining safety.
If you would like to know more about how a stairlift can provide your family with peace of mind, contact us today to find out more.