Safely moving up and down the stairs can pose a serious issue for many seniors. According to the American Journal of Emergency Medicine, more than one million Americans were injured on the stairs in 2017. For anyone caring for a senior, this statistic can be frightening. Fortunately, stairlifts are quickly gaining popularity, and they have helped millions of older adults remain independent and mobile in their homes.
Straight vs. Curved Stairlifts
Stairlifts are easily installed by professionals, and they are a great alternative to placing a loved one in an assisted living facility. If your client has only a single, straight set of stairs, a straight stairlift will usually be adequate. However, if your client’s home has curved stairs or multiple sets of straight stairs, a curved stair lift may be required.
4. Activator Poles
An activator pole is a mobility tool in the shape of a pole that reduces stress on lower-body joints and helps to restore a healthy gait. Activator poles are particularly popular among older active individuals, and like other assistive devices, they can help improve balance, posture, and stability. This device can be used around the house or while walking, and it is constructed of high-quality materials such as aluminum alloy – so there is no need to worry about your client collapsing.
5. Knee Walkers
With an appearance similar to a bicycle or tricycle, knee walkers are assistive devices designed to help individuals with knee problems move around safely. It is often touted as a more effective alternative to crutches, and its durable construction and maneuverability makes it ideal for anyone with lower-body injuries or medical conditions. Like a bicycle, a knee walker features a seat (which the user will place the impacted knee on), steering device, and wheels, and most include a storage basket for everyday items.