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As we get older, we start to feel the effects of aging. Our balance decreases, which has a negative impact on our lives. Over time, the stairs can become a real obstacle in your home. Using the stairs could be painful, dangerous and almost impossible.

Many people think that continuing to use the stairs and steps will bring health benefits. However, while ‘keeping active’ is generally a good idea, straining to use the stairs can inflict lasting damage on your knee joints. With more use comes more damage. Insisting on taking the stairs could lead to accidents, increase the risk for falls, and injuries due to falls.

According to the National Council on Aging (NCOA), one in four senior Americans falls each year, making it the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries for adults aged 65+. On our global market research, we find out that half of our stairlift users were facing knee pain prior to deciding for the acquisition of a stairlift – and to prevent falling or to save themselves from pain, what is most likely to happen is that they start avoiding using steps and stairs as much as possible, planning their day around a single floor with a walking stick, so they don’t have to climb stairs or think about getting messy home modifications.

Your home should not be dangerous. Going downstairs for breakfast shouldn’t be stressful. Neither should going up to bed. Specially if you have any level of limited mobility or pain. Falling is a sign that your home environment is not as safe as it should be. You could seriously injure yourself, which could have a dramatic impact on your long-term plans to stay in the home you love.

Stannah have been making stairlifts for the elderly, persons with disabilities and people with different needs for over 40 years. Safety has always been our top priority. Everything we’ve learned we’ve used to make our stairlifts for the elderly safer and more comfortable. Actually, they’re designed to help everyone, regardless of age, get up and down stairs easily, without fear, effort, or the risk of falling.

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Written by Nathan at 02-05-2019

Nathan

Nathan

Nate joined Stannah in March of 2014 and works as a writer and copy editor for the content team. Prior to that, he worked closely with seniors as a case manager in the homecare industry. Nate has since completed CAPS training, making him a Certified Aging in Place Specialist. With a strong belief in aging in place and safe living solutions for seniors, Nate enjoys reading and writing about topics that matter most to the elder community.