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Falls are the top cause of injuries—including fatal injuries—for seniors, according to the CDC. In 2010 alone, more than 2 million older adults were treated in emergency rooms for nonfatal falls. Of these, more than 660,000 were hospitalized. Fortunately, there are practical steps you can take today to keep your stairway safe and lower your risk of experiencing a painful or even life-threatening fall.

Taking precautions is a must if you or a loved one is an older adult with a stairway in the home. The following steps are easy measures to take but can make a big difference in your safety.

7 Steps to Avoiding Falls on the Stairs

  1. Make sure your stairway is well lit. You are less likely to trip and fall over a hazard you can see rather than one that is hidden in the dark. So flip that switch before you take the stairs!
  2. Use a strong handrail. A handrail can help you keep your balance—just make sure it’s very sturdy. Don’t have a handrail? Install one promptly but note that you must have the upper body strength to hold on if you slip. Otherwise, the rail won’t do you any good.
  3. Wear shoes with rubber soles. Climbing stairs in bare feet or in slippers can be risky business, particularly if you have a slick wooden staircase. Instead, slip on a pair of shoes before you go up or down the stairs.
  4. Exercise, even just a little. Climbing the stairs shouldn’t be the only exercise you get all day. In fact, exercise can strengthen your legs, which can help tremendously with your balance.
  5. Get your vision checked regularly. If you are wearing the wrong prescription—or no prescription at all—you may not clearly see the hazards that stand in your way on your stairs. Get your vision checked annually so you don’t take a misstep and fall down the stairs.
  6. Give your stairway a second look. Examine your staircase before you go up or down to help eliminate risks you may have overlooked. Are there clothing, books, papers or other items on your stairs? Could you trip over an item that is placed there? Keep your stairway clear to decrease the risk that you will trip and fall, and always look before you step.
  7. Choose a quality stair lift. No matter how many other precautions you take, getting a stair lift for your home is often the best and safest option. Stair lifts practically eliminate the risk of a fall on the stairs, all while providing their own safety features. Easy Climber stair lifts, for example, include a safety belt and a powered swivel seat for a safer exit at the top and bottom of the staircase. Easy Climber stair lifts also automatically stop when they sense an obstruction.

Whether you have already experienced a fall or want to do everything you can to prevent a fall before it happens, these measures are a good place to begin. Together, these steps and measures can greatly reduce the risk that you or a loved one falls down the stairs.

If you’re serious about safety, installing a stair lift is the best thing you can do to lower the risk of a painful fall. Don’t wait until it’s too late to think about installing a stair lift in your home. Learn more about the Easy Climber® stair lift today and take the first step towards a safer, more comfortable, and more independent life.

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Caregivers – Keep Your Loved Ones Safe from a Fall

83% of caregivers are family and are unpaid. If you’re in a similar situation, you may feel like you have no good options now that your spouse, parent, friend or neighbor is having difficulty climbing stairs.

Do you help them move into a smaller house and out of the home they love? Do you put them into an expensive and oftentimes degrading retirement facility? Or do you live with the constant fear that they will suffer a debilitating fall that could result in a severe injury, or worse?

With an Easy Climber stair lift, you don’t have to make any of those choices. Your loved ones maintain the independence that comes with having full use of their home while you get the peace of mind that an Easy Climber stair lift is keeping them safe.

Why Easy Climber is the Best Stair Lift

If you’re worried that a loved one is at risk of a fall, you’re doing the right thing by seeking an alternative means to get up and down the stairs. The Easy Climber stair lift is a budget-friendly alternative to expensive home remodeling projects and the inconvenience of moving to a new house or an assisted living facility.

Some of the highlights of the Easy Climber stair lift include:

  • Custom-fitted for the staircase. Whether it’s needed on a straight or curved staircase, short or long, the stair lift will be built specifically for the house where it will be used.
  • Call by remote control. The chair can be stored at the top of the stairs, out of sight from the living room, and called down only when needed.
  • Simple to use. With its easy-to-understand controls and safety features, the Easy Climber stair lift will seamless become a part of your loved one’s daily life.

Don’t Wait for a Fall to Act

Avoid waiting until after your loved one suffers a fall from taking action. Do your best to prevent a fall from happening in the first place.

Speak to your spouse, parent or other loved about how an Easy Climber stair lift will help them maintain their independence while keeping you both safe from worrying about a serious fall down the stairs.

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Ready to retain the full use of your home? Call us today at 1-888-553-9931 for more information about Easy Climber stair lifts.

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