Published On: Mon, Nov 28th, 2016

Advice for Seniors: Practicing In-Home Elevator Safety

photo David Peña via pixabay

photo David Peña via pixabay

Many are turning to in-home caregiving options for their aging parents.  It’s a growing trend as it helps them remain an integral part of the family, and have a higher quality of life than they might have in a nursing home away from their children and grand children. Unfortunately, not all homes are built for a seniors’ lifestyle. In our later years our bodies become weaker, we become less able to navigate stairs and less stable on our feet.  

If you are one of the thousands of informal caregivers in the united states and your parents are struggling to get around the house, then it is worth considering the options of installing a home elevator or stair lift to ease their navigation around their home or yours.  When deciding what to purchase, it’s important to consider the safety features of both of these devices.

In-home elevator safety tips

There are certain measures you can put in place to ensure in-home elevator safety. Here are a couple of tips on what safety features to look for when installing an in-home elevator or stair lift for your loved ones:

  • There should be built-in grab bars installed in the elevator. This is to allow your parents to hold onto something while the elevator is moving.
  • A rechargeable battery should be installed as part of the elevator. This will enable the elevator to keep on functioning even when there is a power failure. It’s important for a service consultant to check that the rechargeable battery is kept full of charge. This can be done when the elevator undergoes its routine service.
  • The elevator should be fitted with a non-slip floor.
  • There should be a low, or no, step between the floor and the elevator otherwise there may be risks of falling while getting in and out of the elevator.
  • The elevator’s door should be sliding and retractable so that it doesn’t get stuck when opening or closing.
  • The elevator should be equipped with a fail-stop mechanism so that it will gently stop if there is a mechanical failure.
  • In the likelihood of an emergency, the elevator should be equipped with a phone, allowing the occupant to phone for help.

It is important to do as much research as possible when deciding whether to install an home lift in order to make you, or your parents’ home more senior-friendly.  Consider all the safety features available. With the right knowledge, you will be able to make the right decisions for your parents’ safety.  

Author: Lolita Di

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