There’s no place like home, and over the course of the past year, we have all come to realize how vital the functionality of our home is. For the majority of Canadians, we spent more time in our homes than ever before, and for many families, our homes have also become an extension of the workplace. Now more than ever, our homes must be safe and functional for all household members, and we are here to help.
For many Canadians, tasks at home can present certain risks if mobility modifications have not been implemented. For aging individuals, or those who have experienced a spinal cord injury, many in-home adaptations can improve the safety and functionality of the home. Let’s look at the top mobility modifications to consider adding to your home.
Which mobility aids will make your home most accessible?
Stairs can present numerous challenges within the home. For aging adults, there is a safety hazard, as falls and injuries on stairs are common. Additionally, without a mobility modification, stairs may exclude family members from being able to access certain areas of the home. Installing a stair lift ensures that all members of your household can safely access all areas of the home.
Stair lifts are motorized chairs that move smoothly along a rail. The rails are fastened tightly to the wall or stairs and they are battery powered to ensure accessibility during emergencies such as a power failure. The individual sits on a secure chair and uses a seatbelt to provide extra security. There are also a variety of stair lift options available, and they can be used on straight or curved staircases. Learn more about stair lift options at The Access Store.
Vertical lifts are a great option to consider when space on a staircase does not allow for a stair lift. Vertical lifts can also accommodate a wheelchair or scooter, transporting the individual and their mobility equipment simultaneously.
A vertical lift is very similar to an elevator and can be incorporated inside or outside of your home. Learn more about vertical lifts available at The Access Store.
Accessibility ramps are very important for ensuring that entryways to the home are accessible for everyone. Installing a ramp is a quick and easy solution for making all areas of the home inclusive, and removing any barriers for entry. There are many options for ramps, one of the most useful would be the threshold ramp.
These ramps are typically used when a doorway causes a barrier due to raised threshold or sliding door track. Threshold ramps can be made from a variety of materials such as aluminum or rubber and can be used for both indoor and outdoor areas. For individuals with wheelchairs or motorized scooters, these ramps remove the barrier caused by raised thresholds in doorways. They are also useful for those with a walker or a cane, as the ramp eliminates safety hazards such as tripping.
To find out more about threshold ramps, contact us and we will help you select the option best suited for your needs.
Entering and exiting the bathtub or shower can present many potential hazards and barriers. 60% of injuries that occur in the bathroom happen in the bathtub or shower due to slip and falls. Nevertheless, there are many bathroom equipment options for creating a safe and accessible shower, with one of the most useful accessible solutions such as bath lifts or bath chairs.
We offer a variety of bathroom safety products including bath lifts, bath chairs, raised toilet seats, shower chairs, transfer benches, and many other great products and renovation solutions. We can help you fully customize your bathroom layout, fixtures, and finishes to meet your unique mobility and safety needs.
Some mobility equipment such as stair lifts or vertical ramps have complex parts inside that need proper maintenance to ensure the safety and longevity of the products. We offer maintenance programs for any mobility equipment. Call us at 204-589-8955.