According to a survey taken by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), nearly 90 percent of people over age 65, when asked, said that they would prefer to live in their homes as long as possible, and 80 percent of them believe that their current home is where they will, in fact, always live until they pass away.
The desire that most seniors have for remaining in their homes and not moving to a senior care community, or an assisted living environment, speaks volumes about their need for independence even as their bodies continue to age and, in some cases, become increasingly frail. For it is quite well known that for all of us – seniors included – our homes provide us with deep and abiding emotional and psychological connections to our past, our families and our sense of security.
But for some seniors, that security can easily be jeopardized if they live in homes that have steep stairs or other structural features that are difficult for their aging bodies to safely navigate. The grim truth is that, each year, millions of elderly adults in America sustain moderate to severe injuries, such as broken bones, hip fractures, and head traumas, due to falls. In fact, according to the federal government’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one out of three adults, age 65 or older, falls each year. And falling down stairs is the leading cause of serious injury among the elderly.
There are many sensible ways for seniors to help prevent accidental falls in the home, such as adding grab bars in showers and bathrooms, and removing tripping hazards such as loose rugs. But for seniors who live in two-story homes, installing a stairlift may be the most practical and affordable way to stay safe while postponing the need to make a premature transition to a senior care facility.
stairlifts allow seniors with mobility challenges to go up and down their stairs safely. They also help combat the fear of falling that not only often gets worse with age, but, paradoxically, actually increases the risk of falling in the first place.
The desire for independence and self-sufficiency doesn’t decrease with age – it is an essential aspect of a quality life whether one is at the beginning, or nearing the end, of one’s days. Happily, we live in a time when our technology affords our senior population the ability to remain both independent and self-sufficient, while still living at home. And the modern stairlift has become an important part of that equation.
President, Husband, Father, Grandfather Graduate of UC Davis- Bio Sci Major- Go Aggies! Jeff has extensive experience in all of Pacific Mobility’s products and services, and specializes in accessibility products as well as stairlifts, ceiling lifts and custom wheel chairs. His hobbies include spending time with family, gardening, mountain biking, exercising and off road motorcycle riding.
24 years as Owner/President of Pacific Mobility Center – selling, installing, and servicing stairlifts, porch lifts, ceiling lifts, pool lifts, handicap ramping, specialty wheelchairs, scooters, power wheel chairs, and other power mobility devices
Certified Environmental Access Consultant since 2008
Licensed General Contractor since 1998
Certified Aging in Place Specialist since 2016
Board Member for Home Access Professionals
Member of Association of Members of the Accessibility Equipment Industry (AEMA)