How Much Do You Know About Stair Safety?
Stairs are present in every house in the UK. They’re essential to have, but they can also be dangerous if we don’t take proper care. This holds true for everyone, but the elderly can be particularly at risk. The frailer a person is, the harder it can be to use stairs, however long or short the flight may be. Each year, around 1,000 older people lose their lives following an accident on stairs. Many more are injured and require hospital treatment to help them recover.
Fortunately, there are things we can do to reduce the chances of having an accident on the stairs. For example, it’s tempting to put things on the stairs so you don’t forget to take them up later. But this means it’s easy to trip on them. Find another place to collect things for this purpose and always keep your stairs free from clutter.
It’s also necessary to keep your stairs in good condition. Watch for frayed carpets or poorly-maintained steps if you have wooden stairs. Slippery stairs can also be a problem if they are cleaned and polished, so be aware of this. There are many other stair hazards as well, including poor lighting or no lighting, and rushing to go up or downstairs without taking proper care.
In cases where elderly people cannot manage the stairs well anymore, installing a stairlift is a great idea. Thrift Urban Housing has done this for several people living in the London boroughs – people who may otherwise struggle to remain in their own homes. Stay Put is a programme we run that ensures elderly people can stay living at home safely and enjoyably for as long as they want to. Very often, the installation of something as simple as a stairlift can make a huge difference to how a person enjoys their day-to-day life.
If you know anyone who might benefit from our service, ask them to call us or visit our Stay Put website via the link above. If you think you can help in some way, you can give our team a ring.