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Climbing the Stairs with Dementia

Published 19/07/2021

The simple process of moving up and down stairs is something we all take for granted, but this very process could be hugely problematic for people with dementia. As the condition worsens, people with dementia could develop a significant reduction in their memory, and a general loss over what most people consider to be very basic thinking capabilities.

One of the main areas of concern for EMS would be how we can help people with such problems navigate their stairs both proficiently and safely on every occasion.

In the first instance, EMS would always recommend that you seek advice and a professional assessment from your Occupational Therapist. Your Occupational Therapist will be able to guide you in making the right choices to maintain independence in your home. They will be able to advise you on Stairlifts, Hoists, Ramps, Rise and Recliner Chairs and all manor of additional aids that will enable you to keep living in the home you love.

Once you’ve obtained, professional, medical advice from your Occupational Therapist and they have determined that it’s safe for you to have a Stairlift, EMS will work closely with them to provide the safest most suitable equipment to meet your mobility needs.

By following a structured plan from your Occupational Therapist and drawing down on over 30 years of industry experience and knowledge, EMS will craft a tailored Stairlift solution to suite your specific requirements.

When planning for any new Stairlift project, there are a few simple things that you may wish to consider implementing yourself, alongside the actual Installation of your Stairlift.

Add Visual Aids

Investigate making the start and end points of your stairs more visible, helping to draw people’s attention to them instantly. Adding colourful taping that clearly marks the presence of stairs can make things much easier for people to identify.

Create More Stability

Fit, healthy, able bodied people will tackle stairs without a care in the world and often, without the need to even place a finger on any railing. This luxury is not afforded to people in their senior years, especially if they have a condition like dementia. For these people, handrails and additional grab rails are often essential. Where possible, installing these types of additional aids will create a safer environment for people to use stairs as their weight can be supported.

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Stairlift Showroom

In consultation with your Occupational Therapist, EMS will come up with a Stairlift solution that both, adheres to the requirements of your health care professional, but is also something that we believe that you will be able to use both safely and effectively. Whist our Stairlift proposal will always be guided by your Occupational Therapist and selected using our wealth of experience and knowledge, you can never be 100% sure that you will be comfortable using the equipment. That’s why, wherever possible you try the Stairlift before it’s installed in your home. At EMS, we have the largest Stairlift Showroom in the UK and our facility is available to all those who feel they would benefit from trying out the Stairlift in a COVID safe environment, prior to any installation taking place in their home.

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Spot the Signs of Dementia

After the devastating impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on people’s health and well-being, it goes without saying that our perspective has probably changed quite drastically. Making sure you identify key symptoms associated with things like dementia is vital, since they are likely to get worse and take more of an effect on your life without the right support measures in place at the earliest opportunity. So, what are the key signs that someone might be developing some form of dementia? Below are the biggest indicators we currently know of.

Poor Memory

This is something that we all suffer with to a certain degree, but people with dementia are likely to forget even simple things far more regularly or even on a permanent basis.

Speech Problems

It might be hard to understand what someone with dementia is trying to say as their language skills could start to deteriorate. A key sign would be forgetting to include certain words when speaking, making their sentences almost impossible to interpret.

Behavioural Changes

One of the most devastating aspects being dementia is the effect this can have on someone’s personality. Your loved ones may appear the same physically, but frequent mood swings will create a massively different persona to the one you knew before.

For a more thorough breakdown of these symptoms and other signs associated with dementia, be sure to coronavirus pandemiccheck out the information provided on the official NHS website.

EMS are Here to Help

We have a range of quality stairlifts available in our Hertfordshire showroom. You can visit us now in person, or we can arrange a home visit to discuss any of our models in greater detail. You can get in contact with our team right now to have a chat about any of your needs further.

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