By ianchesworth 15 Feb, 2017
More than 1,000 people die every year after falling down stairs, new figures reveal.

Stairs are the place where most deaths and serious injuries happen in the home.

Elderly people are most at risk of hurting themselves on stairs and more than 100,000 are treated for injuries every year. Of these, more than half end up in hospital with serious injuries.

Studies suggest that impaired vision, reduced strength and poor balance puts many elderly people at particular risk.

The figures were released to coincide with a new Government campaign to improve safety in the home.

The Department of Trade and Industry and Health Promotion England are backing the campaign which aims to highlight risks and save lives.

Many accidents are caused as a result of people leaving objects on stairs or carrying difficult objects up and down stairs.

Research

Research carried out by Loughborough University found that one-third of households left objects on stairs.

One-in-three said they recognised the dangers of carrying difficult objects up and down stairs but still said they would take the risk.

Researchers added that poor lighting and carpet patterns can increase the risk of people falling down stairs.


The most common injury from falling down stairs is a broken hip.

Estimates suggest that treating hip fractures costs the NHS in the region of £1bn each year and takes up one-in-five hospital beds.

One third of elderly people who fracture their hip die and just one-in-three return to their previous fitness level.

But the researchers also found that falls can have "serious psychological consequences".

"In addition to any physical injury, falls can also have serious psychological and social consequences, affecting confidence, mobility and general well-being," they said.

They predicted falls will become an increasing problem in the UK.

"Unfortunately, falls are likely to become an increasing problem, with the changing age profile of the population."

Advice

The Government campaign advises people to take care on the stairs by holding handrails and by not trying to carry too much up stairs at any one time.

It suggests that stairs should be well lit and clear of clutter and loose rugs at the top of stairs should be fixed down.

As part of the campaign, thousands of resource packs and leaflets are being distributed to health professionals, carers and to elderly people themselves.

This will be backed by a national television advertising campaign.

Help the Aged welcomed the campaign. Its spokeswoman Hilary Carter said it was a tragedy that so many lives are lost as a result of falls.

"It is a tragedy that a simple fall down stairs can take the lives of over 1,000 people every year and seriously injure thousands others.

"A fall down stairs can take away in a second older people's health and independence, so it is vital that simple precautions are taken to prevent such falls."

By ianchesworth 15 Feb, 2017
"Can I safely fit a used stairlift I've found on eBay without experience?"

The short and simple answer to this question is, NO!

Unless you are a trained stairlift engineer, given the possibility of things that could go wrong on the stairs, you would be crazy to try and take a chance with the user's safety on the staircase.

A stairlift is a specialised piece of equipment and if not installed correctly, can cause serious injury or fatality. 

Stairlifts are a bespoke product made to measure to fit your own staircase. They come with a multitude of safety features designed to keep the user safe at all times. Many of these features are fitted correctly to the stairlift rail at the time of installation and will be correctly suited to that particular staircase.

Many private adverts will commonly list, "Will fit any standard 13 tread staircase!"   I can confirm, after fitting hundreds of straight stairlifts , there is no such thing as standard. The stairlift rail you might buy second hand will either be too long, or too short. We have fitted rails to stairs from 1400mm upto 5800mm and everything in between. The chances of dropping on one that is exactly the right length with the correct overrun is highly unlikely.

Unless you have experience with stairlifts, you will not even know what the correct length should be! This will differ between makes and models and is NOT the length of the staircase.
By ianchesworth 13 Feb, 2017
Do you or a relative have a used stairlift or chair lift that is no longer needed?  

Perhaps you are moving property and need the stairs clearing for the new owners.

Helping Hand Stairlifts pay cash for your unwanted stairlifts depending on the make, model, age and condition.

If you would like further information on our stairlift removal service, please call for more details on 0800 9992778.
By ianchesworth 13 Feb, 2017
"My stairs come into a hall or are close to a door threshold! What stairlift options do I have?"

We were recently contacted by a client in Congleton who needed a curved stairlift fitting for an elderly relative that was coming to stay.

At the initial quote, it was clear that because the staircase came into the hallway, a solution was needed to allow clear access for the other able bodied people living at the property.

After some discussion of the different options, the customer decided they liked the idea of a powered hinge to clear the hall when the stairlift was not in use.

Within a couple of days of the quote being accepted, the stairlift was installed with two 90 degree bends and the powered hinge option.
By ianchesworth 07 Aug, 2016
I have finally decided to take the plunge and add a blog to my site. I always wanted an easy way to share information with visitors and I’m super excited to start this journey. Keep coming back to my site and check for updates right here on the blog.
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