How Stairlifts Can Support People with Dementia

How Stairlifts Can Support People with Dementia

If you have a friend or family member with dementia, you may be wondering how you can better assist them during the stages of dementia. There is a range of ways to care for and look after someone who suffers from this illness that can help ease some of the stress you feel as their carer. It can be both physically and emotionally demanding to care for someone with dementia but a stairlift can help alleviate some of the burden and anxiety you may experience.

What is dementia?

Dementia is a catch-all term that refers to a variety of neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s. It is an illness that affects brain function, particularly memory and cognitive function. This can cause severe mobility issues which makes doing simple tasks like walking more difficult. As a result, it is more challenging and dangerous for those with dementia to use the stairs. As the illness progresses, those with dementia will eventually experience difficulty moving – that’s why we recommend considering a stairlift installation.

Are stairlifts safe for people with dementia?

Stairlifts can be extremely beneficial for individuals that suffer from dementia, but it depends what stage of the illness they are in. If the person is in the early or middle stages of dementia, it’s likely they will still be able to learn how to function the stairlift safely.

However, those in a severe stage of cognitive decline may not be able to understand how to use the stairlift and it wouldn’t be beneficial to them. However, if you install a stairlift early, the patient will be able to learn and understand how the lift works and will likely be able to safely use it for a long period afterwards.

How to make your stairs safer for someone with dementia

  • Remove all trip hazards – Make sure each step is cleared of any potential hazards. This may include lose carpet or objects left on the steps. If the stairs are clear it will look like a much easier task for someone with dementia.
  • Install handrails – Handrails can be very beneficial for many people and preparing for dementia by adding handrails will give them something to steady themselves while they go up or down.
  • Improve lighting – If the person cannot see where they are going they may trip and fall or get too scared to try and use them. Ensure there is good overhead lighting all the way up the stairs.
  • Make the stairs easier to see – If the carpet is all one colour, your loved one may struggle to see where they are stepping or will be unable to differentiate between the steps. You can use colourful electrical tape to show the person where each step ends so they are able to more safely use the staircase.

Alfix Stairlifts provides high-quality stairlifts in Warwickshire. Whether you need a curved stairlift, a straight stairlift or you’re looking to rent one, we can help. Our team are highly qualified in stairlift installations and we are committed to providing stair solutions for those with mobility issues. For more information, visit our website.