Average life expectancy of humans has dramatically increased in the past few centuries thanks to the study, research, and practice of medicine. Preventative care and wellness, vaccines, cures to sicknesses, and the proliferation of basic healthcare knowledge have all contributed to increases in life expectancy. In the year 1900 — that’s only 117 years ago — the average human was slated to live a measly 31 years. In 2014, the world’s average life expectancy was an astounding 71.5 years of age.
Although we have escaped many formerly-common often-deadly health issues, one thing we haven’t overcame is the inevitable effects of aging. Seniors ages 65 and up maintain the poorest average physical health and levels of exercise relative to every other age group. Issues frequently associated with aging includes arthritis, urinary incontinence, neurological disorders like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, cancer, and fragile bones. All these ideas — and many more to come — should help convince your elderly parents to invest in an in-home stairlift.
Medicare covers stairlifts
People taking home Social Security Disability Insurance for longer than two consecutive years and those older than 65 years of age are both eligible for Medicare medical insurance. There are currently 55.3 million Medicare beneficiaries, over 83% of which are older than 65.
Medicare Part B covers durable medical equipment (DME) prescribed by a licensed physician. In-home, mechanized stairlifts are considered DME, and cost only 20% of the stairlift’s purchase price including your parents’ deductibles.
Reduces chance of broken bones
Seniors suffer from osteoporosis, a condition characterized by weak, brittle bones, more than any other age group. Falls are often to blame for broken bones, as older adults with osteoporosis are not able to handle the painful mess-ups as well as younger populations. Installing a stairlift in your parents’ home is certain to reduce the likelihood of osteoporosis-related broken bones.
Losing the ability to readily climb up and down stairs is discouraging, depressing, and potentially anxiety-producing. Stairlifts allow elderly people to carry objects on stairwells easier, as many seniors have trouble traversing stairs without anything to carry.
Lesser risks of life-threatening injuries
If you only have one parent alive and he or she lives with nobody else in their home at all times, unsupervised falls may result in permanent injury or death. Having a stairlift in your loved parent’s home reduces the likelihood of damaging and potentially deadly injuries.
It makes them feel safer
Being unable to reliably traverse around one’s own home must not feel safe and secure. Only being able to get around with other people’s assistance is a terrible situation to be in. Having a stairlift — even if your parents don’t use it often — will likely make them happier and more confident about getting around their home.