“It’s hard, when you live far away from your parents, to get an idea of how they’re really doing.” Chloe lives on the opposite coast from her father Richard, who has a small home just outside of Providence. “Phone calls are an option, but if you don’t know what to ask, you never find some things out.” She sighed. “I think you have to learn to listen for what’s not being said.”
Chloe had noticed that her father was no longer talking about what happened at church, or what he’d seen on his regular morning stroll around town. When she came home for a visit and actually saw her father, she understood why.
“Dad’s gotten really shaky,” Chloe said. “He’s all right on level ground, but when it comes to going up or down stairs – well, I’m worried about his balance.”
Richard was worried too. So worried, in fact, that he’d eliminated all but urgently necessary trips out of the home. “It’s five steps down from the front door,” Chloe explained. “But that was enough to make Dad virtually housebound. And he never said a thing about it.”
Rhode Island Stairlifts
There are a number of reasons why Chloe’s Dad – and many men like him – tend to keep their problems to themselves. Health concerns that contribute to instability include gout, diabetes, arthritis, bursitis, and conditions such as Parkinson’s and Crohn’s disease. Knowing that the potential consequences of a fall can be severe, many men convince themselves that they don’t need to go out – or, in multi-story homes, that they don’t need to go upstairs.
Talk with your male relatives. Men who live alone are especially vulnerable. They may have made major lifestyle changes – not socializing as much, or confining themselves to a single floor in the home – due to a fear of falling. There is a safe, effective, and affordable way to alleviate this fear:Bruno Stairlifts.
HOW BRUNO STAIRLIFTS HELP
Bruno Stairlifts offer a secure, dependable way for the men in your life to ascend and descend stairs safely. All they have to do is sit in the seat: the system brings the chair safely up or down the stairs at the touch of a button. Bruno Stairlifts have batteries, so they work even when the power is out. Some models can be used outdoors, making it easy to enter and exit the home. Bruno stairlifts can be installed on curved or straight staircases.