Stairs can cause a lot of concern because they can be dangerous. This is especially true for seniors who might have issues with mobility and/or balance. That’s why making your stairs as accessible as possible for seniors is important for any building or home. Here are a few ways you can do exactly that.
1. Add a Railing
A railing on your stairs can prevent falls and gives good handholds to anyone climbing up or down. Even for people with perfect mobility, a railing can prevent incidents with trips or falls while using the stairs.
2. Install a Stairlift
A stairlift is one of the most essential at-home mobility devices for moving between floors. These devices take away a lot of the danger because you don’t climb the stairs yourself but rather sit in a lift system to travel between floors. This makes it far less dangerous to travel between floors as you don’t use too much of your own strength.
3. Use Non-Slip Strips
A lot of accidents on stairs happen because of slips . That’s why non-slip strips on each step can help grip your foot and give the footing you need when climbing the stairs. Install these strips on every step to improve your stairs accessibility for seniors.
4. Increase Visibility
Dark or unlit areas can be very dangerous for navigation, especially when there are different heights for each step. Improving the lighting and adding different colors to each step makes your steps safer to navigate.
5. Landings With Seating
Climbing up a whole flight of steps in one go can be exhausting, and climbing stairs while tired can be dangerous. That’s why installing seating on your stairs can make climbing a lot more approachable.
This is just a few of the ways you can make your stairs easier to climb and utilize. Any building with a second floor can use these methods to improve their accessibility, making it easier for more people to access the area.
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