Top 10 Ways to Get Upstairs
Written by: Catalogs.com Editorial Staff
February 9, 2012
Filed Under Health
Contributed by Cindi Pearce, Catalogs.com Top 10 Guru
If you routinely walk up and down stairs in your house or at your workplace effortlessly …
… then it probably hasn’t occurred to you that stairs present a huge problem and obstacle for elderly people, those confined in wheelchairs and those with physical handicaps.
Here are the top ten ways to get up stairs – with some silly humor injected – when you can’t do it the regular way (on your own two feet and with no assistance):
10. Use the window
Certain unruly children, and even some wayward adults, have been known to shimmy up the side of a house, in an ingenious, not to mention dangerous, fashion and enter through an upstairs window. That’s one way to get upstairs, but it’s not recommended, even if you have broken curfew. (And you know who you are!)
9. Get a lift
Get someone to carry you up the stairs. That worked out pretty well (at least temporarily) for Scarlet O’Hara. Of course, Rhett Butler was doing the carrying, and most women would agree to that.
Crawl on your hands and knees if you have to get up the stairs and can’t walk. You won’t be the first or the last person to resort to this technique. If you really want and need to go up the stairs you will find a way.
Never go downstairs so you don’t ever have to go up. Alternatively, live in a stair-free residence.
6. On your seat
Facing away from the stairs, lower your bottom onto a step, using your hands to support your body, and proceed to hoist yourself up the stairs, backward, one by one, on your butt.
Use a dumbwaiter. Maybe that’s not such a good idea if you are claustrophobic or if the dumbwaiter isn’t built to accommodate the weight of a human being. Of course, a dumbwaiter is a great way to haul other items – such as groceries— up to the second or third-floor levels. If you do have a dumbwaiter in your home, there is a good chance that curious children are going to be tempted to try it out.
Install an elevator in your home. Perhaps that’s not a realistic solution because of space and money limitations, but if you have the room and the $dough$, then do it. When an elderly person or a handicapped person can move around and maintain some of their independence, they are going to be happier and healthier. Being restricted to a certain area all the time leads to depression and frustration.
3. Chair lift
A vertical platform lift will get you and your scooter or wheelchair up the stairs in no time flat. The chair lifts are dependable, lightweight and move smoothly and quietly.
2. Wheelchair stair climber
The wheelchair stair climber makes it possible for someone who is confined to a wheelchair to go up or down stairs in a safe fashion. The motorized electronic traction-control system holds tightly to the floor at a consistent speed that ensures the passenger’s safety.
1. Stair lift
A chair stair lift allows a person who is unable to climb stairs on his own to get up and down stairs without the help of a caretaker. An electric-powered chair stair lift is the perfect solution for someone living in a multilevel home that needs assistance getting up and down the stairs.