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Elevators installed with more than 4 inches of “gap space” between the hoistway doors and the elevator car doors can pose a serious safety risk. Children may become entrapped in the space and could be seriously injured or killed. This risk can be reduced with the proper installation of space guards at each floor.

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Stairlifts and How They Impact People With Dementia

Dementia and stairlifts Preferred Elevator

Dementia impacts the brain profoundly.

Dementia is one of many debilitating diseases that impacts mobility and can impede navigating around the home. Stairlifts have many positive benefits to dementia patients, and anyone with compromised mobility, in general. Stairlifts help to preserve some independence of daily life. Today we’ll be sharing some more information about the power of stairlifts and how it relates to dementia. 

How Does Dementia Affect Mobility?

Dementia impacts the brain profoundly. The brain is responsible for controlling physical movement and commands. When the brain doesn’t perform regularly, it can impact mobility and increase the chance of a person falling or becoming injured. Dementia often causes a lack of balance and influences coordination. Another effect of this condition includes compromised depth perception, which is an issue in using the stairs. Also, patients with dementia often need color contrasts or well-lit spaces to see and navigate through a home safely. 

It makes sense to have home modification devices in the home of a person affected by dementia. Stairlifts make it easier for a person to age in place, make everyday living less challenging, and reduce the chance of trips, slips, and injuries and keeps them in their familiar setting for as long as possible

Stairlift Safety Tips

If you are a family member, friend, or caregiver that helps someone use a stairlift, then here are some safety tips: 

  • Stairlift users should avoid wearing dangling clothing while using the lift.
  • Stairlift users should refrain from eating or drinking while using the lift. 
  • Stairlifts should be free from obstructions. 
  • Have your stairlift installed, maintained, and repaired (if necessary) by us, the professionals. 
  • Stairlifts users should always use the seatbelt while riding the lift.


***Disclaimer: we are not medical professionals. While our technicians are experts at installing stairlifts, we advise that you and your loved one see an occupational therapist. Primary care physicians, depending on the healthcare plan, can refer you to one. An occupational therapist can determine the severity of the disease and decide if a stairlift would be the right fit. Commonly, loved ones should be present so that a dementia patient can safely use the stairlift.

Preferred Elevator: We’re On the Up and Up!

For 14 years, Preferred Elevator has served residents in Central Maryland, Baltimore, and Washington, DC. You can rely on our experienced home installation team and quality products.

For our commercial elevator clients, we also provide annual inspections of your equipment to adhere to standards established by the state of Maryland. During these inspections, we make sure that your commercial mobility product is functioning correctly and efficiently. We’ll also go over all safety devices and customized features offered within your plan!

Get in touch with us! Our business hours are Monday-Friday 8 am -5 pm. Reach us by phone at 410-238-2555, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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    • 7110 Golden Ring Road
      Suite 102
      Essex, MD 21221
    • Phone: 410-238-2555
    • 24/7 Emergency Service
    • Business Hours:
      Monday–Friday: 8am–5pm
    • MHIC #123888
    • Elevators Contractors License #1186
    • DC License #ELC1300867