Taking A Much Closer Look At The Need For Disability Accessibility Here In The United States
Here in the United States, struggling with various mobility issues is certainly far from uncommon. From those who have been diagnosed with some sort of disability to those who are simply getting on in years, the need for mobility aids is quite an extensive one on a country wide scale – more extensive than the average person might even actively realize. This number is only growing as well, as more and more people become part of the elderly population.
The statistics that have been gathered on the subject more than back up this claim, showing that more than six and a half million people are using some type of mobility aid here in the United States alone, let alone all throughout the world as a whole. Much of these disabilities stem not from an accident or a genetic condition, but simply from aging, especially as the population of elderly people has been growing quite consistently in recent years. By the time that someone reaches and surpasses the age of 65, they have a more than 65% chance (around a 68% chance, to be just a little bit more specific) of sustaining some type of disability over the rest of their life. This includes mental disability alongside physical disability and might mean that the person in question simply needs help with one or two daily activities – but can also mean that they will eventually need full time care as well.
For many elderly people, however, moving outside of the home, such as to an assisted living facility or even to a retirement community, is far from ideal. In fact, the vast majority of the elderly population here in the United States – up to 90% of all people over the age of 65 – want to stay in their homes, the ones that they have likely lived in for many years, for as long as they are physically capable of doing so. This is referred to as “aging in place” and while it can certainly have a good deal of benefits, such as improving the comfort and mental state that the elderly person in question feels, it can also have a number of dangers as well, especially when the elderly person in question plans on living alone.
For instance, falls are a very real threat for the elderly population. Falls are actually the top cause of injury – often very serious and severe injury – among elderly people, as they can suffer very severe injuries indeed as the result of sustaining a fall – even a fall that wouldn’t otherwise seriously harm a younger person. For elderly people, however, even falls that are relatively minor nature can lead to broken bones or even to head trauma. For elderly people that are living on their own, getting help in time for medical treatment might not always be possible in the event of an injury, which can make living alone a difficulty and a danger for many older people all throughout the country as a whole – and likely in many other places all throughout the world as well.
Fortunately, there are a number of changes that can be taken to reduce the risk of living independently – in your home own – in old age. For instance, chairlifts and other such residential lifts can be installed by elevator companies. These elevator companies will typically also be able to provide preventative elevator maintenance services in order to keep things up and running, and these elevator maintenance services will certainly be a must for safe usage. Elevator maintenance services can help elders stay in their homes for longer, and elevator maintenance services are typically not even particularly expensive.
Elevator maintenance services should, however, be happening on a regular basis. Having someone come in to perform elevator maintenance services will help to ensure that the chairlift in question is working as it should be. Without elevator maintenance services, the elderly person using the chairlift could end up being placed in a good deal of danger if the chair lift or such residential lift were to ever malfunction.