Climbing the stairs when we’re out and about or in our own home is an everyday occurrence, and something that usually comes easy to us – until it doesn’t! If you’re feeling less confident when going up and down the stairs, then you’re not alone. Feeling this way is more common than you might think. We’ve put together our best tips and advice for if climbing the stairs is starting to feel difficult.
Don’t ignore it
There are many reasons you may be finding the stairs trickier than usual, for example, eyesight issues causing you to trip, health issues causing you to wobble, or physical conditions like arthritis making it difficult to bend the knee on each step.
Did you know that gait and balance disorders are common in older adults and usually go hand in hand with limited mobility? With that said, there’s no one size fits all answer for why going up and down the stairs is starting to feel difficult for you, but there are signs to look out for. If you’re feeling particularly weak, out of breath, or are experiencing dizziness, then it could be a sign of a more serious underlying health issue, so always contact your GP for an appointment as soon as you notice.
Get medical advice
It’s only natural that we tend to get less quick on our feet as we get older. But in truth, if you’re finding it takes you much longer to climb the stairs, then it might be time to seek some professional advice. You may well be fine, but it’s much better to be safe than sorry, and getting your health status checked by a professional GP can prevent your mobility from deteriorating any further. Your GP can also recommend a physical therapist who’ll be able to assess your unique situation and offer invaluable advice on the best steps to take next.
Consider lifestyle changes
Are there simple but significant changes you could be making to your everyday lifestyle that can help take the strain out of going up and down the stairs? For example:
- Getting fitter with exercise – a GP can advise you on gentle exercises tailored to you that can improve strength and improve balance.
- Eating healthier – a professional can instruct you on clever ways to eat leaner in order to lose weight which can reduce the progression of certain health conditions.
- Cutting down on the amount you smoke – a doctor or health specialist can give you tips on how to break the habit and cut down on a behaviour that’s worsening your health.
Explore your options
Lack of mobility can feel disheartening, but there are lots of things you can do to help. If you’re starting to dread climbing the stairs in your home, then it’s time to consider some alternatives.
For people who live alone and are experiencing limited mobility, you may decide to eliminate the worry of having to climb stairs altogether, and choose the sensible option of changing your home or accommodation to all one floor, like a ground-level apartment or a bungalow. However, for many, this option simply isn’t feasible, as it involves a lot of disruption, not to mention the cost!
For people who want to stay in their family homes, stairlifts are a much more practical and affordable option. If you’re thinking about having a stairlift installed in your home or want to know more about Halton’s range of installation options, give us a call today on 0800 644 7766. Our friendly expert team are on hand to answer all of your stairlift questions and queries.