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Looking After Gran…

25th Jun 2013

With age comes the inevitable decline of our health. Until someone finds the fountain of youth (I’ll share its location if I ever find it!), we are always going to have personal struggles later in life. Staying active is key but we all can still suffer from illnesses to the loss of some mobility, we all get affected in different ways.

My gran and grandad for example, my grandad struggled with his heath from just after his 50th birthday. Numerous trips to the hospital, countless operations and a dietician were all needed throughout the twilight years of his life. My gran on the other hand, she has just celebrated her 68th birthday and she still has her faculties, her hearing and her wit but unfortunately her mobility is starting to fail.

With grans mobility starting to fail, it begged the question ‘what do we do now?’ One idea the family had was to move her to a care home. This was quickly scrubbed, mainly due to gran herself. As it is only her mobility starting to fail, installing a stairlift was the next idea. With gran’s approval (I think she was happy as it meant she could stay in the home she shared with grandad), we started looking around.

We looked around online and finally settled on a ‘Platinum Horizon straight stairlift’. Platinum are a company based up in Yorkshire. We brought ours from a local company who came and installed it for us. It didn’t take that long to install and they even gave us a demonstration on how to use it.

The cost of the stairlift was one issue that we thought about, but we were pleasantly surprised by the options available. There were new stairlifts to buy as well as reconditioned and rental. We opted for rental as it was the best option for us.

Anyway, that was 2 months ago now. Gran has been using the stairlift on a daily basis and she would agree that it has been a very good purchase.  It has enabled her to keep her independence around the house and carry on with her day to day chores.

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