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Gadgets to help the elderly climb stairs

Updated November 21, 2016

Going up and down the stairs is something many people take for granted, however, many seniors are unable to transcend stairs without a lot of difficulty. Fortunately, there are portable and more permanent mobility assistance products that are available so that the elderly can regain their independence and move from floor to floor.

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This device is a quality handrail that has a supporting rail attached to it. The StairSteady slides when pushed and locks when weight is applied to it. The elderly person holds on to the device to go up or down the stairs safely at their own pace. The rail part of the device attaches to the wall of your staircase. Its handle locks into place whenever pressure is applied so that that the person is able to rest when needed.

EZ Step

This stair assistance step for the elderly looks somewhat like a cane but it has a four point plastic base on the bottom. The gadget actually adds a step in between stair risers so that the person does not need to step so high. The person moves the EZ Step device one step at a time up or down the stairs reducing strain on knee joints.


Electric stair lifts are installed on your wall beside a staircase to transport elderly people up and down the stairs. Stairlifts may be purchased new or reconditioned and they can be rented. The person presses a button and he may sit down while the stair lift does all the work. There are wheelchair stair lifts to accommodate people in wheelchairs.

Stair-climbing Wheelchair

The iBOT Mobility System, a special wheel chair made to climb stairs, was introduced in 2003. Elderly people will appreciate their independence as no assistance is required to operate this wheelchair up and down stairs. The iBOT requires a physician's prescription and the person must be assessed at an iBOT Evaluation Center.

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About the Author

Dawn Sutton

Dawn Sutton began her writing career in 2004 with an article on Internet counseling for a psychology journal. She writes numerous Internet articles on a variety of subjects including health, travel, education, crafts and much more. Sutton has published the books "The Manual" and "God's Girl" and numerous feature film scripts. She has a master's degree in social work from the University of Toronto.

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