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Old 04-07-2010, 07:23 PM
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How do I get a stair challenged person upstairs?

Is there a good/safe way to get my elderly stepmother up three flights of stairs? Can I rent a chair with seat belt and handles? This will be a once up once down event.

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Old 04-07-2010, 07:36 PM
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Any standard wheelchair will do. Pop it up in a wheelie and pull up one step at a time.
For safety you really should have someone on the front too.

Going down, you want to pop the wheelie and back down the steps.

We do this every Sunday helping a couple people int Church. It's 12 steps.

Three flights of stairs. I hope you got a strong back. That's really too much.

Check out this guy in a wheelchair doing it by himself.
He must have tree trunks for arms.
http://wheelchairstairclimbing.blogspot.com/

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Old 04-07-2010, 07:37 PM
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For a one time thing, check with a local medical equipment supplier.

Long term, there are powered railing and chair systems for stairways.

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Old 04-07-2010, 07:40 PM
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Hm, maybe borrow a wheelchair, strap her in securely, and have two people (one above, one below) roll her backward up the stairs?

(Or, what aceplace57 said.)
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Old 04-07-2010, 08:32 PM
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I have 39 steps and am worried about the bump, bump, bump. Little old lady does not like the bump, bump.
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Old 04-07-2010, 08:35 PM
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We had an elderly member of an historic club attend a meeting on a 2nd floor and 2 people carried him up in a normal chair.
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Old 04-07-2010, 08:43 PM
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I have 39 steps and am worried about the bump, bump, bump. Little old lady does not like the bump, bump.
You will need at least 2 strong people to do this. And they will probably find it easier to just pick up her in the wheelchair and just carry it up the stairs. She probably doesn't weigh all that much, anyway.
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Old 04-07-2010, 09:27 PM
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Old 04-07-2010, 10:12 PM
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How does your stepmother feel about all this? Does she really want to be there? Is she physically frail? Does she have dementia?

Depending on her condition, she might get so stressed out from the trip up three flights of stairs that she won't enjoy the event once she gets there.

If her presence is so important that the event wouldn't be the same with out her, take the event to her. Otherwise, she might be just as happy with someone sharing photos with her after the fact.

I've gone through enough of those "Oh, but she HAS to be there!" events with an elderly relative to realize that the wishes and expectations of others might not be what's best for the elderly relative.

If your stepmother knows she's going to be carried up three flights of stairs and is game for the adventure, she is awesome, and so are you for getting her to the event!
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Old 04-07-2010, 10:18 PM
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Can she just sit down and push herself up backwards one step at a time? This is what I have to do (unless I want to wake up in searing pain the next day.) Just post a guard at the top and bottom to give her some privacy.
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Old 04-07-2010, 11:46 PM
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At my high school, in the days before they installed an elevator, they once had a student in a wheelchair. They handled it by arranging to have three football players waiting for him between classes: Two of them would pick him up out of the chair and carry him up or down the steps, while the third got the chair.

If you would be needing multiple people to carry her in the chair anyway, it might work out easier to just carry her directly, and have someone else handle the chair.
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Old 04-08-2010, 06:15 AM
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How does your stepmother feel about all this? Does she really want to be there? Is she physically frail? Does she have dementia?

Depending on her condition, she might get so stressed out from the trip up three flights of stairs that she won't enjoy the event once she gets there.

If her presence is so important that the event wouldn't be the same with out her, take the event to her. Otherwise, she might be just as happy with someone sharing photos with her after the fact.

I've gone through enough of those "Oh, but she HAS to be there!" events with an elderly relative to realize that the wishes and expectations of others might not be what's best for the elderly relative.

If your stepmother knows she's going to be carried up three flights of stairs and is game for the adventure, she is awesome, and so are you for getting her to the event!
I second this. It is not fun being picked up and lugged around. I volunteered to let a few crew lug me down the stairs on my cruise so they could get some practice in. Not fun at all.

How about moving the party somewhere else? There are party venues all over the place that are free or reasonable costing, just look around.
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Old 04-08-2010, 08:10 AM
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do you want to put a person in a location where their isn't a quick fire escape. if they or a neighbor can't evacuate themself it is not a good place to be.
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Old 04-08-2010, 09:46 AM
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How much does she weigh? Just throw her over your shoulder and carry her up the stairs and then down again. It's a one time deal. No sweat. No bump bump bump.
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We do this every Sunday helping a couple people int Church. It's 12 steps.
Lots of churches run 12-step programs.

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Old 04-08-2010, 10:34 AM
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I'd have to agree with many of the points made above.

Make sure that she is aware of the stairs requirement and that she really wants to attend even so. If needed, make other arrangements (a live webcam feed, a small group going over to visit her, moving to another venue, whatever).

If you're really going to do this, I strongly recommend having several very strong carriers on hand. Don't do the bump-bump-bump thing - that's incredibly wearing for a short distance, it will be horrible for three flights.

Get an arm chair with a rung for her feet, have her sit in it, and pick it up with one person on either side (i.e., holding the back support and the arm rest or front leg). Tilt it back SLIGHTLY to keep her in the seat.

If she's already in a wheelchair, they can lift her in the chair. Just be sure that they're grabbing something stable. (Mom's chair, the arms come off, so that won't work. If you grab the wheels, you better be sure they're locked down good or the whole chair will spin around them.)
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Old 04-08-2010, 12:27 PM
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I seem to remember reading that Segways were designed to go up stairs though, officially, they aren't intended for that. I've never used one. Anyone tried them up stairs? Would they be stable enough for an elderly person?
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Old 04-08-2010, 05:11 PM
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I seem to remember reading that Segways were designed to go up stairs though, officially, they aren't intended for that. I've never used one. Anyone tried them up stairs? Would they be stable enough for an elderly person?
I believe you're thinking of an X Bot, invented by the same man as the Segway. They are designed to go up stairs and do other stunts. IIRC They currently cost 20 grand or so.
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Old 04-08-2010, 05:16 PM
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How much does she weigh? Just throw her over your shoulder and carry her up the stairs and then down again. It's a one time deal. No sweat. No bump bump bump.
Hire a fireman's outfit too, and make her day.
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Old 04-08-2010, 06:23 PM
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I think what she weighs would be a key piece of information to have.

Could two strapping men, doing an emergency lift, carry her up the stairs? Would she be comfortable with that? Because that would surely be the easiest thing.

Make sure, they practice, with someone of the same body weight, on the exact flights of stairs, before giving it a go, with her, in their arms.

Dressing them up like firemen? Brilliant!
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Old 04-08-2010, 06:43 PM
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I appreciate all the suggestions. The event is a memorial for my brother who passed away suddenly on Valentines Day. He lived out of state and we wanted a local service for friends and family who could not make the trip. She encouraged me to host, but was noncommittal about whether she could attend. I just want to explore any options to make her feel comfortable if she desires to come.

I will look into the web cam idea or at least a video.

Many thanks!
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Old 04-08-2010, 08:30 PM
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Is there a reason it has to be several flights up?
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Old 04-10-2010, 05:01 PM
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Going down, you want to pop the wheelie and back down the steps.
Check out this guy in a wheelchair doing it by himself.
He must have tree trunks for arms.
http://wheelchairstairclimbing.blogspot.com/
Back down the steps??!! Do you mean the person in the wheelchair is facing up the stairs as you are bringing them down?

If she doesn't like bumps then I can see that would be a problem. But if she can tolerate a little bumping it's not that hard for two people in reasonably good shape to haul someone in a wheelchair up or down some stairs. I suspect I am heavier than the little old lady in question (150 pounds as of about 6 months ago and I strongly suspect I've gained weight since then) and I've had friends haul me upstairs in a wheelchair many times. One person at the back tilts the chair a little back so the front wheels are off the ground (don't tilt back too far or it becomes very difficult for the person at the back), one person at the front grabs the front (making sure you grab something sturdy) and the two of you haul the victimperson up or down the stairs. I haven't given anyone a hernia yet!

On the topic of wheelchair athletes pulling themselves up stairs; I used to see some at a place where I used to work out (not, I am not and never have been athletic, but I did use a workout facility for the disabled many years ago). Those dudes have upper arms the size of normal people's thighs! My jaw dropped the first time I saw someone pull that stunt.
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