Don't know if this would work for your case, but... if
you put a railing on th eother side of the stairway, can
you reach both with your hands? If so, intall it and
then try walking _backwards_ down the stairway.
It looks silly but is often easier.
- try it first in a building near you that has
the railings on both sides. Small office building
or school, etc.
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On Sun, 1 Feb 2015 16:39:49 +0000 (UTC), danny burstein
It might work.
But I feel obliged to tell about this, which has more than one
difference from what you said. My first year in college I was
*running**up* tthe stairs, only wide enough for one person, narrower
than the average basement stairs, holding on to both railings, when I
missed a step and must have hung from both railings a bit, and I
dislocated one shoulder. I hadn't done that before. I told myself I
should learn to let go of one railing.
In the morning when joints are stiff I go down stairs backwards, also any time I'm carrying a load or are otherwise at risk. Backwards is always safer. If you do fall you don't have as far before you hit.
Here's a thought though. Handrails are usually mounted on the side, somewhere around 42 inches high. What if you added a set overhead? That might be much more secure. At least until you get to the point where a lift is the only solution.
I've never seen it done that way but it might work.
I thought of that, but I don't know that this technique will prevent you
from falling the one or two feet you might fall to hurt yourself on the
stairs. Sure, it would keep you from tumbling all the way down the stairs,
but I don't think that is enough.
Hope you are OK
The day after my first knee surgery (many years ago)
I went flying down all the stairs because I did not know how to descend.
Fortunately I didn't make anything too much worse.
Many here had suggested a stair lift and that may be a good idea.
If your arms still have decent strength though. a railing on /both/
sides of the stairs may do the trick
You need a chairlift. New ones start at about $7000. If you have to turn
a corner then way more. Used ones are available if you look around, but
the lift track must be modified to fit your stairs. There are left hand
and right hand models depending on which side wall it needs to be
located near. You really need someone who knows what they are doing, its
not a DIY job.
I had to have one installed for my wife who was crippled in an auto
accident. We got lucky and found a person who collects them from people
who no longer need them or have passed away; and then sells and installs
them for a modest profit. Used, it cost me $1580 installed.
They run off of constantly charged batteries, so still operate if the
power goes out. The batteries will yield about 9 lifts if the power is
out - so I am told.
The chair folds upward so people can walk by, however moving furniture
or appliances by it is a non-starter unless your stairs are really
really wide. Even folded the chair and track take about a foot of space
next to the wall. So best take care of moving large items from one floor
to the other before installation.
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