Step Ladders 101

March is National Ladder Safety month and quite timely given the little case study in my recent post (https://twostepsolutions.com/2017/02/21/user-safety/).  So let’s chat about the type of ladder most likely to be found in homes and apartments everywhere:  step ladders.

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Since the experts at the American Ladder Institute have all the data, I have included a link to their website below for your reference.  Here are some of their top tips that stood out to me from my experience performing home safety assessments for persons of all ages as an occupational therapist:

  • Inspect the device before each use: Is it clean?  Do all parts work properly?
  • Use the step ladder fully open and locked on a clean, smooth, hard surface.
  • Place the stool in front of you and never overreach beyond the stool when in use.
  • To protect children, do not leave a step stool set up and unattended.
  • Do not store other materials on the step stool while it is in storage.  Fold it up and put it away.

Further, the person using the step latter must have intact balance, leg strength, climbing, vision, and judgment skills to use this piece of equipment safely.  If any of these requirements cannot be met then consider advising removal of the step ladder from the home.  Falls on stairways and ladders can be the most hazardous places inside or outside a dwelling, even deadly, as compared to any other place in the home.  Preventing injury here is generally non-negotiable when caring for loved ones or even in public places (such as with co-workers!).

If items inside the home can only be accessed with a ladder then offer to help the person living there place personal items within reach.  Look around to see if there are things needing repair and assist in addressing them.  While there could be dozens of reasons why a person would engage in risky behavior involving a step ladder, attempt to problem-solve alternatives that you and your loved one can agree upon together.

Take care and happy National Ladder Safety Month!

Julie, O.T.

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From:  Ladders 101:  Choosing the Right Ladder at:  http://www.americanladderinstitute.org/?page=Ladders101

Care of Step Stools can be found in the following standards:

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Travelling with Special Needs: No Problem

Just came across this valuable resource for your clients and loved ones travelling with a person who has special needs.  This might be for accessibility (such as renting a wheelchair or scooter at the person’s destination), oxygen, special beds, bathroom equipment and more.  The destination location may provide the service or the caregiver can contact a Certified Accessible Travel Advocate when making reservations.

Find out more at this website and get on down the road  . . . or on the plane . . . or sail off on that long-awaited cruise!

http://www.specialneedsatsea.com/

Take care,

Julie, O.T.

Millennials: the New Caregivers

In her article in the January 2017 issue of HME News, Associate Editor Tracy Orzel brings the Millennial generation into the forefront.  “In 5 more years, they will be buying for their parents,” sites Orzel.  I am taking notes as both a Baby Boomer and Occupational Therapist specializing in home safety!  She explains the trend as follows:

Out of 75.4 million Millenials born between 1980 and 2000, 9.5 million are already caregivers, according to a study conducted by the National Alliance of Caregivers and AARP.

Medical and DME providers will need to pay greater attention to price with up-front estimates than their parents generally required.  “Millennials are also more likely to turn to Google for healthcare information and buy products online first, before going to a doctor,” states industry expert Nashlah Boyayan.  Companies in the healthcare arena need to have a strong online presence but not necessarily one that includes social media; the average Facebook user is now age 40!

“Testimonials and online reviews are key,” continues Boyayan.  “They are based on stories.  As humans we are wired for narrative and so it’s important to use it in your marketing and your message.”

We will be planning for this trending and the needs of both Baby Boomers and their Millennial caregivers as our company develops.  Be sure to keep up with the latest news from Two Step Solutions via our Facebook page and Twitter feeds @twostepsolutions.

Take care, Julie, O.T.