Steps - Mission Possible!
Steps can be more daunting than a simple or not so simple threshold! One can be a bit more savvy and creative with one step vs. two or more. It's also easier to negotiate one large one than one small one. Large here meaning one that fits your entire walker or wheelchair on it. But, for all the different shapes and sizes out there... let's get started with our plan of attack.What's holding YOU up?
First things first here! Before you climb your stairway, would you be inclined to even bound up them if you were healthy?What am I getting at?
I've climbed thousands of various stairwells. Some belong in the dump, so in the burn pile and some in a palace.Do your stairs belong under your feet?
Are they sturdy or are they rickety? Replace them.
Are there worn pieces of carpet hanging off them? Cut those pieces off or tape them down.
If they are wooden, are they cracked or rotting? Burn pile out back!
How about the railings? Any there?
Are they sturdy?
Will they hold falling weight? Yours or theirs?
Do you live where the snow and ice fly? How about no slip grips on the steps AND the handrails?
Are there height differences? Use bright tape on the edge of each one so that failing eyes can see them better.
Maybe your stair well is a mile long and will never be negotiable... a stair lift stair lift may be your best option, well, cheaper than moving anyway!
Bottom line, your safety goes only as far as what you step on will take you. Make them fit for a 300 pound king!Remember when?
If you were at a Rehab Facility, you would have already been taught how to manage getting in and out of your home or up and down from floor to floor but, it's NOT the real thing! Coming home and facing the real thing, may be a slightly different, scary story!
Some things to keep in mind. The only safe way to ascend is under weight bearing as tolerated (WBAT)orders. What does that mean? WBAT means just that. You may put as much weight through your affected leg as you can tolerate. Ascending and descending steps will require this... and gingerly!
If you are toe touch weight bearing (TTWB) or partial weight bearing (PWB), wait till you are WBAT - that is your safest option.Step Training Theology
Seems like the old adage remains through the years when it comes to climbing and descending those marvelous inventions:
The good (leg) goes up to Heaven: When climbing, good leg first
The bad (leg) goes down to Hell: When descending bad leg first
(Of course this physical therapy theology is not necessarily shared by the owner of this site!)
When you are climbing, your good leg should lead first. Think about it. It's your stronger leg... it's got to pull you up to the next level.
When descending, your weaker leg should lead first. Another thought moment; you stronger leg must lag behind to lower you to the next level... otherwise disaster is lurking... and it's not figured out until midway down, when it's too late.For Weight Bearing As Tolerated