Railing Installation after a Hospital Visit
A story from one of our clients
Mike recently visited Ottawa Deck and Rail,
after a car accident left him with a cracked rib
and a broken leg. Once simple tasks like
preparing breakfast, and walking up and
down his front steps became time consuming
and frustrating. One problem he had was that
there was only a grab rail on one side of the
stairs, making it difficult to grab on the way
Luckily, Mike decided to come visit our
company, as we prioritizes services when
someone needs it for medical reasons. Three
days later, we had installed a railing on the
other side of the stairs, so that Mike could
focus on his recovery.
What can we take from this study?
Unfortunately, injuries and illnesses can
happen at any time, which may hinder our
ability to climb stairs. These can include:
- Normal aging or wear and tear
- Arthritic conditions like osteoarthritis
- Injuries due to sports or car accidents
- Needing to use a mobility device like a
What steps can I take to
proactively prevent falling if I have
Ottawa Deck and Rail deeply cares about its
clients, and commits to providing them with
relevant information, and quality products.
Here are 10 stair railing tips for people with
- If you have open stairs get a railing on
both sides so that you can use your
dominant hand on the way up and
down the stairs.
Most injuries take place on the way
down the stairs so take extra caution
on your way down.
- Be sure your stairs are free of snow and
ice, and any other debris that could
make using them more difficult.
- Use adhesive floor treads to provide
greater traction if your stairs are
polished or slick.
- You may have to replace your stairs if
the rise is higher than the standard 7
inches, and you cannot lift your leg
- Be sure the stairway is well lit
especially at night, to avoid falling, and
- If you have pillars, have a railing
installed straight from the landing
down to the bottom step.
You should see a physical therapist to
teach you the correct way to go up and
down the stairs, to use the handrail
and mobility devices like crutches.
- It can take over a year for your muscles
to recover, so it’s important to do all
exercises given by the doctor, or
If you’re returning home after having surgery,
or dealing with an injury, Ottawa Deck and Rail
takes that need seriously, can provide a quote
within 24 hours. We will prioritize your service
to have it done as quickly as possible.
If you have any questions, give us a call or
request a quote on our website.