In the course of growing older, adaptive home care equipment can make day-to-day life around the home easier and safer. There’s a plethora of adaptive tools for home care available today that can make seniors’ lives less risky and more comfortable. At Live Well at Home, we want to provide you with some insider guidelines for buying and using some of the most extensively used pieces of home care equipment.
A commode can be used in place of both an elevated toilet seat and a toilet safety framework, and also provides the added benefit of being mobile, so can be utilized separately at a bedside as well.
Tips for purchasing:
- Try to find one with non-removable armrests and rubber tips on the legs in place of wheels, to ensure sturdiness.
- Pick a commode that includes both a pail (with lid) and a sleeve (for use over the toilet).
A rollator is a four-wheeled walker that includes brakes, a seat and a basket. Rollators work effectively both inside and outdoors, provide seating when the senior needs to rest, and the basket enables users to carry objects with them, keeping their hands free to navigate the rollator.
Tips for purchasing:
- Bigger wheels are preferable, as they roll more easily on uneven ground and are generally more sturdy.
- Choose a compact, foldaway model so that it can fit in the trunk of a car.
- Check the brakes before purchase to ensure that they are not stiff or difficult to use.
- Try to find a rollator with a cushioned seat for comfort.
- Versions that permit easy access to the basket while in the normal walking position are preferred.
Shower bench vs. shower board
A shower bench is useful for seniors who feel unsafe when raising their legs over the side of the tub and greatly lowers the danger of falling when getting in and out of the bath.
The primary perks of shower benches over shower boards are that they come with backrests and are height adaptable. Having a taller surface makes getting up from a seated position much easier and backrests give more support to seniors who fatigue more easily. Shower boards can also be hard to fit properly to a bathtub.
Recommendations for purchasing:
- Pick a shower bench that has a handle and backrest which can be modified to accommodate various tubs.
- Be sure to also invest in a quality hand held sprayer that connects to the faucet and is easy to use.
For additional recommendations and insight on home care equipment products, or for senior care to help your loved one enjoy a higher quality of life, contact the experts in home care Sacramento families need at 916-459-3220 and learn more about all of our services.