Assistive Devices Can Help Enhance Safety at Home

Mid adult healthcare worker helping her patient who is walking using a walker. They are looking at the camera.
Assistive devices help seniors remain comfortable at home.

Throughout aging, assistive home care devices can make daily life around the house easier and safer. There’s a wide selection of assistive equipment solutions for home care available on the market today that can boost senior safety and help seniors to remain more comfortable at home. At Stay Home Care, our Nashville home care experts would like to provide you with some insider advice for picking out and utilizing some of the most popular assistive devices for home use.

Commodes  

A commode may be used instead of both an elevated toilet seat and a toilet safety framework, and also has the additional benefit of being mobile, so can be utilized separately at a bedside as well.

Recommendations for purchasing:

  • Try to choose one that has non-removable armrests and rubber tips on the legs as opposed to wheels, and test for durability.
  • Select a commode that includes both a pail (including a lid) and a sleeve (for use over the toilet).

Rollators

A rollator is a 4-wheeled walker that includes brakes, a seat, and a basket. Rollators work very well both inside the house and outside, supply a seat when the older adult needs to rest, and the basket allows users to carry things with them, keeping their hands free to maneuver the rollator.

Recommendations for purchasing:

  • Larger wheels are best, as they roll more efficiently on uneven ground and are overall more sturdy.
  • Select a compact, folding design so that it can fit in the trunk of a car.
  • Test the brakes before purchasing to make certain that they are not rigid or difficult to use.
  • Choose a rollator with a cushioned seat for added comfort.
  • Models that provide easy access to the basket while in the normal walking position are preferred.

Shower bench vs. shower board

A shower bench is helpful for older individuals who feel unsafe when lifting their legs over the side of the tub and significantly decreases the possibility of falling when getting in and out of the bath.

The primary benefits of shower benches over shower boards are that they include backrests and are height adjustable. Having a taller surface makes rising from a seated position easier, and backrests provide more support to older adults who tire more easily. Shower boards can also be troublesome to fit correctly to a tub.

Recommendations for purchasing:

  • Look for a shower bench that includes a handle and backrest that can be adjusted to accommodate different sizes and types of tubs.
  • Be sure to also invest in a quality hand-held sprayer that connects to the faucet and is simple to use.

For more recommendations and insight on in-home adaptive equipment products, or for home care services to help your loved one enjoy a better quality of life and boost senior safety in the home, contact Stay Home Care, the Nashville home care experts, online or call us at (615) 964-7726. To see our full Tennessee service area, click here.

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