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How Medical Equipment can ease Daily Living of Senior Citizens

August 12, 2014

As the aging process progresses, many senior citizens  require in-home medical equipment to assist with both their health and continuing their activities of daily living (ADLs.) Many of these tools will be suggested by a healthcare professional, but some are tools you can invest in if you see that mobility, stability, range of motion, or overall health begin to decline. When used properly, these medical aides can make you or your loved one’s life healthier, happier and stress-free. Some of these products can be paid for through Medicare services, depending on condition and level of coverage. Below are just a few of the in-home medical tools and equipment you can turn to.

Mobility Aides

Even when senior citizens can still walk, mobility aides can provide additional safety, especially for days when seniors will be on their feet for long periods of time. This includes items such as:

  • Canes
  • Walkers
  • Manual or Powered Wheelchairs
  • Hoyer Lift
  • Transfer aides—such as gait belts, transfer board, and bed or chairs with built in lifts

Bathroom Safety Aides

The bathroom becomes one of the most dangerous rooms in the home as a person ages. This is because sound stability is required to get up and down from the toilet, and in and out of the bathtub. Consider investing in:

  • Raised Toilet Seats
  • Shower Benches
  • Grab Bars
  • Non-Slip Bathmats
  • Converting To A Walk-In Bathtub Or Shower

Health Aides

Senior citizens who aim to stay at home when struggling with health conditions may need to invest in assistive devices that help manage their daily health. Depending on their needs, this could include items such as:

  • Glucometer
  • BP Monitor
  • Portable Oxygen Tank
  • Stationary Oxygen Tank
  • Nebulizer
  • Catheter Supplies
  • Continence Supplies
  • Compression Clothing

ADL Aides

Activities of daily living may become more challenging, but there are many aides that can make them easier to achieve. Keep in mind that in order to make ADLs easier, seniors may need to invest in new clothing—such as pants with elastic waistbands instead of zippers, Velcro or no-tie shoes, and shirts that do not require buttoning. Additional ADL aides are:

  • Easy Grip Silverware
  • Easy Grip Beverage Containers
  • A Grab Stick to Reach Tall Places
  • Elastic Shoelaces
  • Shoe Horn

Exercise Aides

As mobility decreases, exercise may be more difficult to achieve. The good news is that there are many exercise aides that seniors can use while laying, sitting, or standing, to help maintain range of motion, flexibility, and general physical fitness. This includes items such as:

  • Exercise Bands
  • Handheld Exercise Balls
  • Stationary Floor Pedals
  • Free Weights For Leg and Arms

The medical and safety aides above can increase both the health and independence of senior citizens who want to remain at home. They can be utilized ongoing, or while recovering from an illness or injury. Whether in need of assistance for daily living or help rehabbing from a recent procedure or illness, contact the knowledgeable staff at Concordia today and take away the stress and ease the troubles of finding the proper medical equipment for you or your loved ones.

4 comments

  • Comment Link Alex Dean posted by Alex Dean on commentDate, JText::_('K2_DATE_FORMAT_LC2')); ?> May 23, 2017 7:49 PM

    As my grandmother is getting a little older, we want to make sure she has everything to help her be able to move around her house. It's good to know that when it comes to her being able to get in and out of bed, we might want to invest in a bed lift. That way we know that since we aren't there to help her, she can still get out safely.

  • Comment Link Rhys Rawson posted by Rhys Rawson on commentDate, JText::_('K2_DATE_FORMAT_LC2')); ?> Aug 6, 2015 2:16 PM

    Thanks for the information about different mobility aides that can ease daily living for seniors. My grandmother struggles to walk and I've been thinking about getting her a walker. However, her mobility will only get worse, so maybe I should just get her a wheelchair now. What do you suggest?

  • Comment Link McKayla Strauss posted by McKayla Strauss on commentDate, JText::_('K2_DATE_FORMAT_LC2')); ?> Jul 20, 2015 7:47 PM

    I didn't realize that there are so many different types of medical equipment meant to help people. Mobility aids are obvious, but simple things like those bathroom safety aids are things I hadn't considered before. Are there any other major types of home safety aids out there aside from the ones you listed?

  • Comment Link Ted Smith posted by Ted Smith on commentDate, JText::_('K2_DATE_FORMAT_LC2')); ?> Feb 23, 2015 11:08 PM

    It is true that medical equipment can help ease an elderly persons daily living. A perfect example is a walk in bathtub. Often times elderly people cannot use a regular bathtub because they can't get in them. A walk in bathtub eliminates that problem. My mom uses one and it has helped her a ton.

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