5 Types of Home Medical Equipment for Aging in Place
More and more seniors are choosing to remain in their homes as they age. Here are five things every senior, who plans to age in place, should have.
1. Accessible Bath and Shower Options
As seniors age, their flexibility often decreases which can make it difficult to get in and out of standard bathtubs and showers.
For those planning to age in place, there are a variety of accessible options for walk-in baths and roll-in showers. These allow seniors to be independent and safe as they care for basic hygiene needs. Accessible baths and showers are easier to enter and exit, eliminating the tripping hazards of stepping over the high barrier walls present in most home tubs and showers. This is especially valuable if you suffer from arthritis which makes the movement of the joints painful or limits your range of motion.
Showers should have fold-up chairs available for use as needed. They should also include a detachable showerhead.
Some handicap shower stalls can be adapted according to your changing needs. These are ideal if you are planning ahead but do not yet need the accessibility of a walk-in shower.
2. Grab Bars
Grab bars should be available inside the shower stall as well as near the toilet.
Getting up and down can become a complex task as seniors age, and balance can be difficult to maintain. Grab bars allow the senior assistance with lifting themselves and steadying themselves as they get up and down in the bathroom.
3. Raised Toilet Seats
Raised toilet seats make it easier for seniors to lower themselves onto the toilet as well as to get up from the toilet. They require a smaller range of motion to use and are excellent for those with joint pain or weakness. They also help maintain bathroom independence after surgeries on the hips, back, and knees.
Stairs become more difficult to use as seniors age. They also can create fall hazards as seniors’ sense of balance can become impaired. Falls down the stairs can be devastating and, at times, permanently disabling.
Replacing steps with handicap ramps for the home assures the senior can safely enter their home. It also allows for the use of walkers and wheelchairs as needed.
5. Stair Lifts
If the home you wish to age in place within has narrow or long staircases, consider adding a stairlift. This assures you access to all parts of the home while minimizing the risk of falls. Stairs can be the largest obstacle for seniors wanting to age in place. Many homes where the seniors raised their families are multi-level. Some seniors choose to move to a single-story home to overcome the obstacle of stairs but that is not the only option. Stairlifts are there to make any home accessible to those with limited mobility.
If you live in Massachusetts, Connecticut, or Rhode Island and would like more information on durable medical equipment (DME) for aging in place call (508) 802-4259 to speak to an expert at Lift and Care Systems. We will be happy to assist you in finding the perfect home medical equipment to meet your needs.