Caring for an aging loved one in the home can be a very complicated and stressful experience. It’s a decision that can lead to many life adjustments for the entire family. Thankfully, there is a wide variety of senior care products on the market to create a safe and efficient atmosphere at home. Today’s guest poster, Carol Robinson, tells us which mobility aids every caregiver should have in the home.
The aging process is gradual and inevitable – but that doesn’t mean we have to like it!
It goes beyond greying hair and wrinkles, though, as aging can have a negative effect on seniors’ physical and mental functions. This can make actions which were previously considered simple, such as getting in and out of bed and taking a shower, difficult and potentially dangerous. Thankfully, there are a range of mobility aids available for around the home that can help elderly people to maintain their independence. Today, we are going to take a look at mobility aids for the bedroom and the bathroom.
An adjustable bed is ideal if you have mobility problems as they can help to improve comfort and independence. The bed frame can be adjusted via a control and many have a five-part frame for maximum movement and adjustment. This allows senior people to find the best position based on their specific needs. This is an ideal choice for elderly people who have health conditions ranging from mobility and circulation problems to acid reflux and asthma.
A pillow lift is a good choice of mobility aid if an elderly person requires assistance when rising from a lying position or if they need to remain in an upright position. Pillow lifts have been designed to assist individuals who have limited upper body strength. They are simple to fit on a standard bed and can be adjusted at the touch of a button. Many pillow lifts also have the option of being set to a semi-elevated position, making them suitable for elderly people who have breathing or cardiac problems.
Bedside rails aid the transfer of seniors to a wheelchair or a standing position. They can also help to prevent the elderly from falling out of bed in many cases and reduce the risk of potential accidents. They are available in full length, two-parts or as grab handles. Bedside rails provide senior people with an improved level of freedom in how they control their movements in the bedroom, particularly when getting in and out of bed.
Bathing and maintaining a good standard of hygiene is difficult and distressful for many elderly people. This is often due to a lack of independence and privacy in the bathroom. A bath lift is a great way of improving the bathroom experience and simply needs to be securely fitted into a bath. The seat is easily operated via a hand-held remote and so there is no need for assistance (this is dependent on the person’s specific condition).
A shower was something you once did every day and without any hassle – but aging can make it potentially dangerous due to decreased stability and balance. However, this does not mean elderly people have to say goodbye to showers. The option of a shower chair, or a shower stool, provides the means to sit down while taking a shower. This minimizes the risk of falls in the bathroom and promotes independence.
The bathroom can become one of the most dangerous rooms in the house for older people. This is often due to the water spillage that results from taking a shower or a bath. With this comes the potential to slip, fall and hurt oneself. Bathroom safety mats provide improved grip and use a comfortable rubber material.
There is a range of other mobility aids that can assist elderly people inside and outside the house. These range from walking frames and tri-walkers, to grab rails and rollators. However, as with the bedroom and bathroom mobility aids discussed above, the ones you choose need to be based on your needs and specifications.