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Making Life Easier at home

Making Life Easier at home

Making Life Easier at home

If you are caring for a frail older family member at home there are a number of basic home medical supplies that can help make life easier and safer. Making use of basic medical equipment in the home will not only make a caregiver’s job less strenuous but increase the quality of life and independence for someone in your care.

If you are caring for a frail older family member at home there are a number of basic home medical supplies that can help make life easier and safer.

Making use of basic medical equipment in the home will not only make a caregiver’s job less strenuous but increase the quality of life and independence for someone in your care.

The most common and useful medical equipment tends to be related to showering, toileting and mobility.

Here is a guide home medical equipment you can’t do without.


Personal Hygiene and Bathing

  • Shower chairs or shower stools can be used to sit on in the shower recess to help ease showering and reduce the risk of falls in the shower.
  • Bath seats or seat baths fit in the bath tub and allow a person to sit in a bath with a handheld shower device.
  • Bath transfer benches help a person easily transfer to and from the bath by sliding along the bench. Grab rails assist in transfers.

Toileting

  • Raised toilet seats raise the height of the toilet making it easier for someone to lower themselves onto the toilet seat. Choosing a raised toilet seat that attaches to the toilet and comes with arm rests can be safer.
  • Toilet frames fit over the toilet. The side arm frames can be used for support to assist a person to get on and off the toilet safely. Pans can be used to turn some toilet frames into a commode chair for toileting.

Tip: Renting medical equipment from your local pharmacy can be a cheaper alternative. Keep in mind that a person recovering from surgery may require review of all home medical supplies as they get better.


 Mobility aids and walkers

  • Rollators are a commonly used walking frame for use in and outdoors. Rollators usually come with a handy seat for resting on and basket for shopping. Some coordination and strength is needed to use the hand or push-down brakes.
  • Canes are a convenient walking aid for many people with poor balance. For optimum support canes must be the correct height and fit.
  • Transfer belts help a carer safely transfer a person on and off a chair or steady a person whilst walking. The belt fits comfortably around the waist with handles for a carer to hold on to for extra support.