For senior individuals who are living in their own home, safety and mobility can be a challenge. Unsteadiness and declining agility can result in falls that can have devastating injuries for the elderly. Tasks they once found simple such as dressing, showering, getting out of bed and performing personal hygiene can become extremely difficult and lengthy.
Assistive devices are a great resource that can help seniors to maintain their daily routines and activities, allowing them freedom and independent living. Many devices can increase mobility, restore confidence and give family members peace of mind that their loved ones are safe.
Here is a list of assisted devices that are designed for seniors:
These are unique poles that increase mobility and balance and are a great alternative to walkers and frames. The poles offer lateral stability and are designed for individuals that are suffering from chronic pain, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and strokes. The poles each have a weight capacity of 200 pounds and offer a bell shape tip that gets used for stability along with an ergonomically correct handle for help strengthening the core. All poles are adjustable, making it suitable for all body sizes and shapes. Activator poles can be used inside or outside and come with a wealth of information that can be found on the developer’s website.
Buttoning Aid Hook
Buttoning aid hooks are a device that work for those suffering arthritis, reduced dexterity and delicate motor impairment. The tool is a simple wire design with a comfortable grip and a hook that allows the individual to button jackets, pants and blouses easily with just one hand.
Freedom Grip Bed Handle
This bed handle is specialised to make getting out of bed easy and safe. The handle attaches to a standard height bed frame all with a snap-lock mechanism making assembly quick and straightforward without the need for work tools. The handle is nine inches wide with a non-slip coating that allows for a stable and firm grip. This item is a must-have for those suffering arthritis, vertigo, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis.
A bed sensor can assist in monitoring falls management. This can let a caregiver know when an elderly patient sits up in bed.
Jobar Long Reach Comfort Wipe
Maintaining hygiene is essential for the elderly for both their independence and dignity. This device has been designed for those who cannot reach properly and have limited ability. The long reach wipe has a flexible head that grips toilet paper or wipes. The device is over 15 inches long and has a quick release function for sanitary disposal.
Lively Wearable by GreatCall
This device has a medical alert function and is a wearable product that has an urgent response button that can call for help when you push it. It can get clipped onto clothing, or you can wear it around the wrist or neck. It is waterproof so you can wear it in the shower which is where falls often happen. The device comes with fall detection technology that will alert a response team if a fall has been detected. You can also register your family and friends to get a notification if the button has been pushed.
Much like a bed sensor, chair alarms detect pressure of a person sitting down. It can assist in falls prevention.
Assistive devices can improve people’s independence along with their livelihood. The above items can help your loved one perform activities they may find challenging to do. You can help to restore their mobility and freedom. The family will also have peace of mind knowing their loved ones have safety devices in their home.