Improve Home Safety for Seniors With These Assistive Devices

A caregiver helps a senior client use her walker, one of many assistive devices that help keep seniors safe and independent at home.
Choosing the right assistive devices can significantly improve comfort and quality of life for senior loved ones.

Throughout aging, assistive devices can make everyday life around the house simpler and less dangerous. There’s a large selection of adaptive equipment solutions for home care readily available today that can enhance senior safety and help seniors remain more comfortable at home. At Heaven at Home Senior Care, we want to provide you with some insider recommendations for buying and utilizing some of the most widely used pieces of home care equipment.

Commodes

A commode can be used instead of both a raised toilet seat and a toilet safety frame, and also has the extra benefit of being movable, so can be utilized separately beside the bed as well.

Tips for purchasing:

  • Try to select one that includes non-removable armrests and rubber tips on the legs rather than wheels, and examine for sturdiness.
  • Select a commode that includes both a pail (including a lid) and a sleeve (for use over the toilet).

Rollators

A rollator is a 4-wheeled walker that comes with brakes, a seat, and a basket. Rollators work very well both in the house and outdoors, provide a seat when the older adult needs to take a rest, and the basket enables users to carry items with them, keeping their hands free to steer the rollator.

Recommendations for purchasing:

  • Bigger wheels are recommended, as they roll easier on uneven ground and are overall sturdier.
  • Pick a compact, folding design so that it can fit in the trunk of a car.
  • Check the brakes prior to purchasing to ensure that they are not stiff or challenging to engage.
  • Look for a rollator with a seat cushion for added comfort.
  • Models that provide easy access to the basket while in the typical walking position are preferred.

Shower Bench vs. Shower Board

A shower bench is practical for older adults who feel unsafe when lifting their legs over the side of the tub and dramatically reduces the risk of falling when getting in and out of the bath.

The main benefits of shower benches over shower boards are that they include backrests and are height adaptable. Having a taller surface makes rising from a seated position easier, and backrests provide more support to older adults who tire more easily. Shower boards can also be complicated to fit correctly to a tub.

Tips for buying:

  • Choose a shower bench that includes a handle and backrest that can be adjusted to accommodate different sizes and types of tubs.
  • Make sure to also invest in a top-quality hand-held sprayer that connects to the faucet and is convenient to use.

For more ideas and insight on in-home adaptive equipment products, or for home care services to help a loved one enjoy a better quality of life and boost senior safety at home, contact Heaven at Home Senior Care online or call us at 940-380-0500 in Denton or 972-245-1515 in Dallas. We provide home care services in Denton, Argyle, Frisco, and throughout North Central Texas.