Many older Americans intend to stay in their homes past retirement and into their “golden years.” This often causes concern for many family members, as physical and mental ability to remain independent diminishes over time. Elderly family members may begin to experience physical ability and mobility issues, making them more susceptible to falls and other potential risks.
According to current statistics, older Americans are at a higher-risk for falls. One in three seniors will fall yearly, and, of this demographic, almost 40% will suffer moderate to severe injuries. One fall in the bathroom or down some stairs can put an end to an older loved one’s plans of remaining in their homes without the need of a caregiver.
There are also many older Americans who find themselves wheelchair bound. This in and of itself can be a huge problem as most standard doorways and hallways are not wide enough to accommodate a passing wheelchair. In addition to navigating hallways and doorways, wheelchair users are also limited when it comes to stairs and bathing areas.
If you have a loved one with wishes to remain in their home there is good news - adaptations can be made to their living space that will make the home easier and safer to navigate. Homecare equipment allows for a variety of changes to be made in the living environment. These tools offer assistance and support, lessening fall risk and making regular tasks easier.
Some types of home medical equipment include:
- Grab bars
- Raised toilet seats
- Shower chairs
- Bedside grab bars
- Rollators and Walkers
- Daily living aids
- Medic alert and health alert systems
Any older American is capable of remaining in their home, as long as their health allows it. Adding supportive assistance products can make their lives simpler and frustration-free. These home medical equipment products will also give family and caregivers peace of mind.
Give your loved one the gift of independence today with home safety supplies. Browse our extensive fall prevention bathroom safety, and daily living aids sections of our website, or call 1-888-687-4334 to speak with a knowledgeable Medical Supply Professional for assistance.