While the aging process presents its challenges, home care offers solace by allowing seniors to age with dignity in the comfort of their own home, or a loved one’s home. One of the best things to do to help keep your senior safe in home care is to make sure the home is well-equipped to keep them safe.
Seniors often face obstacles with mobility or performing daily tasks, and many times, medical equipment throughout the home becomes necessary for your senior’s safety. The first thing to do before you update the home is to determine what type of medical equipment your senior will need and find out where you can purchase it.
Medical Equipment Examples
Medical equipment is most helpful for accessibility and improving the ease of daily tasks when it is placed throughout the home. A great example is in the bathroom. Installing grab bars increases your senior’s safety in the shower and when using the toilet. You install grab bars above the toilet and in the shower to help your senior raise, lower, and stabilize themselves. Another bathroom item to consider is a portable toilet. These can be placed in a more convenient location for your seniors that is easy to access and use at any time. Other types of medical equipment include those that help with your senior’s mobility. Items like canes and walkers are meant to be kept close by and always within your senior’s reach to help them move around the house and stay safe.
Where to Find Medical Equipment
Go Through Insurance
Does your senior have insurance? Companies like Medicare will often pay the complete or partial cost for new medical equipment. A doctor’s prescription for any recommended equipment is typically provided to the insurance company as well. While many insurance companies will help with the cost, not all do, leaving some patients to cover the cost themselves.
Buy Used Equipment
Thankfully, there are alternative options if you find that you do have to pay out-of-pocket. Rather than buying new equipment, look for used goods instead! Many times, you can find listings locally or online from independent living centers and other retailers. Also be sure to check community resources like second-hand stores and Facebook Marketplace.
Home Care Assistance is here to help. If you need further guidance on locating medical equipment for your senior in home care, please feel free to reach out to our experts today.