4 Ways for Aging Parents to Live Independently

Tips for living independently

Aging isn’t necessarily hard. Getting older has its perks: retirement is closer or has started and there’s more time for family and friends.

But it can still be difficult, even for those who have aged gracefully. While not much can be done about external environments, independence and safety measures can be put in place at home. According to the AARP, about 90 percent of seniors intend to continue living in their current homes, making modifications and certain pieces of medical equipment invaluable.

Here are few ways to keep both safety and independence high in your home or the home of an aging parent.

Continue reading

Tips and Solutions for Caregivers: Accessibility at Home

family-caregivers

When was the last time you did something for a loved one they could never repay you for?

For millions of Americans, every day is spent caring for someone else. According to the Centers for Disease Control, over 34 million Americans act as unpaid caregivers for someone age 18 and older. Another statistic from the Pew Research Center states four in 10 U.S. adults care for a loved one with a significant health issue.

While these “family caregivers” provide compassionate care and know their loved one more intimately than a nurse, they often don’t have the knowledge necessary for providing care. This includes technical and medical knowledge, but it also includes being able to identify how accessible a home is.

The following are parts of the home family caregivers must be conscious of to provide the best care possible to their loved ones.

Home Entrances and Exits

These areas are crucial for caregivers working with a loved one in a wheelchair or other mobility device. Most doorways designed for wheelchair access require between 32 to 36 inches in width.

Caregivers also need to account for any steps into and out of the home. Entry ramps can help when entering or exiting a home. For those individuals who are more mobile, railings for enhanced security and safety may be considered.

Access Throughout the Entire Home

In addition to providing easier entry and exit access, pathways inside the home must have the same capabilities. This is especially true of the room the individual will reside in, as well as the bathroom they will be using. Pathways and entryways should be clear of clutter and any items that can obstruct traffic.

It is also important to promote independence to the highest degree possible. There are numerous aids to daily living available to help a loved one accomplish tasks with a degree of independence.

Access to Bathroom Facilities

If the individual needing care is able to use the restroom independently, it will be important for them to have easy and safe access to bathroom facilities.

For some individuals, a commode in their bedroom will be the simplest solution for using the bathroom. Bathing can also be accomplished in bed or nearby with the help of a hair washing basin or body washing basin.

For caregivers whose loved one has a higher level of mobility and independence, bathroom safety equipment such as grab bars, raised toilet seats and shower chairs are beneficial to ensure safety.

Family caregivers provide vital care with the highest level of compassion in an effort to make their loved one’s life better. Homepro Medical Supplies is proud to offer the equipment and supplies noted above, as well as numerous other items to help assist family caregivers.

Simply browse our website by area of the home (bathroom, bedroom or living room) or use our convenient site search option to quickly find the necessary equipment.

National Safety Month: How to Increase Safety in Different Parts of Your Home

What possible trouble spots exist in your home?

What possible trouble spots exist in your home?

Safety concerns are all around us. From other people and vehicles to weather and things out of our control, it can seem like the world is out to get us. You can even encounter safety hazards at home. This is especially true if you are older, suffer from certain medical conditions or are on certain medications.

Since June is National Safety Month, we thought it would be helpful to point out trouble areas in your home and how specific products we offer can eliminate the danger. See how you can decrease your chances for a fall in your bedroom, living room and bathroom below.

The Bedroom

Your bedroom is equated with relaxation and sleep, but it also causes problems for some people. Here are a few solutions to clearing safety obstacles in the bedroom:

  • Bed assists– offer support and stability for getting into and out of bed.
  • Bed rails– prevent you or your loved one from rolling out of bed while sleeping.
  • Commodes– getting someone with mobility restrictions to the bathroom can be dangerous. Commodes offer an option for using the bathroom within the bedroom.
  • Patient lifters– these provide safety for both the caregiver and the person they are caring for when transferring to a mobility device.

The Living Room and Hallways

Moving about your home’s hallways and relaxing in your living room aren’t givens if you or a loved one have mobility or balance issues. These products provide greater safety when moving about your hallways and in the living room:

  • Seat lift chairs– these provide assistance with sitting and standing, and can even be put into different positions to help with seating and positioning for those with certain medical conditions.
  • Walking aids– these include walkers, rollators, canes and crutches to ease the process of moving around your home.
  • Wheelchairs- both manual and powered wheelchairs can make getting around your home easier and safer from a seated position.

The Bathroom

Statistically speaking, the bathroom is the most dangerous room in your home. The slick floors, hard surfaces and sharp corners are unforgiving if you or a loved one experience a fall. Here are some ways to shore up the safety in your bathroom:

  • Shower chairs & benches– these allow you to bathe from a much safer seated position.
  • Grab bars and & tub rails– offer an extra place to hold on to when getting in or out of the tub and shower.
  • Raised toilet seats– provide greater safety for those aren’t as flexible or with balance issues when sitting down or standing up.
  • Commodes– these can be used over the toilet come with many different features to promote overall safety when using the toilet.
  • Hand held showers– eliminate all the twisting and turning you do in the shower by using a hand held shower to control the water flow.

Use Homepro Medical Supplies as your safety improvement resource during National Safety Month. Check out all the great safety products we offer and order them quickly and conveniently straight from our website.