As we age, elderly aids can help us achieve the independent lifestyle
we had at a younger age. Growing old happens to everyone, if we are
lucky. As the body ages, it can become less stable, but before you
resign yourself, your parent or grandparent to a nursing home or other
facility, take a close look at their physical limitations. Investigate
the variety of aids available to help living independently and on their
own for as long as safely possible.
More than likely, you will find that a few changes around the
house will make a major difference in you or your loved one’s life. Here
are a few possibilities of elderly aids:
- Toilets – It can be difficult to drop from a
standing position to the toilet, especially if an elderly person has a
joint or leg problem. The chance of a fall is great. Use a toilet
attachment that raises the height of the toilet seat so they don’t have
as far to sit or stand. There are also raised toilet seats with armrests
to help stability.
- Showers – Getting in and out of the
bathtub can be a daunting task for an elderly person who is not steady
on their feet. Consider installing a walk-in tub with a door which
eliminates stepping over the tub ledge. The addition of a shower chair
or seat in the shower and a removable showerhead allows for sitting and
washing at the same time. Plenty of grab bars are a must.
- Walkers – Sometimes, a little help with
movement can make a significant difference. Traditional and rolling
walkers offer a sturdy platform so users can walk, supported and
stabilized. Rollators go a step further by offering a seat for resting
during longer walks.
- Electric wheelchairs – These seem to be
all the rage these days. If your parent or grandparent has trouble
walking and is prone to falls, an electric wheelchair or scooter may be
the answer. Manual wheelchairs require a lot of upper body strength that
some elderly people just don’t have. Electric wheelchairs and scooters
operate more smoothly and can be equipped with handy accessories.
The one thing that elderly people do not want to lose is their
independence. Aging does not have to mean immobility. With the help of a
few aids to modify their lives, they can continue to live independently
for a long time.
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