Your Go-To Guide for Assistive Home Care Products

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A senior using one of many types of assistive home care products gets help from a caregiver.

We can help you make the best decisions as you look into assistive home care products.

As older adults age at home, assistive home care products can make life easier and safer. There’s a large selection of adaptive equipment solutions for home care available on the market today that can enhance senior safety and help seniors to remain much more comfortable at home. At San Diego Home Caregivers, we want to provide you with some insider tips for purchasing and making use of some of the most widely used types of home care equipment.

Commodes

Instead of both an elevated toilet seat and a toilet safety framework, you can use a commode. Commodes are also more mobile and can be used separately beside the person’s bed.

Tips for purchasing:

  • Select a commode that comes with both a pail (including a lid) and a sleeve (for use over the toilet).
  • Try to choose one that comes with non-removable armrests and rubber tips on the legs instead of wheels, and check for strength.

Shower bench vs. shower board

Shower benches help older adults feel safer when they get in and out of the tub, substantially reducing the risk of falls.

The main advantages of shower benches over shower boards are that they come with backrests and are height adaptable. Having a taller surface makes rising from a seated position easier, and backrests supply more support to those who tire more easily. Shower boards can also be troublesome to fit correctly to a tub.

Tips for purchasing:

  • Make sure to also invest in a high quality hand-held sprayer that connects to the faucet and is easy to use.
  • Look for a shower bench that comes with a handle and backrest that can be adjusted to accommodate different sizes and types of tubs.

Rollators

A rollator is a 4-wheeled walker that comes with brakes, a seat, and a basket. Rollators are effective inside and outside the house, provide a readily available seat at all times, and let users carry items in the basket which allows them full control to steer the rollator.

Tips for purchasing:

  • Pick a compact, folding model so that it can fit in the trunk of a car.
  • Larger wheels are recommended, as they roll more efficiently on uneven ground and are overall more sturdy.
  • Try to get a rollator with a comfortable, cushioned seat.
  • Check the brakes before buying to make certain that they are not stiff or challenging to use.
  • Models that allow easy access to the basket while in the standard walking position are preferred.

For more suggestions and insight on assistive home care products, or for home care services to help a loved one enjoy a better quality of life and improve safety in the home, contact San Diego Home Caregivers online or call us at (619) 487-9000. We’re pleased to serve San Diego, La Jolla, Point Loma, and throughout San Diego County.