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Jan 7, 2022 11:00:00 AM | 5 Min Read

A Guide to Assistive Devices for the Elderly

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A Guide to Assistive Devices for the Elderly

Nowadays, you can find many assistive devices for the elderly. Whether it involves walking, getting dressed, or performing other daily tasks, these devices help improve the way of life for seniors.

Let’s discuss the various types of assistive devices available for the elderly, including examples of each type.

Walkers

Walkers are some of the most common assistive devices out there. While some come with four wheels, there are also two-wheel walkers available. Like a cane, using a two-wheel walker helps prevent injuries,  often caused by a fall. These walkers work best for those with balance issues or lower-body weakness.

One great feature of these walkers is that, when used correctly, they can support half a person’s body weight. Additionally, users of two-wheel walkers don’t even need to lift the device—they can use the two front wheels to roll the walker around. Another advantage is that these walkers help seniors restore strength and improve posture.

Walking Canes

When considering assistive devices for the elderly, you can’t forget walking canes. Not only are these devices handy, but they’re also affordable and lightweight. From getting out of bed to walking around the house, walking canes can improve the quality of life for seniors.

Today, there are tons of different types of canes available. When used correctly, they can drastically help with balance and mobility. Additionally, these devices can even reduce the chance of a life-threatening fall. Walking canes also work great for those who have arthritis, as they help to limit the weight placed on joints and ligaments.

Comfort Devices

As it’s vital to reduce pain and assist with mobility, staying comfortable is also essential. That said, there are many comfort devices available to the senior community. These devices help with several everyday tasks, from getting dressed to watching TV.

Here are some of the most common comfort devices on the market today:

  • Sound amplifier used to hear conversations, TV, radio, etc.
  • Buttoning hook for putting on shirts and pants
  • Modified computer keyboard with larger letters, numbers, and symbols
  • Zipper pull to help when using zippers
  • Robotic vacuums to help clean the house
  • Mattress lift for getting in and out of bed
  • Table tray for eating more comfortably

As seniors may have difficulty with everyday tasks, it can be very frustrating. But with the help of these comfort devices, you can live more comfortably, limit pain, and have less stress.

Knee Walkers

For seniors, knee problems are far too common. However, knee walkers offer a lot of relief. Knee walkers are assistive devices that improve mobility for those suffering from these conditions. They typically include three or four wheels with a knee cushion and handlebar. They usually have a braking system and even convenient storage compartments.

Knee walkers are often considered a better alternative to crutches. As these devices have grown in popularity, several different styles and options are available. Whether you’re dealing with chronic knee problems or recovering from surgery, a knee walker can offer the relief you need.

Personal Hygiene Devices

Bathing, going to the restroom, and other personal hygiene tasks can be difficult for seniors. While having a caretaker by your side can provide tons of help, there are also a variety of assistive devices available. One example is a bath board, a bench that sits over the tub’s width. Seniors simply sit on these when bathing in the bath or shower. Some other popular products include a bathroom grabber handlebar and a toilet chair.

Stairlifts

Getting up and down the stairs can be a nightmare for seniors. Even with the help of a caretaker, this task can be challenging. If you’re struggling to go up the stairs, a stairlift could be the solution you need. While this lifting system can be expensive, it can help reduce pain and limit the chance of a severe fall.

Stairlifts can easily be installed by a trained professional. And since they are growing in popularity, you can find some cost-effective options. Also, while they are more common with straight stairs, curved stairlifts are available for curved stairs.

Assistive Technology Devices

As technology has significantly advanced over the years, there are several assistive technology devices for the senior community. These are ideal for those wanting to keep their independence as they age. Some of the most popular assistive technology devices include wheelchairs, voice-activated telephones, and digital hearing aids.

By using any of the devices above, seniors can experience a higher quality of life with less pain and discomfort.

 

Topics: Mobility for Seniors, Exercise & Activity

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