May 8, 2023
As our loved ones age, adaptive devices for seniors can make their day-to-day life at home much easier, safer, and more comfortable. There are a number of assistive devices for the home that are now available to improve quality of life for older adults. At Continuum, we’re pleased to share some insider tips for purchasing and using some of the most commonly used pieces of adaptive home care equipment for the older adults you love.
What adaptive devices for seniors can help at home?
Rollators are four-wheeled walkers with a seat, basket, and brakes. Rollators are helpful adaptive devices for seniors that are useful both outside and inside, offering seniors a seat when they need rest and a basket to keep their hands free to operate the rollator.
Tips for purchasing a rollator:
- Choose a lightweight, fold-up rollator that can fit in the trunk of a car.
- Larger wheels are best. They can roll more easily on uneven surfaces and are typically more stable.
- Look for a rollator with a comfortable, padded seat.
- Test the brakes before purchase to make sure they are not stiff or difficult to use.
- Rollators that allow easy access to the basket while in the standard walking position are best.
Shower boards vs. shower benches
If older adults feel fearful of the process of getting in and out of the bathtub, shower benches can help! They greatly reduce the risk of falling while getting into and out of the tub.
As opposed to shower boards, shower benches are adjustable for different heights and have backrests. A taller surface makes it easier to get up from a seated position, and backrests provide more support for those who tire easily. Shower boards can also be tricky to fit properly to a bathtub.
Tips for purchasing a shower bench:
- Choose a shower bench with a handle and backrest so it can be moved around to accommodate different types of tubs.
- Be sure to also purchase an easy-to-use handheld sprayer that connects to the faucet.
While you may not think of a commode as an adaptive device for seniors, they are great alternatives to a raised toilet seat and/or a toilet safety framework. Commodes also have the further benefit of being mobile, so they can be used independently beside the person’s bed as well.
Tips for purchasing a commode:
- Choose a commode with non-removable armrests and rubber tips on the legs rather than wheels, and test it for strength.
- Look for one that includes both a pail (with a lid) and a sleeve (to place over the toilet).