Elderly Care Products

Elderly Care

In Australia it has been stated that by 2020, more than half the population over 15 years old will be 45 years or older. Elderly care will be a growing industry requiring more funds from the government.

As the baby boomers approach retirement, more and more will prefer to stay at home and remain independent as long as possible. All of us would. There are a few products I've found that would make life easier for our parents as they get older.

1.
Drive Medical Single Hand Suction Cup Grab Bar, 12.75 Inches
Drive Medical Single Hand Suction Cup Grab Bar, 12.75 Inches

Tip: You'd want to have your shower tiles larger than the diameter of the suction cup. (Just thinking like an engineer!)

 

Senior Bathroom Products

In the bathroom, these products are available to ensure the safety of your aged relative, while making the process of taking a shower or bath an easier experience.

  1. The "bath board" is a strong plastic seat that fits on the rim of the bath tub. It has a handle to help position yourself and holes in the seat to prevent pooling of grey water. It has some rubber clamps to prevent it from slipping and also has an inbuilt soap holder.
  2. The suction hand rail is portable and can be used for home or when you are travelling. It is very easy to attach and remove. It does need to be used on a non-porous surface, so tiles in your shower are ideal. It can be used for other applications where you need assistance entering or exiting, eg inside a car window.
  3. The bath mat is probably one of the most important additions you need to make to your bath or shower. It's a slip resistant surface with suction caps on the base. If you have a latex allergy, check the kind of rubber from which the mat you are buying is made.
  4. The "shower chair" is the equivalent of the bath board for your shower. It has adjustable legs so you can vary the height and rubber tips to prevent slipping. Again, it has holes to prevent pooling of grey water as you use it.
  5. The long handle scrub makes reaching those cliched "hard to reach" areas on your back easier to reach! Also, if you have trouble bending over the long handle will assist. It makes a big difference to someone's confidence when they are able to keep showering independently. You can get 2 - one for use in the shower and a second one for applying any creams afterwards.
  6. When using the bath board (Item 1) especially, you would want to have a bath with an extendable shower head - for obvious reasons!

Elderly Home Care - Everyday Items

These everyday aids can be used by anyone but are particularly beneficial to people that suffer from arthritis and need assistance with their handling of small products and their mobility.

  1. The auto handy bar is a nifty little tool that you place in the door lock to help you get out of your car. This one actually comes with a seat belt cutter and a side window breaker for emergencies.
  2. The easy reach seatbelt extension handle reduces the strain on your shoulders from twisting trying to reach the seatbelt. It can be attached to either side (passenger or driver) and is easily removed if you are a passenger in someone else's vehicle.
  3. This jar opener is great for people with arthritis as it helps open the jar with minimal fuss.
  4. This 7 day pill organizer is one that my parents are using already. It is great for people who suffer from some memory loss to check that they have taken their medication on that particular day. If you know you have to take medication for life (eg for blood pressure, cholesterol etc), it is worth getting into the habit of using this while you are younger.
  5. This pick up tool is useful for reaching items on the ground if you have trouble bending over. You often see it in movies where people doing community service are picking up rubbish. My friend has one he uses to help clean up his fish tank...
  6. This key turner is designed for people with limited hand mobility, usually arthritis sufferers (not to pick on that group too much!) It's as simple as pulling out the key you need and using your whole hand to turn it in the lock rather than fumbling with a few fingers.

Suggestions?

Do you know of another elderly care products that can make life easier for the elderly or even for those that require general assisted living care? Please let me know below, thanks!

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Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

I didn't know about some of these, and not as expensive as I thought. I imagine too, that these products could help medical expences by preventing some possible accidents. Wonderful article, Marco.


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marcofratelli 7 years ago from Australia Author

Thanks Frieda! Good point. I didn't know about some of these myself either, but was curious what kind of inventions had been made to make life easier for the elderly. :)


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 7 years ago

marcofratelli,

Thank you! You have really shared here some really great ideas. This information would be helpful in caring for the elderly as well as someone who is momentarily incapacitated,

Blessings


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marcofratelli 7 years ago from Australia Author

Thanks DeBorrah, you know what they say - sharing is caring! :)


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Jenny30 7 years ago from Canada

Very valuable information. I work with many Senior Citizens and I have to say this article has really a lot of wonderful ideas. I will be sure to pass on the info!!!


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marcofratelli 7 years ago from Australia Author

I'd appreciate that, thanks Jenny :)


Nat 7 years ago

Hi marcofratelli,

Good Day from Singapore. I have setup a company to offer innovative products solutions for the senior citizens and home care elderly patients. Can you share with me how can I can get hold of such products? Many thanks.

nattjoa@gmail.com


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marcofratelli 7 years ago from Australia Author

Hi Nat, thanks for the comment. These products are available online through Amazon as shown above. Thanks for reading!


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dallasinhomecare 7 years ago

Thanks for the insight. We specialize in live in caregiver services in Northeast Texas.


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Brian Long 7 years ago

the is very useful information. Great article.


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marcofratelli 7 years ago from Australia Author

Thanks dallasinhomecare and Brian Long, appreciate the feedback!


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ClaudiaP 6 years ago from California

Great hub! You've got quite a bunch of interesting and useful products in your list. And since you asked for suggestions, I would say another great product for seniors is the GlideCycle, which can help them keep fit and improve their overall health and mobility. It also comes as an indoor trainer, called the GlideTrak. You can see Mary Margaret's testimony, a 67-year-old lady, who went from hardly being able to walk to running about 3 miles at a time, after a few weeks on the GlideCycle: http://mobilityscooterwarning.com/video.html (watch the video in the link)


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CareGiverPartners 6 years ago from National

So many people don't even know what's out there and even more are unaware of how much a difference there can in creating a sense of independence, comfort and support for our loved ones.

These items are a great start. The auto handy bar is one of my favorites. So many elderly find a sense of pride as a difficult task is tackled independently!

Great hub, Marco!


Dave 6 years ago

For all those who need a good railing. We looked all over.

But I just had a beautiful iron handrail installed on my concrete steps and its is as strong and reliable as they come. Called the Iron X handrail by Fortin Ironworks.

Comes ready to install right out of the box. My son installed it in about 15 minutes.


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D.Virtual.Doctor 6 years ago from Europe

HealthCraft's Bath Board provides a plastic seating surface to make washing safe and easy. Helps when transferring in and out of bathtub.

Transfer

Sturdy plastic board rests across the rim of bathtub. The wider end of the bath board makes it easier to transfer over the bathtub threshold.

Adjustable

Anti-slip friction feet adjust to fit the width of the bathtub, providing sufficient friction to stabalize the bath board, and keep it in place. Rubber will not damage bathtub surface.

Easy Installation

No tools required. All plastic hardware provided.

Easy to Clean

Wipe with a cloth to keep bath board clean. Holes in the seat allow water to drain quickly so sitting water will not collect.

Handle

Removable plastic handle for added transfer support.

Portable

Easily removed for storage and travel.

This is such an awesome hub. Very contemporary and indeed breath- taking. I am so privileged to read this hub because I am duly informed and educated. Hoping to read more of such hubs from you. Cheers!

D.Virtual.Doctor


Katelyn 5 years ago

Thanks for sharing this! It’s great to learn that there are now several devices that can make the day to day life of the elderly a lot more convenient and easier. But let me share the importance of using a PERS among the elderly. I have elderly parents and it gives me a great sense of peace of mind that they have a device that will only require them to push one button to call for an immediate help in case of emergency. My parents are using the Just5 Easyphone that is also equipped with PERS features. I find this device to be very practical among the elderly as this both serves as a communication and safety device. Plus, this is also very affordable that even those elderly who don’t have so much money can afford to have this.


Lee Mckay 4 years ago

Safety Bath www.safetybath.com has a great Door Insert kit to convert existing tubs to walk in tubs at a fraction of the cost.Installation is approx four hours . Safety Bath has dealers and installers throughout North America.

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