Top Assistive Devices to Help Seniors Remain Independent and Safe

Learn about the assistive devices that can help seniors remain independent at home.

As people grow older, assistive devices in the home can make everyday life simpler and less hazardous. There’s a wide selection of assistive equipment solutions for home care available on the market today that can improve senior safety and help older adults to remain more comfortable at home. At Hillendale Home Care, we would like to provide you with some insider advice for purchasing and using some of the most widely used pieces of home care equipment.  

Commodes   

A commode can be used in place of both a raised toilet seat and a toilet safety framework, and also has the extra benefit of being mobile, so can be used separately beside the senior’s bed as well.

Tips for purchasing:

  • Try to find one that comes with non-removable armrests and rubber tips on the legs in place of wheels, and examine for sturdiness.
  • Pick a commode that includes both a pail (including a lid) and a sleeve (for use over the toilet).

Rollators

A rollator is a four-wheeled walker that comes with brakes, a seat, and a basket. Rollators work very well both within the house and outdoors, provide a seat when the older person needs to take a break, and the basket allows users to carry things with them, keeping their hands free to maneuver the rollator.

Tips for purchasing:

  • Larger wheels are suggested, as they roll more efficiently on uneven ground and overall are sturdier.
  • Pick a compact, folding model so that it can fit in the trunk of a car.
  • Check the brakes before purchasing to make sure that they are not rigid or challenging to engage.
  • Select a rollator with a seat cushion for additional comfort.
  • Models that permit easy access to the basket while in the normal walking position are best. 

Shower bench vs. shower board

A shower bench is beneficial for older adults who feel unsafe when raising their legs over the side of the bathtub and substantially reduces the possibility of falling when getting in and out of the bathtub. 

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

Tips for purchasing: 

  • Pick a shower bench that includes a handle and backrest that can be adjusted to fit different sizes and types of tubs. 
  • Make sure to also invest in a good quality hand-held sprayer that connects to the faucet and is easy to use. 

For more ideas and insight on in-home assistive devices and products, or for home care services to help your loved one enjoy a better quality of life and boost senior safety at home, contact Hillendale Home Care, the experts in senior home care in Walnut Creek, CA online or by calling 925-933-8181. For a full list of all of the communities where we provide care, please visit our Service Area page.