Safety Equipment Recommendations

There is a variety of equipment that can improve safety in the home for seniors.

Many people I have worked with in the past have not had any idea of all the many resources that are available to help improve safety. The following is a list of common equipment that patients I have worked with in the past have found extremely helpful. This equipment is typically not covered by insurance, but can help someone with daily activities, and improve safety. Always check with your personal clinician if you have any questions.

General guidelines to consider when purchasing equipment for the home to improve safety.

-Read the details regarding height, weight, and size. A lot of equipment is adjustable, but within certain parameters.

-Consider where you would use the equipment, and the space availability. Will it fit through the doorway or does a door need space to to open or close near it.

-Make sure it will work with your existing equipment, furniture, etc.

-Follow all instructions for safe and secure set up.

-There are many different kinds of equipment for your home. The list below is a sample of typical equipment I see used. Taking the time to get and use the right equipment can make a huge difference in safety and independence!

-If in doubt, it is always best to have a clinician help you figure out what is appropriate for your exact needs and situation, especially if you or your loved one is weak or has a history of falls. Please see my medical disclaimer- this is for educational purposes, and your personal clinician should recommend what is appropriate for you or your loved one.

Examples of helpful equipment to improve senior safety:

Clinicians- please use this information for patient education, and families/seniors- please use this as a guide, or to review with your personal health caregiver.

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Shower Seat (with backrest and armrests for balance and support to get up)

Shower Seat (with back rest but without arm rests, less space but less support)

Shower stool (no back rest or arms to push from)

Bed rail to assist getting in and out of bed:

Elastic Laces (cheaper than buying a new pair of velcro shoes)

Car Transfer Handle assist

Reachers

Step stool with handle for getting in and out of a tall bed:

Tennis balls for a smoother pace and to protect a wood floor when using a walker:

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A Basket for a Walker to place snacks, drinks, remotes, phones and keep hands free.

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Tips for a cane: Don’t forget to check them occasionally, especially if someone loans you their equipment; and order with caution, as they do come in a few different sizes.

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Elevated toilet seat with arms for support: make sure you purchase appropriate for body weight and width of toileting area. You need to be able to stand and turn to sit for this one.

 


 

Elevated toilet seat for a smaller space: 

(no arm rests means less support to push up)

 

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There are several other elevated toilet seat options. Make sure you check the weight restrictions, bathroom set up, and consider if the seat can be bolted for greater safety. You may benefit from having a clinician guide this choice.

 

A Physical or Occupational Therapist can provide excellent information and feedback for your home equipment, especially bath benches.

When it comes to bath benches, there are many variables to consider for best access and safety.  Rail placements, shower doors, mobility devices, (walker, cane, wheelchair, etc) strength, and balance may all have a huge impact on safety. There are so many considerations and options, that it is really important to get personal, professional input to ensure your best device and set up. 🙂

 

I would love to hear what you think! Do you have any other equipment recommendations or tips for caregivers or seniors? Subscribe below to the blog for a FREEBIE starter packet of printable handouts for healthy living and patient education!

You may also like:

Tips for Preventing Falls

10 Tips to be an Organized Caregiver

Gardening Safety Tips for Seniors

If you work with seniors, or just need wellness or health related handouts- check this out! When you are prepared with good educational resources you improve your ability to help patients make positive changes. Better outcomes will lead to increased positivity with your work. Check out my patient and senior centered educational handouts for maximal efficiency and effectiveness!

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A Physical or Occupational Therapist can provide excellent information and feedback for your home equipment, especially bath benches.

When it comes to bath benches, there are many variables to consider for best access and safety.  Rail placements, shower doors, mobility devices, (walker, cane, wheelchair, etc) strength, and balance may all have a huge impact on safety. There are so many considerations and options, that it is really important to get personal, professional input to ensure your best device and set up. 

I would love to hear what you think! Do you have any other equipment recommendations or tips for caregivers or seniors? Subscribe below to the blog for a FREEBIE starter packet of printable handouts for healthy living and patient education!

You may also like:

Tips for Preventing Falls

10 Tips to be an Organized Caregiver

Gardening Safety Tips for Seniors

If you work with seniors, or just need wellness or health related handouts- check this out! When you are prepared with good educational resources you improve your ability to help patients make positive changes. Better outcomes will lead to increased positivity with your work. Check out my patient and senior centered educational handouts for maximal efficiency and effectiveness!

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