As patients get older, they can find daily activities more challenging. Making adaptations to your home can help maintain your parents independence for longer. But it can be difficult to know where to start. This article will outline the key pieces of equipment to have at home.
As people get older, their memory capacity may start to fade. Noticeboards can make it easy for people to leave messages or reminders. It is important that older adults are familiar with the time and date as this can help them orient themselves should they have a brief period of memory loss. Consider getting clocks with large faces so they are easier to read. Dosette boxes can also be used for patients who are on a number of different types of medication. Have a lookat our previous article for other ways to help your parents remember their medication.
Difficulties walking and moving
Many people may be familiar with the use of walking sticks, walking frames and wheelchairs to aid mobility. There are also ‘transfer aids’ such as a transfer turntable that consists of a base that rotates. The person stands on it and is therefore able to be turned around. Furthermore, mobile hoists can be used to help raise and lower people for example into bed. The fact that they are mobile enables them to be used throughout the house.
Washing and bathing
It may be that your parents have trouble getting into or out of the bathtub. In this instance, equipment such as benches or bath steps can help ease this situation. Hoists can be used which can lower and raise people into the bath tub. Alternatively, bath seats and bath boards allow the person can also be used.
The toilet can be made more accessible by using grab rails. Loss of continence can be an embarrassing problem for older adults. To manage this, you could use commodes, bedpansand waterproof mattresses and pillows. Also, pull-up incontinence trousers and pads can be used.
Eating and drinking
Coordination or swallowing problems can make eating times very difficult. Therefore, use cutlery with large handles that ease grip. Non-spill cups are also useful and usually have two handles and non-return straws (i.e. the liquid cannot travel back down so it is easier to drink).