What to Consider When Purchasing Home Care Assistive Devices

An older woman smiles while using a walker, one of many helpful home care assistive devices, to walk with her caregiver.
We can help you make the best decisions when purchasing home care assistive devices.

Home care assistive devices can make a world of difference as older adults age at home. There’s a broad selection of assistive equipment solutions for home care available today that can enhance safety and help older adults remain much more comfortable at home. At Nightingale Homecare, we are pleased to share some insider tips for shopping for and making use of some of the most widely used types of home care equipment.

Commodes

In place of a raised toilet seat and a toilet safety framework, a commode can be a helpful alternative that has the further benefit of being mobile, so it can be used separately beside the person’s bed as well.

Tips for buying:

  • Choose a commode that comes with both a pail (including a lid) and a sleeve (for use over the toilet).
  • Try to choose one that has non-removable armrests and rubber tips on the legs as opposed to wheels, and test for sturdiness.

Shower Board vs. Shower Bench

Shower benches can be a great help for individuals who feel hesitant to lift their legs to get into the tub or shower and substantially lessens the possibility of falling when getting in and out of the tub.

The primary benefits of shower benches over shower boards are that they include 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.

Guidelines for purchase:

  • Be sure to also invest in a good quality hand-held sprayer that connects to the faucet and is easy to use.
  • Choose a shower bench that comes with a handle and backrest that can be adjusted to accommodate different sizes and types of tubs.

Rollators

A rollator, commonly known as a walker, has brakes, a basket, and a seat. Rollators work very well both inside the house and outside, supply seating when the older adult needs to take a break, and the basket allows users to carry things with them, keeping their hands free to guide the rollator.

Tips for buying:

  • Choose a model that can easily fit in your car.
  • Bigger wheels are recommended, as they roll easier on uneven ground and are overall sturdier.
  • Select a rollator with a seat cushion for extra comfort.
  • Test the brakes prior to buying to make sure that they are not stiff or complicated to use.
  • Models that permit easy access to the basket while in the normal walking position are ideal.

For more suggestions and insight on home care assistive devices, or for home care services to help a loved one enjoy a better quality of life and boost safety in the home, contact Nightingale Homecare online or call us at (602) 504-1555. Learn more about how we can help in Phoenix, Paradise Valley, Scottsdale, Peoria, Sun City, and the surrounding metro Phoenix area today!