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Ten Items to Help With Your Elder Home Care

by Safe Home Team 1. June 2009 13:27

When you’re caring for an again parent or spouse, you have many different things to worry about.  Medications are distributed at different times, you are concerned with their mobility, and, most of all, you want your family member to feel comfortable in his or her home. We have compiled a list of ten things that will help keep your home care organized, simple, and safe for everyone.

Safety

 

1. Anti-Slip Aides

When mobility is an issue, it makes a fall all the more dangerous. The first thing to do is to take care of slipping hazards. Remove loose area rugs or put anti-slip pads under them.  Also, treat bathtubs and hard surface floors with an anti-slip solution such as Grip-On. Once treated, the floor looks and feels perfectly normal, just safer! However, the best thing you can do is to add grab bars by toilets and in the shower. It will help to keep your elderly resident safe and independently mobile.

2. First Aid Kit

Nurse and Elderly WomanEven with proper prevention tactics, falls, scrapes, and burns can occur to anyone in the house. Make sure your first aid kit is always properly stocked with bandages, gauze pads, medical tape, antiseptic, splints, tourniquets, pain killers, heat packs and cold packs. With an elderly patient in the house, you may want to add an Abduction Pillow. If they suffer a fall, it will be particularly important to make sure that they don’t move. The Abduction Pillow will help prevent further injury.

3. Patient Alarm

When caring for someone at home, it is impossible to be with them every second. However, in the event of an emergency, every second still counts. It is wise to have a patient alarm available. You can get them in a pull cord design, where the cord is clipped to the patient’s clothing, and if the cord is pulled it sounds the alarm. If you are caring for someone who is not mobile or suffers from dementia, you may want to get a pad alarm, which you can place on a chair or bed. If a person stands up or falls, then the alarm will sound.

Health

 

4. Blood Pressure Monitor

When caring for the elderly, closely monitoring their health is very important. A particularly important investment is in a blood pressure monitor. Rising or falling blood pressure can be an early symptom of a variety of problems, so checking it regularly will stay on top of changes in the body. There are plenty of great at-home blood pressure monitors, such as the Life Source Digital Blood Pressure Monitor, which takes accurate, easy-to-read measurements, and stores up to 7 of your last readings so you can track progress.

5. Pill Organizer

Most elder care patients have several different medications that need to be taken at specific times. Keeping track of it can be difficult. Purchasing an organizer can save a huge headache, as dosages can be allotted in advance. A particularly handy pill organizer is one that comes with an alarm, such as the MedReady Basic Alarm Pill Dispenser. It comes with 28 compartments. It is programmable to dispense the dosage only when it is time to take the medication, and is locked so other dosages are accessible. This can be helpful in dementia and Alzheimer’s patients who may take medications when they shouldn’t.

6. Pill Crusher

Pills can be difficult, if not impossible, to swallow for some elderly patients. It is definitely worth investing in a good pill crusher. If he or she takes multiple medications, thoroughly clean the crusher between uses as some medications react poorly together. To be extra safe, buy a few different pill crushers. A great one for multiple-pill takers is the Metal Pill Crusher. It is simple to use, even for arthritic hands, and you can crush the medication into disposable cups to prevent mixing medications.

Comfort

 

7. Wedge Cushion for Seats

One of the most important parts of being home-cared is being comfortable. However, reduced mobility can make this difficult. Whether due to surgeries, or simply due to age, getting up and down from a seated position can be difficult.  The quickest way to fix that issue is with some wedge cushions.  The added firmness helps alleviate back pain, and the wedge design makes it easier to get up and down. Many come with the coccyx wedge cut out to really take the strain off your tailbone.  The Memory Foam Coccyx Wedge Cushion is a great example, and even comes with a handy carrying strap for easy transport.

8. Wheelchair Covers

Most wheelchairs are designed for function, not softness, and the hard seat of the chair can exhaust already tired backs and behinds. Fortunately, there are many wheelchair covers designed to help alleviate the pressure. Lambswool wheelchair covers are durable, soft, and absorb perspiration. Plus, lambswool acts as a natural disinfectant, so it won’t build bacteria between washings. For extra comfort, add some lambswool armrest covers.

9. Mattress Pads

If you are caring for someone who is primarily bed-ridden, purchasing a mattress pad is essential. Egg crate mattress pads are particularly effective in relieving and preventing sores acquired from long hours in bed. It also provides added firmness and softness for sore joints and muscles. For those with incontinence, you may want to pair it with a Protect-a-Bed Waterproof Allergy Mattress Cover.  It’s made with 100% cotton and protects the mattress against bacteria and dust mites. It’s lightweight and fast drying, as opposed to the rubber mattress pads.

10. Hearing Amplifiers

As people age, they lose the ability to hear at certain decibels, which can be frustrating, especially on the phone. There are hearing amplifying phones you can buy such as the Hearing Easy Amplified Phone or the Clear Sounds Expandable Handset, which will improve voice quality for people with mild to moderate hearing loss. For those that could use an overall hearing boost look into the SuperEar Powerful Ear Amplifier, which has a directional microphone to let the user aim at the sound he or she wants louder.

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