Aging with dignity, being surrounded by loved ones, enjoying the comfort of a familiar home… These are all benefits that home care offers to seniors. And yet, there is one major challenge that home care often presents. Safety and accessibility are concerns in homes that are not updated with medical equipment a senior needs. As we age, our mobility can be hindered and performing daily tasks is not as easy as it once was. Seniors need a little extra help throughout their home, and that can be done with various medical equipment. The first thing to do is determine what type of medical equipment is needed and where it can be found.
Medical Equipment Examples
Medical equipment should be used throughout the home from room to room in order to make the most out of accessibility. Equipment will also help make your senior’s day to day tasks and functions easier! A great example can be found in the bathroom, where your senior will spend significant time. Install grab bars above the toilet and in the shower for your senior to raise, lower, and stabilize themselves. You can also consider a portable toilet in another convenient location if your senior needs easier access. Some other types of medical equipment include those made to assist with mobility. Canes and walkers are meant to keep on-hand or within reach of your senior at all times. They make getting up and moving around the home much simpler!
Where to Find Medical Equipment
Go Through Insurance
If you are looking to purchase new medical equipment, the most efficient way to do so is through your senior’s insurance. Companies like Medicare will often cover all or some of the cost of equipment recommendations that are accompanied by a doctor’s prescription. Still, it is good to be prepared and know your options if your insurance company will not cover the equipment costs.
Buy Used Equipment
Rather than buying new equipment, which can be very expensive, consider purchasing used equipment if you have to pay out-of-pocket. Browse through listings online or from local independent living centers and check various community sources. Facebook Marketplace and local second-hand stores are very helpful in these situations.
If you would like further guidance on how to find medical equipment for your senior loved one in home care, schedule your consultation today. Call our experts here at Home Care Assistance, we are here to help!