Home care provides several excellent benefits for seniors, including aging with dignity and enjoying the comfort of a familiar home. But still, home care can present its challenges as well. One of the biggest obstacles is ensuring that the home is well-suited to provide safety to the senior, and that often means making some updates with medical equipment.
Whether a senior needs assistance with mobility or just performing daily tasks, there are various pieces of equipment that can help them do exactly that. So, how do you know what type of medical equipment your senior needs? And where can you purchase it? We’re addressing these questions below.
Medical Equipment Examples
Increasing accessibility and making daily tasks and functions easier for your senior is as simple as placing specific medical equipment around the home! A great example is in the bathroom. Seniors can utilize grab bars above the toilet and in the shower. Installing grab bars will help your senior raise, lower, and stabilize themselves when using these items. A portable toilet is also a great choice for seniors who need to access to a bathroom in a more convenient location for them. For seniors who struggle with mobility issues, other types of medical equipment, like canes and walkers, are good to keep nearby at all times. Canes and walkers assist your senior in moving around the home in a safer manner.
Where to Find Medical Equipment
Go Through Insurance
First, check your senior’s insurance. Companies like Medicare will often cover the cost of new medical equipment, or at least a part of the cost. Typically, a doctor’s prescription is also required by insurance companies for any recommended equipment. Unfortunately, insurance won’t always cover medical equipment, so it is good to know all of your options.
Buy Used Equipment
If you do have to pay out-of-pocket for your senior’s medical equipment, we suggest not purchasing brand new equipment. Instead, check your local and online independent living centers for listings for used equipment. It’s also worth it to look through second-hand stores in your community and browse through Facebook Marketplace.
For more advice and guidance on where to get medical equipment for your senior loved one in home care, please call our experts at Home Care Assistance. We are here to help.