Home Health Supplies
Home Health Supplies
A variety of supplies are necessary for the proper care of the elderly in the home.
Such supplies may range from incontinence products to daily living aids, diabetic supplies, and durable medical equipment such as scooters or wheelchairs. Caregivers may also need to take care of personal care needs for their loved ones.
Understanding the basic types of home health supplies available at local medical supply or home health stores will help caregivers and family members take better care of their loved ones and have more options when caring for the disabled, the elderly or those requiring an occasional helping hand.
Studies have determined that most accidents to the elderly in home environments occur in the bathroom, followed closely by the kitchen. Bathroom safety is essential. Seniors experiencing reduced coordination, loss of balance, vision troubles or dementia may benefit from bathroom safety aides that include but are not limited to:
* Raised toilet seats
* Transfer benches
* Shower chairs or stools
* Bedside commodes
* Toilet safety frames
Bathtub mats and accessories such as handy bath tub or shower baskets for bath benches, or pouches that hold shampoos, soap and towels makes bathing easier not only on the senior, but on caregivers as well.
Daily living aids and other home health supplies may include sock or stocking aids or pullers, enema products to hearing aid batteries, and oral and personal care needs, including bendable food utensils.
Incontinence products, underpants, urinals, bed pans, gloves, waste baskets and room deodorizers are also several examples of daily living aids and supplies that makes the job of care giving easier and reduces embarrassment and strain on the senior.
External catheters, intermittent catheters, and leg bags are common to seniors in home health care environments, as are Foley catheters and fecal collection devices. Understanding your options with such products will help caregivers make wiser decisions in selecting products that most closely meet the needs of specific scenarios and individuals.
Some seniors with ostomies need to regularly replace flange skin barriers and patches. Ostomy accessories may include but are not limited to adhesives, adhesive removers, pouch clamps, curved ostomies scissors, drainage tubes and ostomy belts.
Seniors diagnosed with diabetes need a variety of home health supplies, from test strips to testing kits, all which may be purchased or ordered through home health or medical supply stores.
Seniors recovering from surgery or those with chronic conditions may require daily wound care. Supplies for wound care may include but are not limited to medicated wound dressings, gauze, bandages of various sizes, skin care ointments, and dressings.
Special pressure-relieving mattresses or overlays may also be required to help prevent pressures sores or decubitous ulcers in individuals who spend a majority of the day in bed. Various cushions are also available for wheelchairs, power scooters, or traditional furniture to help prevent pressure sores or wounds developing on inactive individuals.
Durable Medical Equipment
Durable medical equipment is categorized as any tool or devise that promotes physical mobility, as well as other medical equipment supply. Common types of durable medical equipment include walkers, canes, crutches, wheelchairs and scooters.
Wheelchairs can be standard, push type or power wheelchairs, and scooters may come in a variety of sizes and models that offer three or four wheel function.
Physical Therapy Equipment
Physical therapy equipment may range from walkers or crutches to grab bars, bed rails, and transfer benches. Grab bars for use in the bedroom, bathroom, or shower help provide added security and safety for seniors.
Physical therapy products such as Therabands, therapy balls, massage creams, wrist weights, and hot or cold therapy packs help maintain or and restore strength, range of motion and function.
Home Health Care Supplies
Whether you order home health care supplies online or visit your local medical supply store, home health supplies help to maintain the dignity of your loved one, as well as provide them with the tools, supplies and equipment needed for a safe and quality living environment.
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