Simplest Assistive Device Did Wonders for My Elderly Aunt

by Janice
(Waynesboro, PA)

Assistive Device - Grab Bars and Shower Chairs for Elderly Parents

Assistive Device - Grab Bars and Shower Chairs for Elderly Parents

My aunt has severe rheumatoid arthritis and bending down and tying shoes was very difficult for her. Purchasing a sock puller and a long handled shoehorn did wonders for her ability to take advantage of slip on shoes.

Mom and Dad were worried about slipping in the tub or shower, we had grab bars installed at specific locations in the bathroom and in the shower or tub stall and it took the worry out of slipping or falling as well as provided assistance to them with showering and bathing. A shower chair is another adaptive device that can reduce the risk of falls and encouraged my elderly mother to keep up on hygiene.

Large button telephones, remote controls, and large digit glow-in-the-dark clocks are other tools that can make things a lot easier for a senior limited by vision difficulties, physical disabilities like arthritis, Parkinson's or multiple sclerosis, as well as for those with a lack of digital dexterity.

Even the simplest assistive device can do wonders for your loved one. Whether it's a simple pill organizer that you can buy at your local grocery store or pharmacy, or bed rails, a large button remote control, or grab bars for the bathroom, assistive devices can make life a lot easier for a loved one.

Tools and gadgets for the kitchen are more plentiful than ever before and can make opening jars, holding silverware, and even cooking a lot easier. I found that by simply browsing the local medical supply shop in town, I was able to find half a dozen tools and gadgets that I knew that my parents would appreciate.

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by: Aleena

It is delightful to read this post and I got many useful pointers through this post. Please keep posting such kinds of posts.

Thank you!

Assistive Device - Large Button Remote Control for TV
by: Anonymous

My dad is the literal couch potato and watches TV most of the day.

The regular remote control just didn't cut it for him, but I did find a large button remote control at the local medical supply store.

Thanks for the suggestion! He's one happy camper now!

Assistive Device - Grab Rail Next to Bed
by: Brenda

My mom didn't need a bed rail, but she did have difficulty getting into and out of bed without help.

I installed a grab rail right next to the head of the bed so now she has something to grab onto. She loves it because now she doesn't have to rely on someone else to help her.

Assistive Device - Soft Grip Utensils
by: Abigail

My grandfather has difficulty holding onto silverware because of his arthritis.

I purchased soft grip utensils that didn't require as much dexterity and coordination for him to use.

I also found a plate that had curved edges on it that made it easier to scoop up his food.

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