Home Care Checklist: Essential Products for a Safe, Comfortable Senior Living Space

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Looking for the right home care essentials for seniors? You’re not alone.

As more seniors desire to remain in their homes for as long as possible, we continue to see a trend toward “aging in place” here in Canada. Despite the benefits, it becomes more challenging to create a safe and comfortable living environment – especially as their care needs increase. (A helpful resource to begin is the Canadian government’s Safe Living Guide for senior home care.)

Having the right equipment and products at home can greatly enhance safety, comfort, and well-being for seniors. To help caregivers know what is needed and what to look for, are some essential home care products and equipment:

Mobility Aids

Depending on the senior’s needs, mobility aids such as canes, walkers, or rollators can help improve stability and prevent falls. These aids provide support and assistance when moving around the house or outdoors.

Items to try:

Airgo Comfort-Plus Folding Cane

Hugo Ergonomic Folding Cane

Nitro Aluminum Rollator

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Mattresses

In a previous blog post we provided tips on how to choose a hospital bed for seniors at home, including the importance of using a medical mattress (rather than a conventional household bed mattress).

Mattresses come in a variety of materials and styles, with features that support different health conditions and physical abilities.

Items to try:

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Bedside Safety Aids

Bed rails or grab bars placed next to the bed can provide support when getting in and out of bed, reducing the risk of falls. Bedside commodes or portable urinals can be helpful for seniors with limited mobility during the night.

Items to try:

Drive Medical PrimeMat Bedside Fall Mat

Incontinence & Personal Hygiene Aids

Disposable items, such as bathing gloves, underpads, and briefs, can assist seniors in maintaining their personal hygiene.

Items to try:

TENA ProSkin Ultra Briefs XL Beige – Pack of 15 Briefs

TENA Ultra Underpad, Heavy Absorbency – Pack of 25 Underpads

TENA Ultra Washcloth, Scented – 48 Per Pack

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Showering & Bathing

Aids that make bathing easier and safer are a necessity. Installing grab bars in the bathroom, both near the toilet and in the shower or bathtub, can help seniors maintain balance and prevent accidents.

Other bathroom essentials include raised toilet seats, shower chairs or benches, and non-slip mats or adhesive strips for the bathtub or shower floor. The products you need will depend on the senior’s specific health and care needs, but a wide range of solutions are available.

Items to try:

Drive Premium Bath Bench with Back and Arms

Suction Cup Grab Bar

AquaSense Multi-Adjust Bath Safety Rail

Drive Medical Clamp-On Tub Rail

Drive Medical Plastic Tub Rail

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Conclusion

It’s important to note that the specific needs of each senior may vary, so it’s recommended to consult with healthcare professionals or occupational therapists who can provide personalized recommendations based on the individual’s circumstances.

If you need more help or have a specific question about home care equipment, contact our experienced customer service team today. SFI Medical is proudly Canadian owned and operated.

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