The trend now among Senior Citizens is the desire to spend their Golden Years in their own homes among loved ones, their Grandchildren. Accompanying this are remodeling of their homes – installation of new fixtures like the assistive elderly care equipment and supplies – that will make life enjoyable for them and the work of their caregivers a lot easier.
In many advanced countries like the United States, finding care equipment and supplies is easy. And so is purchasing them. But in less advanced Countries, the situation may be different particularly when time is of the essence.
What are these elderly home care equipment and supplies and where are they available and how are they procured?
Every day Needs
- Canes, Walkers, etc.
- Lift chairs
- Bed railings
- Electric can openers.
- Special Dining set for the Elderly.
- Low vision aids like magnifying glass; audio products like the talking clocks, talking monitoring devices and talking wrist watches.
- Grab stick.
- Easy-grip Beverage Containers and Silverware.
- Shoe Horn and Elastic Shoelaces.
- Wearable electronic Personal Alert System.
- Canes and Walkers
- Manual or Electric Wheel Chairs
- Hover Lifts
- Hand-held Shower Heads
- Grab Bars
- Shower Benches
- Tub and Floor Mats
- Raised Toilet Seats
- Walk-in Bath Tubs
Health care Supplies
- Glucose Monitor
- Blood Pressure Monitor
- Stationary or Portable Oxygen Tanks
- Hospital-Grade beds
- Continence Supplies, including plastic pants, disposable/washable briefs, wheel chair cushions
- Catheter Supplies
Exercise Machines and Supplies for Seniors
- Stationary Floor Pedals or cycles
- Light Weights for Arms and Legs
- Hand-held Exercise Balls
- Rubberized Exercise Bands
- Sitting Bubbles
In the UnitedStates (and many other advanced economies), this equipment and Supplies are available for purchase in local retail stores like the Walmart, Sam’s Club; CVS Drug stores or online at Amazon.com; Lab, Medical Testing Supplies. All these and more are in the Data base of thebabyboomerhub.com and a quick call or email will make available to you all the information.
Also, in the United States, there are hosts of manufacturers where deep discounts are also possible. Names of these Companies will be made available on asking.
And in Good Will stores and the Salvation Army, a good deal on used equipment at excellent conditions are available and may be purchased at excellent discounts.
There are many Organizations including Church Groups that do provide the equipment or lend them out free of charge.
In the United States, a Goverment Program called the Medicare, is responsible for purchasing these Health Aids for those in the Program. But non-members will have to foot the bills if they are able. The same or similar methods operate in many other Countries.
What the Health Care Program needs is a prescription from a Doctor or qualified Health Care provider who diagnoses the problem and recommends suitable equipment or device for the patient.
The few problems with this program are: 1) not every person can qualify for the benefits 2) In some situations, the co-payments may be too high for the patient to pay, and 3) there might be waiting periods, during which disaster could occur. In any of these situations those who can afford it can go on their own to source and purchase the equipment. There are many of these programs making it impossible for a patient not to get the needed equipment or supplies.
In developing Countries, it is more difficult to source, acquire, operate, and maintain some equipment. Even when the machines or devices are available, maintenance and operation difficulties limit the use.
This Content looks at care equipment and supplies used in home care facilities, leaving out heavy, more complicated and sensitive equipment requiring trained personnel to use and maintain. These are generally found in hospitals and high-end doctors’ offices. Thebabyboomerhub.com has all the sources in its data base.
Most home equipment are easy to use, requiring little or no couching from a trained personnel. More healthy senior citizens, those with no disabilities or burdened with crippling diseases, are up and running with the equipment in no time.
It has already been stated that this equipment and supplies are more difficult to obtain in rural areas and third world Countries. This is where Babyboomerhub.com comes in to recommend sources.
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