Elderly Home Care Equipment and Supplies – Sources and Procurement

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Introduction

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 is the remodeling of their homes, including the installation of new fixtures like assistive elderly care equipment. And also providing supplies. These, they claim, 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 developed countries, the situation may be different, mainly 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.
  •  Exclusive Dining set for the Elderly.
  •  Low vision aids like a magnifying glass, audio products like the talking clocks, talking monitoring devices, and talking wristwatches.
  •  Grab stick.
  •  Easy-grip Beverage Containers and Silverware.
  •  Shoe Horn and Elastic Shoelaces.
  •  Wearable electronic Personal Alert System.

Mobility Equipment

  •  Canes and Walkers
  •  Manual or Electric Wheel Chairs
  •  Hover Lifts

Bathroom Aids

  •  Hand-held Shower Heads
  •  Grab Bars
  •  Shower Benches
  •  Tub and Floor Mats
  •  Raised Toilet Seats
  •  Walk-in Bath Tubs

Health care Supplies

  •  Humidifier
  •  Nebulizer
  •  Glucose Monitor                                   Save $24 on MobileHelp Wired Home annual plan at MobileHelp.com
  •  Blood Pressure Monitor
  •  Stationary or Portable Oxygen Tanks
  •  Hospital-Grade beds
  •  Continence Supplies, including plastic pants, disposable/washable briefs, wheelchair cushions
  •  Catheter Supplies

Exercise Machines and Supplies for Seniors

  •  Stable Floor Pedals or cycles
  •  Light Weights for Arms and Legs
  •  Hand-held Exercise Balls
  •  Rubberized Exercise Bands
  •  Sitting Bubbles

Sourcing

In the UnitedStates (and many other advanced economies), the equipment and Supplies are available for purchase in local retail stores like Walmart, Sam’s Club; CVS Drug stores, or online at Amazon.com; Lab, Medical Testing Supplies. All these and more are in the Database 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 the Good Will stores and the Salvation Army, good deals on used equipment in excellent conditions are available and may be purchased at attractive discounts.

There are many groups, including Church Groups, that do provide the equipment or lend them out free of charge.

Procurement

  • In the United States, a Government Program called 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 following are the problems associated with this program

  • not every person can qualify for the benefits
  • In some situations, the co-payments may be too high for the patient to pay
  • there might be waiting periods, during which disaster could occur.  
  • Those who can afford it can go on their own to source and purchase the equipment. There are many of these programs that make 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.

Conclusion

This Blog 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 database.

Most home equipment is easy to use, requiring little or no couching from 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.

I have stated that equipment and supplies are more difficult to obtain in rural areas and third world countries. Remember, the Babyboomerhub.com is ready to recommend sources.

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