Your Guide to Buying Home Care Equipment for Seniors

A caregiver helps a senior woman with her walker as they discuss buying home care equipment that can help her stay safe at home.

Our expert guide to buying home care equipment for seniors can help you find the right devices for a loved one’s needs.

In the course of growing older, assistive home care equipment can make everyday life around the home easier and much safer. There’s a large selection of assistive equipment solutions for home care available today that can enhance safety and help older adults remain much more comfortable at home. At Partners In Care, we want to provide you with some insider recommendations for buying home care equipment that can benefit someone you love.

Commodes   

A commode can be used instead of both an elevated toilet seat and a toilet safety framework, and also has the added benefit of being movable, so can be used separately beside the person’s bed as well.

Tips for purchasing:

  • Try to choose one that includes non-removable armrests and rubber tips on the legs rather than wheels, and check for sturdiness.
  • Select a commode that includes both a pail (including a lid) and a sleeve (for use over the toilet).

Rollators

A rollator is a four-wheeled walker that comes with brakes, a seat, and a basket. Rollators work very well both within the house and outside, supply a seat when the older person needs to rest, and the basket makes it possible for users to carry things with them, keeping their hands free to guide the rollator.

Tips for buying:

  • Larger wheels are recommended, as they roll easier on uneven ground and are overall sturdier.
  • Pick a compact, folding design so that it can fit in the trunk of a car.
  • Check the brakes prior to buying to ensure that they are not stiff or difficult to use.
  • Select a rollator with a cushioned seat for extra comfort.
  • Models that provide easy access to the basket while in the normal walking position are best.

Shower bench vs. shower board

A shower bench is practical for older individuals who feel unsafe when lifting their legs over the side of the tub and dramatically lessens the possibility of falling when getting in and out of the bath.

The primary benefits of shower benches over shower boards are that they come with backrests and are height adjustable. Having a taller surface makes rising from a seated position easier, and backrests provide more support to those who tire more easily. Shower boards can also be complicated to fit correctly to a tub.

Tips for purchase:

  • Select a shower bench that comes with a handle and backrest that can be adjusted to fit different sizes and types of bathtubs.
  • Be sure to also invest in a high-quality hand-held sprayer that connects to the faucet and is convenient to use.

For more guidelines and insight on buying home care equipment for a senior loved one, or for home care services to help someone you love enjoy a better quality of life and boost safety in the home, contact Partners In Care online or call us at (530) 268-7423. We provide home care services in Sacramento, Chico, Roseville, and throughout the Greater Sacramento area.

Shaun Clinkinbeard