Five Mobility Aids To Consider For Your Disabled Parent

Five Mobility Aids To Consider For Your Disabled Parent
It's never easy to see a parent's abilities declining. Whether a stroke, arthritis, or other health condition is impacting your parent's mobility, your goal needs to be making sure they are safe at home. One of the things they'll need are mobility aides designed to help them with activities of daily living. Here are five devices to consider.

Bed Rails

Getting up and out of bed is challenging when mobility is impaired. Look at a bed rail that securely attaches to the bed. Not only with a bed rail keep your parent from falling out of bed in the middle of the night, but it will also be a supportive rail when getting out of bed.

Couch Canes

Getting off a couch can be hard when you're disabled. A firmer cushion will help, but a couch cane is essential. This device slides under the end of the sofa and is supported by the sofa's weight. When it is time to stand up and walk to another room, the handle on the cane is there to hold onto.

Lift Recliner

When mobility is really challenging a lift recliner may be a better idea. Instead of standing up, the motorized chair tilts and rises until you're in a standing position. It does all the work.

Lift recliners come in a variety of sizes, styles, and colors. If you don't want new furnishings, there are also sofa and chair lifts that you place on your seat and sit on. It works the same but is compact and can be moved from one area to the next with ease.

Shower Chair or Bath Bench

Standing on a slippery shower or bath floor is hazardous. It's worsened when you have a disability and can't stand and remain balanced. A shower chair or bath bench is one of the best furnishings to own. It's waterproof and gives you a seat in the shower or tub. You sit under the water and wash your body or shave from a seated position.

Look for shower chairs and benches that have back support and arms to help you stand up and transfer out of the bath or shower.

Sofa or Bed Table

A table that slides under the edge of the bed or sofa and offers a supportive table is also handy for snack time and hobbies. Instead of having to hold a plate or supplies on unsteady legs, there's a table nearby. Look for models that have a tilting surface to make it easy to switch from hobby to meal and back.

Make sure your parent has support throughout the day. You might have free time to provide care, but work schedules and family life can conflict. If that's the case, look into the benefits of elderly care professionals.

With a caregiver available to providing companionship, transportation, and help with light housework, your mom or dad will be happier. Contact us today to get started.

If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Draper, UT, contact the caring staff at Interim Healthcare. Call today 801-401-3515.

Author: Michael and Marlena Hawkins, Owners, Interim HealthCare, Salt Lake City, UT 

Interim HealthCare of Salt Lake City has been in business since February 2014, providing in-home personal care and support services that help our elderly and/or disabled neighbors live enriched, safe and independent lives. Our goal is to provide customized care and support services that make it possible for our clients to remain in the comfort of their own homes rather than relocate to an assisted living facility. Interim HealthCare is family owned by Michael and Marlana Hawkins, and is a Veteran Owned Small Business.

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