Home care for seniors provides the benefit of being surrounded by familiarity and solace while aging with dignity in the comfort of their own – or a loved one’s – home. Still, this can present its own set of challenges to seniors throughout the aging process if the home is not well-suited to the senior’s current lifestyle.
It is not uncommon to need various types of medical equipment throughout the home or always within reach of the seniors, whether the equipment is to help with mobility, daily tasks, or for general safety. We’re here to help you determine what kind of equipment your senior needs and where you can find it.
Medical Equipment Examples
To improve the home’s accessibility and to simplify daily tasks and basic functions for your senior, you can set up several pieces of medical equipment around the house. In the bathroom, we suggest installing grab bars in both the shower and above the toilet to help your seniors, lower, raise, or stabilize themselves. You may also consider utilizing a portable toilet which can be placed in a location more convenient for your senior to access. Some examples of other types of medical equipment that your senior will likely have on-hand or always nearby are walkers and canes. Both of these items are used to help make mobility easier for your senior.
Where to Find Medical Equipment
Go Through Insurance
Check with insurance, first. Seniors who have an insurance like Medicare may often find that the insurance company will cover a majority of the cost or all of the cost for new medical equipment, as long as a doctor’s prescription can be provided. Insurance will not always cover home care equipment, so it’s important to know alternative options if you must pay out-of-pocket instead.
Buy Used Equipment
If it is up to you to cover the cost of medical equipment, we recommend buying used items instead of brand new. You can find used equipment listed with independent living centers and other retailers. But it is also helpful to check in with community resources, like local second-hand stores and even Facebook Marketplace or other thrift apps.
If you’re in need of more advice on where to get medical equipment for your senior loved one in home care, please call our experts at Home Care Assistance. We are ready to help!