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Selecting a Walker For an Older Friend or Relative - Assistive Devices

Posted by Steve Jones

Thu, Sep 24, 2015


Every week we take a look at a specific assistive device and all the options available.  This week we're talking about walkers.  To explore our other posts about assitive devices, see the links below:

For those who have trouble keeping stable while walking, a walker is often the solution.  Though walkers may seem very basic (a simple metal frame that someone can lean on), there are specific optional features that can make walking much more enjoyable.  We're going to take a look at all the different options to help you make an informed decision when you purchase a walker.

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What's a raised toilet seat and how does it help? - Assistive devices

Posted by Steve Jones

Wed, Sep 16, 2015


Every week we take a look at a specific assistive device and all the options available.  This week we're taking a look at elevated/raised toilet seats.  To explore our other posts about assitive devices, see the links below:

Toilet paper image from Brandon Blinkenberg at Wikipedia

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Shower Safety and Support Seating - Assistive Devices

Posted by Steve Jones

Wed, Sep 9, 2015


This is the second installment of our weekly segment on assistive devices.  Every week we will go into detail about a specific assistive device and all that you need to know before purchasing one.  Read last week's assistive device post about wheelchairs here.

Slipping and falling in the shower can be a big fear at any age, but the last thing anyone wants to hear is that an older loved one has hurt themselves in the shower.  If a parent is moving into your home, there are some steps that you can take to make your bathroom a safer place.  Shower seating is a great option to help an older individual have a safe and enjoyable shower experience without the fear of slipping and falling.  
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Which wheelchair should you buy? - Assistive Devices

Posted by Steve Jones

Wed, Sep 2, 2015

This is the first installment of our weekly segment on assistive devices.  Every week, we will go into detail about a specific assistive device and all that you need to know before purchasing one.

If you’ve never bought a wheelchair for a loved one before, it can be a very overwhelming task.  If a relative is in a situation and they need a wheelchair, what kind do they need?  Where can you buy it?  What should you ask the doctor?  How much will it cost?  How can you pay for it?

These are some common questions that you may be asking yourself if an elderly relative is suddenly in need of a wheelchair.  There are two major factors that you should think about before buying a wheelchair, the comfort and the type of use.

 What type of wheelchair should you get for a parent or elderly relative?


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