Elderly care involves caring for the comfort, safety, and health of senior loved ones, while helping them remain as independent as possible. This can be challenging, and often thankless, but the right tools, resources, and aids can make life as a caregiver much easier, while also improving the care provided.
The following are some tools that can help improve the care and comfort you offer your senior loved ones:
Comfort aids: Cushioning us a great tool for improving senior comfort. Cushions can help protect sensitive skin from pressure sores. For the bedridden or immobile seniors, cushioning is key. You can also find guards for elbow and heels, which will improve comfort and reduce injury.
Monitoring: Although many seniors resist using a monitoring system, monitoring is one of the best ways to help seniors remain independent, which providing peace of mind to their loved ones. Over 13 million seniors fall each year. A monitoring system can provide help and support and keep seniors safe.
Housekeeping: Using professional grade spill kits, deodorizers, germicidal wipes and odor neutralizers can help keep a senior’s home safe and sanitary, even if control of bodily functions is compromised.
Daily living aids: For many seniors, requiring help with daily living such as bathing and dressing is humiliating. A few tools that can make these daily living tasks easier and allow seniors to remain independent, can allow them dignity while lightening the load on the caregiver. Some daily living aids include reachers, bed rails, shoe horns, and more.
Bathroom safety aids: The bathroom can be a dangerous place for seniors as slips and falls are common. The shower is one of the highest risk areas. Providing seniors with bathroom safety aids like grab bars, bathing stools, and non-slip floors can increase independence.
Beside assistance: Many seniors find themselves spending more time in bed than not. This might be because of health or mobility issues. Regardless of the reason, caregivers should insure the bed is both safe and comfortable for those in their care. Bedrails, bedside organizers, and bed pads can help improve comfort and safety.
Body support: Many seniors undergo surgeries and healthcare. While recovering, they may need body support from girdles, wraps, and the like. Support and restraint products can help protect them, while also providing comfort.
Mobility aids: Mobility aids like walkers and canes can provide greater independence, while keeping seniors safe. There are so many products available, and each situation is unique. Finding and using the right tools can help make senior care much easier.
The products mentioned above can be found in a variety of local outlets or online at such providers as HME Medical Shop (www.hmemedicalshop.com)
About R.O.S Therapy Systems: R.O.S. Therapy Systems began as a backyard project in 2010. Scott Silknitter was searching for tools to help his mother care for his father, Roger Owen Silknitter, during a 25-year fight with Parkinson’s disease and dementia. That project became a personal mission to help all family caregivers. From family caregiver training and activity books to mobile apps to activity systems, R.O.S. has grown to become a single-source provider of informational “how to’s” and a growing provider of adaptive tools for the millions of husbands, wives, children, and family members that become caregivers.
Common sense advice and instruction based on proven principles of communication, engagement, and daily living are the heart of everything R.O.S. offers for family caregivers. Improving quality of life for caregivers is our mission, and designing everything for a family caregiver struggling with a loved one is the starting point. Whether it is dementia, diabetes, Parkinson’s, ALS, stroke, visual impairment, developmental disabilities, or any other issue that forces someone to care for a loved one, R.O.S. and its Caregiving 101 program are here to help.