Helpful Equipment When You're Caring For Somebody At Home
Becoming a carer is challenging, to say the least. Not only is the work often physically demanding, but the person you're caring for can have additional, behavioral needs. That's why it's so important to prepare your home with equipment that you might need to make your job a little easier.
One of the things that many people that require care find difficult is operating the taps in the kitchen. It often involves a precise twisting motion that requires both fine dexterity and strength. And many patients are not capable of either. Fitting single lever taps in your kitchen is one possible option. Single lever taps are much easier to operate than simple taps, and can adjust both temperature and flow rate.
You might also want to consider installing a thermostat which controls the temperature of water than can come out of the tap. Thermostats are important if you are caring for a person with a degree of personal independence, but is not always aware that hot water can scald.
If the individual you are caring for is frail, you might also consider swapping out your heavy pots and pans for lighter alternatives. And installing non-slip mats on the work surfaces can assist those that lack fine motor control.
Firstly, it's a good idea to keep a cupboard reserved for any particular medical needs of the patient. For instance, if the patient has recently had a tracheotomy, it's a good idea to keep a few spare parts, like the Shiley 6 inner cannula, just in case it needs to be removed or replaced.
Then there are more general things that can make day-to-day living a lot easier. If the person struggles to bend over to reach things, you could invest in a simple grabber.
Many elderly people and those that are frail struggle to get up from a sitting position. Having a chair with high-sided arms makes it easier to push down with the arms to get into the standing position.
Getting back into the house can also sometimes be difficult, so installing handles outside the front door can help. If your home has steps, check to see if it is possible to install a half step to make the job of getting in and out easier.
For those people that lack mobility, or find it hard to get to the front door, having a doorbell system can be a real benefit. A system that enables the person you care for to speak with the person at the door from where they are sitting and let them in remotely can be beneficial.
Finally, the bathroom needs to be repurposed to meet a new set of requirements. A shower bench, for instance, will allow the person you are caring for to sit down while they are washed.
You might also consider installing a bath mat to prevent slipping, and grab rails for extra support moving into and out of the tub or shower.
Finally, raised toilet seats can make it far easier for a frail person to stand up. And, again, grab rails next to the toilet can facilitate this process.