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For many elderly people, the thought of moving out of their beloved house and into an aged care facility or retirement home is repellent.

Not only do elderly people want to remain in homes in which they may have lived for decades and which are full of memories, they also want to retain a sense of independence. Yet it’s painful for family members to see elderly loved ones shrugging off the idea of an aged care facility and staunchly insisting they can manage fine, when it’s plainly obvious they are struggling to manage tasks within the home.

One solution likely agreeable to both the elderly person and their concerned relatives is to invest in products designed to assist those with reduced mobility with daily living. These range from small kitchen aids such as a jar opener or adapted knife, to state of the art mechanical mechanisms, such as a stairlift. With the help of these daily living aids, elderly people can manage much better whilst they continue to live in their own homes.

Here are five top reduced mobility products you may wish to consider:

1. Stairlifts

These are custom made to fit your stairs. They feature a comfortable and easily accessible seat attached to a rail running up the stairway. When operated, the seat glides gently up or down the stairs as required. Most stairlifts are designed to leave room so that people can still walk around them.

2. Grab rails and safety bars

Grab rails are available in a wide range of materials and colours to suit an individual’s décor, taste and needs. For instance, a bright red rail next to the loo can be a good option for those with limited vision, as it stands out easily. Grab rails and safety bars can easily be fixed in areas where the elderly person requires a little extra support. They can be used to help an elderly person in and out of bed, in and out of the shower or bath, or up and down from the toilet. They may also be useful on the outside of the house.

3. Kettle tipper and teapot

These allow for safer and easier pouring of boiling water for that essential cup of tea or coffee. Kettle tippers are designed to hold a kettle or teapot securely in place, taking some of the weight off so that for someone with a weakened grip, it is far easier to manage and pour. Many have pivoting cradles. Another option is a mini kettle which is much lighter to use than a regular-sized one.

4. Raised toilet seats

A vast array of different types of quality, raised toilet seats are available today. These are designed to make sitting down and rising from the loo easier and more comfortable for an elderly person. Some come with moulded arm rests for added comfortability while many are adjustable in height. They are manufactured in a range of colours and styles to suit every bathroom.

5. Reachers and grabbers

A simple idea, but so incredibly useful for an older person with reduced mobility. Reachers and grabbers allow a person to pick objects up off of the floor for instance, without have to strain or bend. These are available in varying lengths and styles and are an effective way of preventing falls, strains and other nasty injuries.

Do you have any other tips to add? Please share in the comments below.

  • this is a great article and it is useful. i hope that these little tips can be really handy for others too. I

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  • Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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  • Anything that will allow independence for longer is a good thing

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  • think that if possible older people should be allowed and able to stay in their home enviroment if possible. The available aids help this to be possibility with meeels on wheels and all other services available. should be a booklet for elders and families to read avaiable. If it makes the person happy comfortable and safe brilliant. Also cheaper than being in a private facility. All infavoursayI

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  • I think most of these things are common sense and depends on the needs of the aging person. I would think a shower chair is often very practical too. Also placement of an alarming system and removal of anything you can trip on (carpet, thresholds, objects) and decorate the house in a practical and safest way possible.

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  • We still have some of these things in my house even after my grandmother passed away. very useful indeed.

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  • These aids were a great assistance to me when I had my hip replaced – and although I don’t need them at the moment, I’m sure they will come in handy again with my aging hubby.

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  • Before spending money buying all these useful aids, which way or may not be useful for your loved one, it is better to get an Occipational Therapist to advise you/your parent/ grand parent on the best aid to solve a problem for them or advise on the safest way to complete a task and on grab rail and handrail positions for each individual person. I have seen some well-meaning family members do completely the wrong thing to \’help\’ a person.

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  • Panic buttons or alarms are great. I believe the red cross offer one that has two units. One the person wears around the neck like a necklace or clip onto pants. Can dial preprogrammed numbers for relatives, friends and 000. A shower chair wpuld be an essential to prevent falls and slips as well as grip rails and a non slip mat in bathroom, laundry, any tiled area.

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  • I think a panic button should be here too. Often the elderly are anxious about what they will do if they fall over and can’t get up.

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  • Satin sheets are great for the elderly that find it difficult to turn in bed. They can be a God send for Parkinson patients and are also wonderful if you suffer from arthritis.

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  • One chair for the shower is cheap and can help so much an elderly person. A must is a hand-held shower in my idea.
    Handrails in the bathroom are really important.

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  • A shower chair is also very useful, as is a walker, and ramps.

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  • These are all pretty inexpensive too – even a stairlift will generally cost under $10,000 – cheaper in the long run than. Move.

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  • The family can help with bringing meals over and doing household chores as well as shopping.

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