Rub a Dub Dub, Devices for the Tub

More household accidents occur in the bathroom than in any other room in the house. Hard porcelain surfaces and soapy water make bathrooms slippery places where falling can be dangerous. Getting in and out of bathtubs is especially hazardous for older persons or persons with disabilities. Older persons may have balance problems, or weak jointsContinue…

HELPFUL PRODUCTS FOR OLDER PERSONS: Telephones and Accessories

Table of Contents: Introduction Telephone Devices for Hearing Impairments Telephone Devices for Speech Impairments Telephone Devices for Mobility Impairments Telephone Devices for Hand Impairments Telephone Devices for Vision Impairments Telephone Devices for Cognitive Impairments Special Telephone Services Further Information INTRODUCTION As people grow older, important daily activities, like dressing, bathing, and talking on the telephone,Continue…

Safety in the Bathroom: Products to Assist with Bathing Bath Seats

Table of Contents: Introduction Bathstool Bathchair Padded bathchair Height adjustable bathchair Horseshoe bathseat Horseshoe bathstool Horseshoe bathchair Hand-grip bathstool Hand-grip bathchair TUB board Portable showerseat Adjustable showerseat Foldable showerseat Shower wheelchair   INTRODUCTION More household accidents occur in the bathroom than in any other room. In a series of publications entitled Safety in the Bathroom:Continue…

Telephone Amplification Devices

Many individuals consider the telephone to be a necessary device in their day-to-day lives. From communicating with friends to getting help in an emergency, the telephone allows for unlimited communication with almost anyone else with a phone. Approximately 94% of American households have telephone service. In today’s world, being able to effectively use a telephoneContinue…

Devices for Persons with Hearing Impairments

Approximately 10% of all people suffer from some hearing loss. Individuals who have full use of their hearing might take for granted just how big a role sound plays in their lives. While the range of hearing loss can vary from mild to total loss, those who are faced with “less sound” know how importantContinue…

HELPFUL PRODUCTS FOR OLDER PERSONS: Wheelchairs and Scooters

Table of Contents: Introduction Selecting a Wheelchair The Parts of a Wheelchair Recline and Tilt Types of Wheelchairs Wheelchair Accessibility in Your Home Accessories Wheelchair Transport Further Information Introduction As we grow older, important daily activities, like walking, dressing, bathing, cooking, and eating, may become increasingly difficult to manage alone. Many of us depend onContinue…

Helpful Products for Older Persons – Canes & Walkers

Table of Contents: Introduction Canes Cane Handles Cane Shafts Cane Bases Cane Tips Cane Accessories Walkers Rigid Walkers Side and Folding Walkers Wheeled Walkers Walker Accessories Further Information Introduction As people grow older, important daily activities, like walking, dressing, bathing, and eating, may become increasingly difficult to manage alone. Many older persons depend on helpfulContinue…

Walkers

If you have weak knees or ankles, or balance problems that interfere with walking, you might consider getting a walker to help you move around. Walkers are more stable than canes because a walker can support up to half of your body weight, whereas a cane supports only 25%. Prices range from $30 for aContinue…

Helpful Products For Older Persons – Devices for Leisure Activities

Table of Contents: Introduction Crafts Reading Games Watching Television Gardening Sports Further Information Introduction As we grow older, important daily activities, like dressing, bathing, cooking, and eating, may become increasingly difficult to manage alone. Many people depend on helpful devices to help carry out these activities. Using such devices often makes it possible to participateContinue…

Scooters

For many older persons, walking long distances can be very strenuous. Many activities like going shopping or taking a walk with a friend can become painful. Scooters are ideal for persons who may have limits in mobility that prevent them from being able to walk for an extended period of time. For example, by usingContinue…