Mobility Aids for Seniors

Mechanical bed

Many homeowners find themselves needing extra assistance around the house as they grow older, and there is a wide variety of specialized furniture to meet these needs. Designed to assist with mobility, safety, and other hazards, these devices make home living easier for elderly people.

Adjustable bed systems are crucial to helping elderly people function safely in their homes. Adjustable bed options are available to help seniors sit upright comfortably, get in and out of bed with minimal difficulty, and even facilitate breathing and circulation. Some adjustable bed options feature heat and massage for added comfort.
Adjustable beds equipped with optional heat and massage also may provide temporary relief from:
• Low Back Pain
• Minor Aches and Pains Due to Muscular Fatigue or Overexertion
• Edema or Swelling of the Legs
• Poor Local Blood Circulation of the Legs
• Symptoms of Hiatus Hernia
• Nighttime Heartburn
• Symptoms of Gastric Reflux
• The optional heating accessory provides temporary relief from Mild Arthritis and Joint Pain, as well as Muscle Pain Associated with Stress and Tension
• Sleeping in an upright position may Reduce or Ease Light and Occasional Snoring

Of course, adjustable bed mattresses aren’t the only furniture to assist with mobility. Recliners that lean forward to ease seniors to their feet are also available, and bars and handrails can be installed near tubs and stairs to prevent falls.

Ramps and power lifts are especially helpful for people who use wheelchairs and scooters to get from place to place. They can also help seniors avoid tripping on uneven steps or slipping on wet floors.

Lastly, there are a number of smaller aids that can be used around the house. These range from holders for socks and other clothing to assist with dressing to counterweights for heavy bottles of orange juice to make pouring easier. There is even special silverware designed for people with shaky hands or difficulty gripping small objects. Many items seen on late-night infomercials are designed specifically to help people with disabilities and the elderly with their day to day lives.

When deciding whether to stay at home or to relocate to a senior living facility, the availability of helpful furniture and mobility aids can make a huge difference in the choice being made. With adjustable bed options, rising chairs, and other technology, more seniors can remain comfortably at home for longer periods of time.

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