Tools and eqiupment to help seniors with chronic conditions

 Almost all seniors go through times in their lives when they cannot live independently. For example, a majority of senior fall patients cannot live by themselves after they fall; sometimes that condition is temporary and sometimes it is permanent. Other folks have issues with degenerative diseases, such as arthritis, that may not be very troublesome at times, but over the long haul, they get progressively worse. According to Senior Outlook Today, there are a number of available tools which help mobility-impaired seniors maintain the independence that they’ve worked so hard to establish.
Overbed Tables
These items are wonderful to have around when a senior is temporarily bedridden, perhaps while recovering from surgery. No matter how old you are, there’s only so much TV you can watch, and these tables are designed to help seniors stay connected while they are immobile. For patients, an overbed table is more like a comfort station. Many tilt to make reading easier, many have large weight capacities for people who like to multitask, and most have stay-in-place locking casters. For caregivers, an overbed table makes routine tasks, such as mealtime, much easier and less time-consuming. There are a lot of choices.  
Reachers and Grabbers
Sometimes people get the wrong idea about gifts like a grabber or reacher. Whereas it’s obvious when someone needs an overbed table, a mobility-assistance device can be considered insulting. Instead of the direct approach, try modeling the reacher yourself. Buy one for yourself and use it in front of your friend or loved one. Then, give one to yourself, including a phrase like “This device helped me a lot and I thought of you.” There are basically two types of reachers and grabbers: Heavy-duty ones that can withstand lots of wear and tear, and lighter ones that are easier to use.
Handle Grippers - Most of us take gripping for granted. But when arthritis pain flares up, even something as simple as twisting a door handle can trigger excruciating pain. Clearly, such inflammation makes it almost impossible to live alone, so something must be done. There are a myriad of grip aids available specifically for arthritis sufferers. There are attachments for light switches and keys. There are also multi-purpose household grips, for tasks as diverse as opening a pull tab to holding a coffee mug.
Virtual Assistant or Real Assistant
For mobility-impaired individuals, getting to work in the morning and getting home in the evening may be a herculean task. So, a virtual assistant position is a way for these individuals to use their minds without worrying about the limitations of their physical conditions. A virtual assistant may also be ideal for patients recovering from some kinds of brain injuries, because these individuals sometimes have a hard time with social interaction. The Artificial Intelligence revolution (Cortana, Siri, and friends) have expanded the opportunities for mobility-impaired individuals, because they are so easy to use and save so much time. There is also a matchmaker market, for people who need a real part-time assistant who is both qualified and reliable. One place to turn is Elderbridge Alliance. The Errand Buddy service of Elderbridge Alliance can provide a person to help around the home or accompany an individual on errands such as shopping, the hair salon, banking, etc. Call Elderbridge Alliance at 855-664-4692 to learn more about rates and personalized services.
With some thoughtful planning and proper execution, you can make life much richer for both yourself and a mobility-impaired person in your life.

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Lake Mills, IA 50450

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