There are different types of aids available that help elderly to live independently in their own homes. For example, a helping hand is about 18 inches stick with a squeezable handle at the end. The client can use it to pull curtains that they would otherwise not be able to reach. Another example is grippers that help clients to unscrew jars or bottles. Non-slip-mats are also very useful for elderly or people with learning disabilities. They come in different shapes and sizes and can be used for all sorts of items in the home.
Aids for the kitchen, bathroom and bedroom
There are gas cooker controls available for people with sight problems. Kettle and jug tipper are made out of plastic and they help an individual to tip liquids from one container to another. When it comes to the bedroom, aids such as urine bottles, dressing stick, and button hook can be very helpful. Raised toilet seats can be taken on and off according to use. Suction mats prevent from slipping that can be very useful to the elderly or people with limited mobility. Falls can lead to serious injuries or in some cases even death.
Telecare – what is it?
Telecare means that there is monitoring installed in the house. Remote monitoring and communication services support people living at home. There are sensors placed in the house that alert a monitoring centre when, for example, a person with dementia leaves the house. Telecare alarm systems are based on the use of a hub/base unit support independence and safety in the home and close environment.