Caregiving Products

Time and time again, I am asked about products I would recommend for around the home, on the person and just general hints and tips as to how I feel about products that can make life easier. I thought it would be great to put them all together in one place to make it easier for you to find.

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Personal 

 

Cosy Feet – I don’t think I have ever cared for someone who hasn’t owned a pair of these. I love how comfy they are, they wash easily and are budget friendly too. UK Link | US Link

Sandpiper – These shoes and slippers have been recommended to me recently by my physiotherapist. They are similar to Cosy Feet but the big selling point is that they are extra wide making them more suitable for people with wider feet and those that experience oedema (swelling) of the lower leg and foot. UK Link | US Link

Ecco – Another shoe that I have personally used (thanks, strict nursing guidelines!) are Ecco shoes. Sturdy, supportive and comfortable these are a great option for people who need extra stability around the ankle or a shoe that grips well when walking. Whilst Ecco can be on the pricier side, they are a great investment and you will have them for years! UK Link | US Link

Pull Up Incontinence Wear – Whilst this is a personal preference, for people who are either independent or mobile with some support and need incontinence wear, pull-ups are a far more comfortable and convenient option. Meanwhile, the large style that use tabs to secure them are better at nighttime, and for those who are bedbound. UK Link | US Link

Wonderweb – A quick and easy way of turning up clothes that are too long, without needing to go to the expense of a seamstress. UK Link | US Link

 

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Pressure Area Care

 

Sheepskin – helps reduce pressure in areas that are prone to pressure sores. It is also great for temperature control meaning that you can use it in a hot environment and it won’t cause additional sweating. UK Link | US Link

Sheepskin Heel Protectors – Can be used when sitting or lying and are beneficial in taking the pressure from the heals and helping prevent pressure sores. UK Link | US Link

Gel Cushion – Works in a similar way to sheepskin and is probably a personal preference as to which one is more comfortable.  Helps to take pressure away from the boney areas, such as heels and sacrum. UK Link | US Link

 

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Bathroom

Raised Toilet Seat – An absolute must have for those with mobility issues or recent orthopaedic surgery on the hips and knees. UK Link | US Link

Bath Bench – Sits across the top of the bath for easy baths without much need for bending. UK Link | US Link

Shower Chair – Sits in the shower to aid with independent and assisted showers. UK Link | US Link

Bath Lift – If a shower chair or bath bench are unsuitable due to mobility issues, a bath lift can be a great alternative. There is very little movement required by the person who uses it. UK Link | US Link

Non-Slip Mat – For use in and out of the bath and shower. UK Link | US Link

Grab Rails – Essential to allow easy (and independent) access to the shower, bath and toilet. UK Link | US Link

 

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Bedroom

Bed Rails – Bed rails can make you feel safe, but they can also be used for assisting with repositioning and sitting up in the bed. UK Link | US Link

Bedside Lamp – A simple lamp next to the bed reduces walking to and from the light switch and in turn can help reduce falls. UK Link | US Link

Bed Raisers (or Elephant Feet) – As we age, we may find it more difficult to get in and out of the bed due to its low height. By raising the bed with Elephant Feet it can reduce the strain and stress that is put on your joints. UK Link | US Link

Thick Pile Rug – Placing a thick pile rug around the bed can help cushion any fall that takes place. UK Link | US Link

Sensor Mat – A sensor mat next to the bed can alert you or a carer to a fall or a wandering loved one. UK Link | US Link

Hospital Bed – Whilst a hospital bed can be a huge investment, it is, in my opinion, the best investment to make. Particularly if your loved one is looking at a long period of time in bed. The ability to raise the bed to the required of height of family and caregivers can maintain at home care for longer than normal because there will be less strain placed on the back and joints of those providing the care. It is also more comfortable for the person in the bed as it adjusts to ensure maximum head, neck and shoulder support. Remember, you need to have bed rails on it and the ability to adjust the head, knees and height. The ones that I have linked here are the best design for meeting these needs.  UK Link | US Link

 

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Hallway 

 

Battery Operated Lights – Hallways and stairs need to be well lit to help with easy and safe navigation. These simple lights can greatly improve visibility without the need to rewire half the house. UK Link | US Link

Hall Table – A table is beneficial in two ways, it allows essential items to be stored in one place without losing them and it can be a stop gap for placing items that need to be carried if they get too heavy or you just need a rest. UK Link | US Link

Chair – A chair, ideally placed next to the table, can provide a stop gap between the room you left and where you are going to. It would be ideal for people with an unsteady gait and those that tire quickly.  UK Link | US Link

 

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Living Room

 

Corner Protectors – Corner protectors help reduce cuts and bruising from banging into sharp corners. UK Link | US Link

Foot Stool – A comfortable footstool is important for those with medical conditions that lead to poor circulation, wounds and excessive swelling of the legs and require their feet and legs to be elevated for periods of time each day. UK Link | US Link

Lamp – Again keep the lamp close to the main seating area to ensure adequate lighting and cut down on unnecessary trips that may result in falls. UK Link | US Link

Grab and Reach Tool – Can help reduce the need for bending when something falls to the floor. UK Link | US Link

Rise and Recline Chair – Another one of my favourite pieces of equipment. Having the ability to raise the chair up is incredible and makes life easier for everyone. UK Link | US Link

Over Bed and Chair Table – Again this is another piece of ‘typical’ hospital equipment but the reason that it is so popular is that it does its job well. It’s large, height adjustable and portable. UK Link | US Link

 

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Miscellaneous Items

Stair Lift – When we are purchasing our homes, we don’t generally take into account how the layout of the home will affect us in later life. Installing a stair lift ensures that the upper floors of the house continue to always be accessible, regardless of mobility or illness.

Wheelchair – Whilst you may not always need a wheelchair, having a lightweight one that can easily be put in a car or moved from place to place opens up a world of places that you may not necessarily be able to access.  UK Link | US Link

Walking Frame – A vital tool for those who have an unsteady gait, are recovering from surgery or just need help getting around the house. Make sure that you get a physiotherapist to assess your needs and requirements before you purchase one and after it has arrived to ensure that it is being used correctly. UK Link | US Link

Walking Stick – Similar to a walking frame and can be used in a range of circumstances and environments. Just ensure that you liaise with your physiotherapist before purchasing. UK Link | US Link

Trolley – A kitchen trolley can be useful for moving several items around the kitchen at once UK Link | US Link

Personal Emergency Response System

Ramp for Outside House