Modifying the items used in everyday living can be extraordinarily helpful for a person with limited physical strength or range of motion. Adaptive measures offer a degree of independence to people living with a disability or dementia, and a small device can act like another set of helping hands to a busy caregiver. Sometimes daily life really is about the “simple things”…
MOTIONS we take for granted can take monumental effort when performed with a limb in a cast, crippling back pain, or with weakness induced by illness or injury. Getting into an upright position to get out of bed can take caregiver help – or a HandiRail® bed support!
Assistive devices like HandiRail may be purchased online, at medical supply stores, and at some drugstores. Community senior centers may offer the use of daily living devices to residents for free, or for a small rental fee.
ZIPPERS and tiny buttons can make getting dressed a time-consuming exercise in frustration for people with diminished motor skills, sensory issues or dementia.
Adaptive clothing replaces typical closures with VELCRO®, magnets, snaps or elastic — or does away with unnecessary closures altogether. Many styles of adaptive clothing and footwear may be found online.
A few of our recommendations:
Let’s not forget accessories! Adaptive jewelry clasps are easy to add to existing necklaces and bracelets, making favorite jewelry wearable again with magnetic closures.
One of our favorite websites was founded by a local Metro Detroit Occupational Therapist. Alison Emerick has collected attractive, high-quality products at Ease Living that are assistive without looking like they belong in a hospital. Ease Living’s tagline, Live Long. Look Good., offers a refreshing perspective: sometimes we need a little help, but we’d like to live in style!
GETTING IN and out of a car may be the toughest part of any trip for people with mobility issues. Entering and exiting a vehicle takes twisting, stepping up, sliding and a shift of body weight – difficult actions to perform in sequence for people who are weakened or unsteady.
We suggest 3 simple auto aids that can assist you or your family member with easier, safer transfers:
3. Easy Reach Seat Belt Handle Extension. People with arthritis or limited shoulder / torso mobility find it difficult to reach up and pull the seat belt down. This device latches onto the seat belt and makes an extra-long handle for easier access and pull-power.
A few simple gadgets and modifications can make a very big difference in the daily life of a family member needing a little extra assistance or requiring in-home care. ~
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There has been a lot of recent news coverage on the ‘Opioid Epidemic’. The focus has been on the overuse and abuse of these powerful painkillers, and while these drugs can become addicting they are also our frontline defense against extreme chronic pain.
When a family member has been prescribed narcotics for healing and pain management, it is important to monitor for correct usage to keep the patient both safe and comfortable.
As a caregiver, there are some actions you can take that will simplify dispensing narcotics and other types of medication, and help you stay on top of your family member’s health.
First, check with ALL of your family member’s doctors and pharmacists to put together a complete list of medications and potential drug interactions. Patients often have several physicians for varying issues, who may not know there are other medical personnel or multiple pharmacies involved.
You can also search the internet for interactions caused by the wrong combination of drugs, or for medicines contraindicated for specific health conditions or allergies. It is important to know the health history of your family member, so you can advocate against a potentially disastrous prescription or drug combination.
Ensure that your family member continues a full dose of prescribed medication for the correct amount of time and doesn’t try to save money by cutting pills in half.
Does this look like your bathroom counter?
Throwing all the patient’s pill bottles in a basket is a recipe for mixing up or missing meds — and disorganization can be dangerous. Here are some ideas to keep pill-taking orderly and on track:
Another resource to assist with medication management is hospice care. The old vision of hospice was of a place where people went to die, but hospice has evolved into a system of in-home, modern-day pain management – helping medically compromised people live out their lives in comfort.
A patient must first be admitted to hospice under a medical diagnosis that fits hospice coding, and the patient must be willing to forego ‘life-prolonging’ treatment. This does not mean a patient’s physical needs are ignored, but the hospice medical team will treat the patient with medication to maintain quality of life rather than use invasive, life-extending procedures.
A reputable home care agency can provide professional caregivers and nursing staff, for both short-term and long-term situations. Marisa Home Care staff can accompany a patient to a doctor’s appointment and translate a medical diagnosis or care updates for family members living out of state. Medication management and in-home patient care is a 24/7 job, and a family caregiver deserves the partnership with supportive, affordable assistance whenever feasible. ~
We’re here to help: visit Marisa Home Care online for free resources or call us NOW at 248.354.7600.