Aids to Assist the Elderly with Day to Day Living

Some people, no matter how old they get, never lose their beauty they merely move it from their faces to their hearts

It’s not until we get a little older that age creeps up on us and the day to day things we once took for granted become more difficult to achieve. Obviously, there are lots of older people this does not apply to, however, it does happen for many of our older generation. Most daily tasks can be affected by aging and chronic illnesses or disabilities. Basic tasks such as dressing, bathing, grooming, using the toilet, moving in and out of bed or a chair, and eating can become more difficult, or for some, impossible. Activities such as cooking, cleaning, doing the laundry, shopping, using the telephone can also present problems.

Did you know these facts about the older generation?

  • Older adults eat on average 4.6 servings of fruit and vegetables daily; 41% in this age group meet the recommended 5 servings daily (compared with 30% under the age of 65).
  • Older men and women have the lowest rates of smoking: only 11% of those aged 65-74 and 5% of those 75+ are current smokers.
  • Women aged 65-74: 34% are of normal BMI, 35% ‘overweight’, and 30% ‘obese’, and 1% is underweight.
  • Men this age tend to be more overweight and obese than women: 22% are of

normal BMI, 44% ‘overweight’, and 33% ‘obese’, and only 0.2% are underweight.

  • Women who are 70+ that exercise and eat healthy amounts of fruits and vegetables have a longer life expectancy; in fact, those who were most physically active and had the highest fruit and vegetable consumption were eight times more likely to survive the five-year follow-up period than the women with the lowest rates.

Health issues that may affect daily living

People that suffer with arthritis may be unable to perform the small, precise movements of the hands and arms needed for daily tasks. In addition, people with congestive heart failure or pulmonary (lung) disease may not have the physical stamina to manage household tasks like cleaning, cooking, and laundry.

Poor eyesight and hearing can also make self-care more difficult. People may not be able to take medication correctly if they are unable to read instructions, open bottles, not having the dexterity to handle small pills, and not remembering to take the medicine on time or even at all.

Disabled aids include specifically designed products to help with everyday tasks. They include aids for bathing, cooking, dressing, writing, reading, hearing, walking and so on. If you’re not sure exactly what aid would help with a specific task then you can refer to your in your local library or the Internet. Some of the current aids available are:

  • Grab rails, these can be placed at an entrance to property or on walls of walk in showers etc.
  • Gripping aids are really useful in opening lids on jars or bottles etc.
  • Plug pulls for people with poor dexterity
  • Long Reacher’s /grabbers to avoid bending or stretching
  • Cups, mugs & straws that include two handled mugs, anti-slip and anti-spill cups
  • Cutlery & accessories including easy to grip and ergonomic handled cutlery
  • Food preparation aids include anti-slip jar and bottle openers
  • Magnifiers, book stands & reading lights
  • Pedal exercisers
  • Raised toilet seats or raised fixtures
  • Perching stools
  • Bed rails to help with turning over or getting in and out
  • Shower chairs and stools
  • Long handled dustpan and brushes
  • Tools that assist with turning taps on and off
  • Table top and easy grip scissors

If its the bathroom where your struggling but you’re not sure exactly what aid would help why not give WIBTRAC and call.  Having been in the industry for 30 years we will quickly be able to tell you what aid will assist you.

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