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10 Tips to Modify Your Home for Your Loved One’s Discharge from the Hospital to Promote Greater Independence

When someone transitions from the hospital back home, it can be quite challenging. Often, homes aren’t set up for the new disabilities or physical challenges that come with recovery.

So, if you’re caring for your loved ones, it's crucial to evaluate the home and make necessary modifications to help them transition smoothly.

Here are 10 tips to modify each room in the house and help your loved one ease back into life at home:

1. Bedroom set up

If you prefer not to change the bed, you can use a backrest with an adjustable angle to provide support when sitting up to eat, drink, or read. Additionally, installing a bedrail can help prevent falls.

Another option is to invest in a hospital bed, either manual or electric.

For a home setting, many people now prefer auto-reclining beds with wooden frames. These beds help create a homelike atmosphere, which many of them find comforting and conducive to faster recovery.

For those with a high risk of falling, you can install a bed exit alarm to alert you when the patient attempts to leave the bed, enhancing safety and peace of mind.

2. Install Ramps

Installing ramps at entrances, walkways, and bathrooms can significantly improve accessibility for your loved ones who use wheelchairs or commode chairs. Measure the height and width of entrances to choose the appropriate ramp size.

Keep walkways and areas around furniture free from clutter to ensure easy and safe movement around the home. This reduces the risk of tripping and falling.

Check out our ramp collection here!

3. Install Grab Bars or Handrails

Grab bars provide essential stability and reduce the risk of falls. Here’s how to effectively use them:

  • Straight Grab Bars: Install these horizontally or vertically. Vertical bars help stand up, while horizontal bars assist with walking along walls.
  • Beside the Toilet: Consider installing flip-up grab bars to help the patient stand up safely.
  • Shower Area: An L-shaped grab bar can provide additional support.

The proper height to install a grab bar for the toilet is between 33 and 36 inches from the floor.

If drilling into walls is not an option, you can use adhesive grab bars or consider other alternatives like toilet seats and raisers.

In areas where wall-mounted grab bars are not feasible, stander poles with curve grab bars offer support and stability.

We offer the Korean brand AngelGrip, featuring an eco-friendly silicone finish and available in five customized colours to enhance your interior design.

Please check our grab bar collection!

4. Commode, Handheld Showers and Shower Seats

These make bathing easier and safer, giving more independence in personal care.

If you need a portable toilet to place next to the bed, the Etac Swift 3-in-1 commode is very convenient.

If you're looking for a budget-friendly commode, visit our commode collection and sort the items by price from low to high.

A commode shower chair with wheels is essential for transferring a patient to the bathroom.

Your loved one may sometimes have difficulty extending their hands to comb their hair or brush their back. We recommand using an Etac long body washer and long comb to make these tasks easier. A multi-purpose grip can also help hold small items like a toothbrush or razor, and assisting with daily activities.

5. Mobility Aids

Typically, doctors, physiotherapists, or occupational therapists will prescribe suitable mobility aids such as wheelchairs, walkers, or quad canes based on your loved one's condition. You may also need to reorganize the home environment to accommodate these aids.

For wheelchairs, a model with detachable armrests and footrests is often recommended to facilitate easier transfers. If your loved one has spinal issues, consider using a reclining wheelchair with head support and adjustable armrests.

If your loved one tends to fall or slide easily when sitting on a chair, sofa, or wheelchair, you can add an anti-slip seating mat with a one-way glide feature to help them maintain a good sitting posture.

6. Adaptive Clothing

To facilitate caring for your loved one, consider using a patient gown. These gowns are easy to put on and help in mobilizing the patient comfortably.

your loved ones may often find movement more challenging, but adaptive clothing with magnetic buttons can make dressing independently much easier. Despite mobility issues, they can still wear stylish and dignified clothing.

7. Optimize Home Furniture Layout

Rearrange the furniture at home to ensure that essential items are within easy reach for your loved one, promoting accessibility and independence.

Clear clutter and arrange furniture to create wide, open pathways that are easy to navigate, especially for those using mobility aids.

8. Don't use Lazy Chairs, but High-Back Chairs, Geriatric Chairs or Lift Chairs

In many Asian cultures, the use of lazy chairs is common, but prolonged use can lead to poor posture and slouching.

Avoid using lazy chairs, which can be difficult to get out of and provide inadequate support. Instead, opt for high-back chairs, geriatric chairs, or lift chairs that offer better support and make it easier for your loved one to sit and stand independently. These types of chairs can improve posture and reduce the risk of falls.

9. Kitchen Gadgets

Equip the kitchen with adaptive gadgets to make meal preparation easier and safer for your loved one. Items like ergonomic utensils, jar openers, easy-grip cutting boards, and automatic can openers can help those with limited strength or dexterity maintain their independence while cooking. These tools can enhance their ability to perform daily tasks comfortably and safely.

Do you ever experience weakness in your hands while preparing food? If so, you might want to consider switching to adaptive utensils, a cutting board, and a preparation board. The Etac Fix preparation board is designed to facilitate tasks such as grating, cutting, whisking, and peeling, even for individuals with weak hands or limited hand function.

This sturdy board stands securely on its four friction feet or the enclosed suction feet, ensuring stability during use. Its jaws securely hold a bowl, grater, or piece of food in place, while a small plate with spikes can be used to stabilize smaller food items. Additionally, the plate can be removed and positioned with the spikes pointing downward to create a flat surface for other tasks.

Another alternative is to utilize the EazyHold Cuff Grip assistance. This adaptive aid is highly effective for your loved one in carrying out their daily activities, thanks to its range of different-sized EazyHold options.

10. Fitness Gadgets

Exercise is important. Exercise is crucial for recovery and maintaining overall health. Use fitness gadgets like wearable fitness trackers, exercise bands, or compact exercise equipment to help your loved one stay active and monitor their progress. These tools can provide motivation and ensure they are safely engaging in physical activity.

Check out our Fitness products here!

Choosing the Right Tools for Easier Living

Adaptive living tools tailored to seniors' living spaces contribute significantly to their overall well-being. By addressing specific challenges in each area of the home, these tools empower seniors to maintain their independence, stay safe, and continue enjoying the comforts of their living spaces. As the field of adaptive living tools continues to evolve, so does the potential to create environments that truly support seniors in their daily lives.

Selecting tools to make life easier can be confusing because everyone has different needs. For caregivers, this means thinking about:

1. Where does your family member struggle the most?
2. What tasks could be made simpler without much effort?
3. What changes would help them be more independent?

Considering these questions helps caregivers find tools that best suit the specific needs of the person they are caring for.

About blogger, iElder

Established in 2012, iElder functions as an exporter, importer and distributor of elderly care products, showcasing renowned international brands. Our product range includes beds from Germany, commodes from Sweden, and wheelchairs from Japan.

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