No doubt that these days there are many wonderful new products available to help seniors age in place or to help their children modify their own homes so that their parent(s) can move in. It’s so much easier these days for older adults to help avoid injury.
I wrote about lift chairs and how wonderful they are for your elderly parents (or other senior loved ones) who may be having problems getting up from a seated position.
But sometimes, a recliner with a lift mechanism just isn’t the right product. So, I wanted to explore other products (tools) that are very useful for helping someone who has difficulty standing up.
Now, although I have been focusing on the issue of standing up, the truth is that oftentimes if a senior is having trouble standing up from a seated position they are more than likely also having trouble sitting down as well. The reason is that they have weakened lower body strength.
These products that I’m mentioning here aid the person with both problems.
It may not work for all areas of the house but if possible, grab bars are an excellent aid for seniors. They can be placed by the toilet, by a chair (if it’s near a wall of course).
Most of us are very familiar with the standard grab bars but you may want to consider one that folds away when not in use. Something like the Moen Flip Up Bathroom Grab Bar. Even though it’s intended for a bathroom, it can certainly be installed in other areas of the home.
What I like about this particular tool is that it extends from the wall further than a standard grab bar AND it folds away when it’s not needed. These are two very useful aspects.
Another type of grab bar that’s not your “standard” is the Stander Security Pole & Curve Grab Bar which is a perfect tool for bedside, chairside, etc.
I would however recommend that if the space in question is small to not use the security pole simply because of the space that it takes up. It’s important to leave enough open space surrounding the seated area to avoid your senior loved one from tripping and falling.
Sometimes though your senior loved one just needs a little help getting up. In this case, a cane or a walker may be just enough to help them. But if they don’t normally use either one, you can opt for a Portable Chair Assist. This product can just stay by the chair or sofa or bed or wherever they may need it.
Finally, a tool made specifically for couches and sofa chairs is the Stander EZ Stand-N-Go. There are handles on both sides, which makes it much easier to push oneself up. It has a very low profile, meaning it doesn’t protrude out very much and it can easily be moved.
Any one of these tools will help your elderly loved one. It may also be that you start off with one product but as the person in need grows older and may require more help, you may need to move on to another product that provides more assistance.
I would recommend to look at the variety of chair aids that are available on Amazon. There are many different varieties and I’m sure one of them will fit your needs and the the space you need to put it in.
Whatever your current needs may be (or future ones) – the main purpose of these tools is to help the senior person be as independent and as safe as possible in their own home.