walking support devices

If your elderly family member has recently been discharged from the hospital, aiding their transition is likely one of your top priorities. Depending on how long their stay was, readjusting to a home environment can be difficult. Changing medical requirements, the need for walking support devices, and new restrictions are all challenges that you and your loved one will have to face. Follow these tips for being as helpful as possible during this critical time.

  1. Be prepared to give physical assistance. Especially in the first few days of their recovery, your loved one will need extra help with daily tasks. Be sure to be attentive to these needs. Moving around the house could also be initially difficult, so look into different mobility aids for seniors, such as medical canes.

  2. Know their medications. Before they are discharged, and at their follow up appointments, be sure to learn all of the details of your loved one's medications. Carefully read the pill bottle labels to know specific instructions and all possible side effects. Call their doctor with any questions.

  3. Make your home safe. Before your family member comes home from the hospital, make sure that the house is accident-proof. Attach non-skid pads to the bottoms of rugs and install handrails in the shower. Also, be sure that you have cushioned bed pans and washable bed pads for incontinence on hand, especially for the first few days post-surgery.

  4. Talk to their doctor. Ask your loved one's doctor plenty of questions and write down all of their medical needs. This will ensure that you are providing the best possible at-home care. Be sure to check whether your family member will need to wear any special medical equipment, such as a abdominal hernia belt.

  5. Provide emotional care too. This transition is not just about your loved one's physical care. While they will need walking support devices, they are going to need your emotional support and companionship as well. Be sure to take the time to chat with them and plan appropriate activities. Once they are physically able to leave the house, be sure to plan outings around town.

Older adults will make up 20% of the U.S. population by 2030. As this demographic increases, so will the demographic of family caregivers. As your loved ones age, it is important to be prepared for any changing needs.