Caring For A Loved One With Alzheimer’s at Home

If there is one fact regarding individuals  living with Alzheimer’s that doctors and nurses all agree with, is that maintaining familiarity in their everyday surroundings is key for them. As the disease progresses, and a patient’s memory deteriorates, choosing to provide care for the person in the comfort of their own home — when possible– is often a wise choice.

Whereas some individuals choose to hire a care-giving agency for support, others decide to make the care of a loved one their full-time work. Whichever the situation though, there are several assistive devices and home health care products that can make the ordeal of preparing your home for an Alzheimer’s patient a smoother experience.

young and older womanHome Hospital Beds: Home hospital beds can provide a great level of comfort and safety for the patient.  In earlier stages of the disease, when the memory and sense of time/place are compromised, the beds’ side rails can help deter the person from wandering around their room or home and possibly hurting themselves. For patients with later-stage Alzheimer’s who begin to experience physical symptoms, a home hospital bed is also a great idea. As their ability to walk becomes compromised, the home hospital bed provides a great and versatile surface for them to rest. Fully adjustable backrests and legrests are ideal for caregivers to better position the patient. The bed’s adjustable height settings are perfect for helping a patient on and off the bed.

Transport Chair: Doctor’s appointments are a routine part of the life of people who suffer from Alzheimer’s. A transport chair can be a great tool for facilitating those quick trips. Unlike a regular wheelchair, the transport wheelchair has four small wheels– meaning that the caregiver is in charge of propelling the patient. With convenient foot-brakes and lightweight construction (most are built in aluminum), the they can be easily stored in the trunk of the car.

Bath Lift:  This fully electric bathing surface can be placed inside the bath tub.  It is ideal for a patient who doesn’t have a big range of motion and needs help in order to be lowered into or lifted from the tub. With convenient height and tilt controls, bath lifts can help ease the care giver’s experience  and provide extra comfort to the patient as they go about their bathing routine.

Rolling Commode: As toileting becomes a challenge for individuals with Alzheimer’s the commode is an excellent option to tend to their needs. The wheeled commode comes equipped with a built-in toilet sit and removable bucket. Many of them include a lid which helps double their functionality– they can also be used as transport chairs inside the home.

Caring for someone you love throughout their journey with Alzheimer’s isn’t easy. It’s filled with heartbreak and laughter, moments of hope and challenges. Mobility stores like Vital Mobility are here to help– with top notch equipment and dedicated staff that’s 100% committed to helping you and your family, every step of the way.

Home Hospital Beds: To Buy or To Rent?

Home hospital beds for home use are a great way of providing your loved ones with safety and comfort as they recover from surgery, injury or convalesce. They come in different configurations and are equipped with features to address every type of need. But when it comes to deciding whether buying or renting a home hospital bed is the best idea, there are three important factors to consider.woman on drive home hospital bed

1. Duration of use: A person who has undergone abdominal surgery and is on track towards a speedy recovery, may only require a home hospital bed for a month or two. On the other hand, a patient whose condition is slowly progressing and whose mobility is severely impaired, may need a hospital bed for an undefined time period. When looking into renting or buying a home hospital bed, think of how long it will be needed for. A hospital bed for rent will be a great choice in the first scenario– a purchase is more suitable for the latter.

2. Want to try it first? If you are trying to decide which bed might be most suitable for you or a loved one, you may want to consider renting an adjustable hospital bed first. Most reputable mobility companies have a selection of hospital beds for rent at different price levels. Are you looking for an economical option? Or a feature-packed device? Renting the bed you’re considering for a month or two will ensure that you’re making the right purchase decision down the road.

3.How specific is your need? Patients who live with a severe mobility impairment or acute health condition will often require home hospital beds that are highly customized to their needs. For example, someone with COPD may benefit from a bed that offers the option for Trendelenburg position (patient lays flat and bed is tilted so that legs are higher than the head). A person living with Alzheimer’s may require specialized side rails to keep them from wondering while preventing patient entrapment.  In these cases, a purchase may be most adequate.

Whether you are looking to bring a hospital bed into your home temporarily or permanently, the great news is that companies like Vital Mobility offer both options and can work with different budgets to find the right fit for you. Ready to look into your options? Visit www.vitalmobility.ca to learn more.

 

Perfect Air Mattress, Great Value: Med-Aire Plus Low Air Loss Mattress System

When customers come to us in search for an air mattress for a loved one, they often expect a price-tag in the many thousands of dollars. That indeed, is the case with  many air mattresses in the Canadian market. Our goal though, at Vital Mobility, is to bring to you excellent quality home medical equipment that won’t break the bank– we know how pricey it can get when you are trying to set up a home healthcare environment for a family member or close friend!

Med-Aire Low Airloss Mattress System by Drive MedicalThat is why we are proud to offer Drive Medical’s Med-Aire Plus Alternating Pressure and Low Air Loss Mattress System. What exactly does that mean?

An air mattress’ main goal, beyond providing excellent comfort to the patient, is to help reduce and treat pressure sores. When an individual is bound to their bed — because of a lack of mobility– the constant friction of the body against the resting surface can take a serious toll on the skin. Bed sores are painful and very prone to infection. The Med-Aire Plus mattress’ air pockets offer dynamic pressure redistribution to combat that. The air cells’ 8″ depth means that even if the power goes off and the mattress pump is disabled, it will take an entire 24 hours for the mattress to lose air– giving caregivers the ability to move the patient or wait for power to resume.

Additionally, this Drive Medical Air Mattress features 10″ deep static perimeter tubing, which works as a great tool for preventing patients from becoming entrapped between the mattress and the home hospital bed’s side rails. Entrapment is further prevented with the mattress’ low shear, fluid resistant mattress cover, which helps make sure that the user doesn’t slide on the bed.

This highly versatile medical air mattress provides caregivers with the ability to personalize the pressure cycles of the mattress in order to cater to the patient’s needs.

There is nothing like finding the perfect compromise between comfort, safety and value in a home healthcare product. The Med-Aire Plus Low Airloss Mattress System does just that. Call us at 905-532-9494 today or visit us at www.vitalmobility.ca to find out more about this great air mattress deal.