If you have a parent that is getting older, they may have problems in their home with walking, standing, etc. Fortunately, there are things you can do to help them. Below are two things so you can start making changes.
Purchase a Lift Chair
If your parent has problems getting up out of chairs you can purchase a chair that has a lift, which is known as a lift chair. These chairs have controls that your parent can press and the chair automatically rises enough so your parent is in a standing position. It will do this slow enough so your parent will not fall. This control may be built into the chair, or your parent can control the chair with a handheld remote.
Some chair lifts also have a massager included. If so, your parent can press a button or use a hand control to turn the massager on. This can be useful if your parent has problems with muscle pain. You can find lift chairs in a variety of sizes and colors, as well as materials. You can choose how thick you want the cushion to be in the chair. Visit a store that sells lift chairs, or you can purchase them online.
Make Changes in the Bathroom
The bathroom can be one of the most dangerous rooms for the elderly. Your parent may find it difficult to get in and out of the bathtub, as well as problems getting on and off the toilet. There are toilets that sit higher than traditional toilets. Install grab bars next to the toilet for more assistance.
Install grab bars in the shower and the bathtub so your parent can grab onto them when entering and exiting. There are walk-in showers that you can purchase which has no bathtub. Your parent will find it easier to walk into a shower instead of lifting their leg over a bathtub. Install a variety of bars in the shower or you could purchase a shower chair for them to sit on.
If your parent likes to take baths, there are also walk-in bathtubs available. These tubs have a door that open for your parent to walk into the tub. The door is sealed tightly so no water gets out. No matter if you choose a shower or bathtub put a non-slip matt on the flooring to help prevent your parent from slipping.
There are many more changes you can make inside your home to help your parent, such as installing a security system and removing obstacles such as throw rugs and clutter.
For more information on how to help your parents with lift chairs, contact a company near you.