Assistive Equipment for the Home

What assistive equipment might be necessary in the home?

Assistive equipment is any kind of tool or device that can help simplify caregiving or make the environment safer for an ill, disabled, or elderly person. Here are some of the more common types of assistive equipment to consider for the home:

  • bathroom grab bars
  • shower seats
  • bathtub mats
  • beds with special features that increase the person's ability to get in and out of bed
  • assistive telephones (for hearing-impaired and sight-impaired persons)
  • assistive stovetop burners (for sight-impaired persons)
  • assistive doorbell signaler (hearing-impaired persons)
  • walkers and canes
  • wheelchairs
  • entry ramps
  • home modifications (roll-in shower; stair lift; pull-down kitchen shelf; adjustable height wall cabinets)

There are many ways to obtain assistive equipment for the home. Talk with your physician or home health care provider about your particular needs and the best way to obtain assistive equipment.

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