Hospitals are hardly comfortable places in which to convalesce, and for many reasons. The large number of patients being cared for will usually mean you’ll be placed in a ward with other people, with only a curtain separating you from the next person.
It’s a busy place and noisy: with nurses, cleaning and catering staff, and doctors; in and out at all hours. So, despite the care, it is certainly difficult to get the rest you need. And, difficult for friends and family to spend the time with you they would like.
Hospitals generally discharge patients as quickly as possible due to the high cost of care and increasing demand for hospital beds from people in greater immediate need. This is why it is important to consider home care and the types of aids that may be required to assist recovery.
It is important to ensure a carer does not suffer strain or injury in the course of home care tasks. The provision of specialised disability equipment & aids can assist safety and ease of care provision, particularly with elderly and disabled individuals.
Home care, especially for someone needing a high level of care, can be very expensive. Some people may find it expensive to purchase the necessary home care equipment due to costs involved. Rental of disability aids and equipment can often be a cost effective option for temporary disability equipment use. As used disability equipment and aids have little value this can also save financial loss when the aids are no longer of use.
Home care needs for hire of disability equipment may include some of the items listed below.
- Adjustable Electric Bed: this allows positioning (not possible in a regular bed) and this improves rest and breathing and getting in and out of bed more easily
- Medical Sheepskins: Australian medical sheepskins can alleviate pain and discomfort caused by lying immobile for long periods and are of critical assistance in preventing pressure ulcers
- Alternating Pressure Mattress: reduces pressure on skin tissue, preventing pressure ulcers
- Bedside Commode Chair: for toileting convenience at the bedside
- Lifting Pole: provides support while changing position or sitting up in bed
- Transfer / Slide Board: a smooth board for independent or assisted transfer from bed
- Patient Lifter / Hoist: to effortlessly transfer a person from bed to toilet, wheelchair etc
- Over Bed Table: for meals, reading, writing etc
- Lift Recliner Chair: for help getting in & out a chair
- Adjustable Bed Cradle: a support to keep bedding off injured areas or the feet
- Urinal and Bed Pan:
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