Most of the elderly population needs some kind of assistance to perform the tasks associated with daily living. While not all seniors require outside assistance from care providers, most of them do rely on a number of gadgets and aids to get them through their day. For some seniors, the daily living aids are as simple as a pill box to keep their medications in order. For others, the daily living aids are complex – such as hearing aids for the hearing impaired and wheel chairs for those with disabilities. The latter are the most common things we associate with being daily living aids. Here are some more examples.

Mobility aids

Seniors who have limited mobility issues due to painful joints or other simple conditions may employ the use of crutches, walkers, or canes in getting around. For seniors who have more dire conditions that do not allow them to be mobile at all, wheel chairs, power chairs, and electric scooters are common daily living aids.

Hearing and vision aids

The most common type of hearing aid is the kind worn in the ear to amplify surrounding sounds. However, special speaker systems as well as closed captioning on televisions are considered hearing aids as well. Glasses and contact lenses are the most common types of vision aids, but these can also come in the form of magnifying glasses or large text on printed materials such as books and magazines.

Household aids

Household aids is the heading under which most daily living aids fall. These can be simple gadgets that make life easier or ones that serve a greater purpose such as preventing falls or injury. Some examples of the simple household aids are jar openers, long handled reachers for grabbing things on a high shelf, or large handles on utensils for those suffering from arthritis. Some examples of daily living aids that prevent falls and injury are non-slip bath mats for the tub and shower, handrails along steps or staircases, and ramps placed over thresholds to even out unleveled door frames.

If a caregiver notices that an elderly loved one is struggling with their day to day living tasks and outside help is not enough or not available, some modifications should be made to the senior’s home so that they can function on their own more efficiently. Knowing exactly what the senior’s needs are will facilitate getting them the specific daily living aids that they require.

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