Top 10 Products To Make Family Caregiving Easier

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Products Can Make A World of Difference

Over the past 25 years of running my home care agency to working in hospitals, I have seen it all.  Caregiving can be overwhelming and with a few great products, life can be simple.  So here are my top product’s to make caregiving easier.

Goodnites Mattress Pads

Many bed pads can bunch up or leak.  I have had the pleasure of trying most bed pads.  My all time favorite is Goodnites Matress Pads.  They are generally for children that wet the bed, but they work great for you family loved ones as well.  Goodnites are very easy to use and are soft on the skin.  The pads are designed to lock in odor and absorb a lot of liquid. Finally, they have four easy-to-remove peel off strips to stay in place on any kind of sheet. Goodnites Disposable Bed Mats (72 Matts)

Bed Rails

Knowing that your loved one is sleeping sound and secure is peace of mind.    I like The Stander EZ Adjust Bed Rail because it is easy to use and secures under the mattress with no problems.  The Stander EZ Adjust Bed Rail is the only length adjustable bed rail in its market. It fits any hospital or home bed and can either be used as half bed handrail assist or be extended to full-size bed rail for fall protection at night. The collapsible bed rail folds down when not in use and easily adjusts from 26” to 42” with just the push of a button. Also included are a handy 6 pocket organizer pouch for keeping handy items within reach & a dual safety strap for securing bed rail. Stander 30″ Safety Adult Bed Rail – Home Elderly Bedside Safety Rail + Swing Down Assist Handle

Black and Decker Gizmo Can Opener

Opening a can with arthritis can be very painful and makes cooking depressing.  The best can opener for arthritis or when you have no strength in your hands is the Black and Decker Gizmo.  Includes power pierce cutter, removable blade, cordless operation, auto-off, hands-free operation, opens big and tall cans, mountable, battery charger and no-touch lid removal.

This smartly designed appliance is not only handy, it turns the duty of opening cans into a hands-free activity that is enjoyable and useful. The opener can go anywhere to simplify the need to carry a can to a countertop or mounted electric opener. Just clamp the opener onto any size can and let go of the soft-grip top. The opener then goes around the can on its own, shutting off automatically when the can is open. A swing-out magnet lifts the lid free. The opener is lightweight and recharges in a compact, 6-3/4-by-5-1/2-inch plastic charging base that can be mounted on a wall (mounting hardware included), set on the counter, or placed in a drawer. For easy cleaning, the removable, stainless-steel blade is dishwasher-safe.

Hurrycane

I have encountered so many situations to where a hurrycane could be used and I always made sure most of my clients that needed a cane used the hurrycane.  From vertigo, weakness, knee replacements the hurrycane always kept my clients steady. It is important to be able to move around to keep active and the hurrycane does that with a piece of mind.  The HurryCane’s pivoting base gives users a point of contact with the cane at all times.

More importantly, the cane maintains constant, full-capacity contact with the ground, providing full-time support at any angle. The SteadiGrip design includes three lightweight, very strong, supportive ‘feet’ that create maximum balance and support, specifically designed with textured grooves that provide non-skid traction for all-terrain activities. The HurryCane’s proprietary ergonomic design was inspired by the unique physiology of the human hand giving unparalleled grip and comfort.  In addition, with the HurryCane, users have support when they need it, and seconds later, it can be folded easily for storage or transport. HurryCane Freedom Edition Folding Cane with T Handle, Original Black

St Ives Skin Renewing Lotion

We only have one skin and taking care of it as we get older is a priority.  As we age, our skin’s collagen starts to deplete and it is very difficult for our skin to build it back up again.  With sun exposure, harsh outside elements, and diet changes, our skin is not as smooth and strong as it once was.  I have always been a big believer of lotion.  It not only keeps the skin in good condition, but it also makes us feel better.  The power of touch is a wonderful thing. This revitalizing formula is 100% natural moisturizers to smooth skin all day long. Layer on once a day, your skin will thank you for it. St. Ives Skin Renewing Body Lotion, Collagen Elastin, 21 Ounce (Pack of 2)

Biofreeze Gel

Painful muscles, arthritis, sprains are all part of getting older.   But, when you are pain-free, you feel better and have more happiness in life.  I have tried all kinds of pain relief creams and Biofreeze helps the most.  Biofreeze is a topical analgesic that uses the cooling effect of menthol, a natural pain reliever, to soothe minor muscle and joint pain. It penetrates quickly, offering relief through cold therapy. For this reason, it’s especially effective for use in conjunction with hands-on health care such as chiropractic, massage, and physical therapies. Biofreeze Pain Relief Gel for Arthritis, 32 oz. Bottle With Pump, Fast Acting & Long Lasting Cooling Pain Reliever for Muscle, Joint, & Back Pain, Cold Topical Analgesic with Original Green Formula

Pill Box

Having your medication in one place and able to bring it anywhere gives you piece of mind.  I have had to travel with medication in plastic bags, in bottles, all disorganized and very frustrating.   Of course, when I found this beautiful small to medium sized, easy open 7-day travel pill box, it made life so much easier.  This convenient organizer is perfect for arranging medication 7 days in advance! Time-of-day compartments make pill management simple & precise.   It has a velcro closure to makes it easier for anyone to open and close the binder unlike snap closures of most other pill cases. It also comes with a durable leather case provides added privacy.  Finally, there also are blank cards inside for emergency contact info. Extra Large Travel Pill Box with Case – 7 Day XXL Prescription & Medication Pill Organizer with Case from StuffSeniorsNeed, (Each Compartment Fits 9 Fish Oil Pills!)  

Grab Bars

I would never walk into a client’s home without doing an assessment to check for safety.  When there is a potential for a fall, a 16″ Suction Grip Assist Bar should be placed.  Simply lock down the two suction cups of the grab bar on a smooth, dry surface for an extra secure hold to a wall. Flip up the safety bar to remove.  Finally, to prevent an accident check to make sure they are locked onto any surface. PCP Suction Grip Bathtub and Shower Safety Handle, White, 16 Inch

Shower Mat

No doubt, a show mat is another safety item that will help prevent falls in the tub and I have experienced many falls.  My all time favorite mat is the original gorilla grip non-slip shower mat.  It is machine washable, mold resistant, fits any tub or shower and has an awesome powerful grip. GORILLA GRIP Rectangle (35-Inch-by-16-Inch) Non-Slip Machine Washable Bath Mat, Clear

Bath Chair

I have tried and seen almost every kind of bath chair know to man.  The best chair is a sliding transfer bench shower chair for the bathtub or shower.  This sliding transfer bench will make transfers from wheelchairs or walkers to the bath or shower much easier. All things considered, whether you use it for yourself or to care for a loved one, it increases safety and minimizes back strain.  Just position one end of the bench outside the shower and the other end inside. Have the person sit on the seat and you can easily slide them across into the shower.  It has textured plastic seat and back to provide a non-slip surface; nylon strap locks and holds the seat in place, durable, light-weight aluminum frame makes it easy to lift and move. Duro-Med Heavy-Duty Sliding Transfer Bench Shower Chair with Cut-out Seat and Adjustable Legs, Gray