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Assistive Equipment for the Home

What assistive equipment might be necessary in the home?

Assistive and adaptive 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

  • Raised toilet seats

  • Shower seats

  • Bathtub mats

  • Beds with special features that make it easier to get in and out of bed

  • Assistive telephones (for hearing-impaired and sight-impaired people)

  • Stovetop burners (for sight-impaired people)

  • Doorbell signaler (for hearing-impaired people)

  • Walkers and canes

  • Wheelchairs

  • Entry ramps

  • Home modifications (roll-in showers, stair lifts, pull-down kitchen shelves, movable cabinets under the sink)

  • Smoke detectors throughout the home

  • Alarm system in the home

  • Handrails for stairs

  • Nightlights where needed

There are many ways to obtain assistive equipment for the home. Always seek professional help. Talk with your healthcare provider or home healthcare provider about your particular needs and the best way to decide which assistive equipment will be right for you.