Assistive Equipment for the Home

What assistive equipment might be needed 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 and shower grab bars

  • Raised toilet seats

  • Shower and bathtub 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, elevator, pull-down kitchen shelves, movable cabinets under the sink)

    Cameras or motion sensors to detect if an elderly person has gotten up in the morning or has fallen

  • Push button alarm worn on the body that is activated when medical help is needed

  • Smoke detectors throughout the home

  • Alarm system in the home

  • Handrails for stairs

  • Nightlights where needed

  • A reacher "grabber" tool that works as an extension of the arm

There are many ways to get assistive equipment for the home. Always seek professional help. Talk with your healthcare provider about your particular needs and the best way to decide which assistive equipment will be right for you. Your healthcare provider will be able to help you with resources in your community. To learn more:

Online Medical Reviewer: L Renee Watson MSN RN
Online Medical Reviewer: Rita Sather RN
Online Medical Reviewer: Robert Hurd MD
Date Last Reviewed: 5/1/2023
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