Small Supports That Can Help You Stay Comfortable & Independent In Your Home
It is incredibly frustrating not to be able to move around and be comfortable in your own home. To need help just getting out of bed, positioning yourself to read, work, or eat, and even reaching for a snack in the pantry can make a person feel like aging or their disability will always stand in the way of their independence.
Thankfully, there are some support items that can help you stay comfortable and increase your independence safely. Here are some of the products we carry that while little can make a big difference in your life.
This is possibly the most valuable low-cost item you can have in your home to aid your mobility.
As we age, it can be difficult to bend down, squat, or stretch to reach items. This means your capacity to get things from cabinets and counters or pick up dropped items from the floor on your own.
If your phone falls from your lap or your favorite snacks are stored a little too high in the pantry, your independence in picking things up is limited without this device. There’s also a magnetic tip so that smaller items like paper clips or anything metal will snap right to it when in proximity.
Some days, fatigue sets in and you don’t have the energy to spend much time out of bed. Or perhaps you're confined to your bed for a period of time.
Eating, reading, or working (if you work remotely on a computer) can be uncomfortable and even painful when in bed. A regular table next to the bed is still problematic because it requires the person to lean over the side of the bed to use the table.
This table however has one open side so that the legs slide under the bed and the table comes right up to where you sit. The auto-touch on the side allows for elevation adjustments with a light touch.
A good night’s sleep is imperative for growth, healing, and enjoying your day when you wake up.
Regular pillows often don’t support the neck and spine in ways that are conducive for good sleep.
A cervical pillow has a firm foam shape that allows your head to stay positioned in the right way while you sleep. Wake up feeling more refreshed, reduce headaches, and reduce other chronic pain episodes.
Exercise can be difficult with age or with a chronic disability. Stretching and yoga can be quite beneficial but are not always safe without the right equipment.
Body positioning wedges help you get the right positions without needing help from another person. They are also useful for stationary activities like sitting up in bed or positioning your legs while laying down.
They can work for a multitude of issues and eliminate the need for constant help at home.
Lack of mobility ranges from complete paralysis in the legs to chronic muscle weakness that can make getting out beds, chairs, and in and out of cars difficult or impossible.
A bendable leg lifter gives you the versatility to move your legs where you need them during periods of weakness or if you’ve lost all movement. You won’t need to overextend yourself to bend and lift your legs on your own.
Getting into and out of a wheelchair is also easier when you don’t have to bend down and lift your legs all on your own.
Chairs are not all created equally! From the kitchen chairs to the desk chairs, living room chairs to dining room chairs, sometimes the back support is not up to par and sitting can become painful.
A low back support like this one creates an “S” shape that turns whatever chair you’re sitting in into an ergonomically supportive seat.
Reduce back pain, fatigue, and other chronic pain issues with this low back support. Bonus: this one has a handle to make it easy to move from seat to seat.
Comfort and Independence in Your Home
Having independence and comfort means you’re surrounded by the things you love and structures that are familiar to you. It’s easy to maneuver your way and figure out the way your supports will help in an environment that you know. You’ll be able to continue the same social habits and hobbies that you’ve always done.
Staying at home while you age or with a chronic disability is possible. These are just a few of the supports that can help you achieve independence safely. You’ll be able to stay in the comfort of your own home without having to worry about hiring full-time help to keep you there. Aging and dealing with a chronic disability can be scary, but it doesn’t have to be when you have the right supports.