Medical Supplies for the home and the Elderly
I think most families have a few emergency, medical supplies at home. It may be little more than a box of band-aids, antibiotic salve, cough syrup and aspirin, yet everyone knows that medical emergencies can happen. And if you have an elderly person living with you, it could be more serious than a scraped knee or burned finger. Yet there are many tools you can keep at home to reassure yourself and your loved one if a medical emergency does happen.
Medical equipment for the elderly who live at home
One of the most important tools you can have is a Blood Pressure Monitor. Your personal physician can give you the numbers that are best for your loved one and it only takes a few minutes to check someone’s blood pressure. In general Blood Pressure should be more than 120 over 80 and less than 140 over 90 (120/80–140/90): but your own physician will set the numbers he expects your loved one to have on a regular basis.
When I first became ill, the Omron Blood Pressure Monitor was one of my first purchases. My doctor gave me the two numbers I should watch for and how much fluctuation was normal for me. Then I took my blood pressure 3 times every morning and made note of those numbers. My doctor would say, “Take your blood pressure 3 times. Throw out the highest one and the lowest one and keep the middle one…that’s your average.”
If you take your blood pressure 3 times and note each set of numbers, then your physician can discern if your readings show well-being or illness.
The Omron Blood Pressure Monitor is a nice size, and monitors with an arm-band on the upper arm. My physician suggested the arm band to monitor the blood pressure is the most accurate. This one is compact, easy to store, a reasonable price and fits quite comfortably.
I’ve used this Blood Pressure Monitor for several years and have been quite happy with it. And my physician is pleased with the accuracy as well.
Medical equipment for disabled
If you are caring for a loved one who is disabled, you may need to take extra precautions with their use of Supplemental Oxygen. Quite often it must be ordered in advance to be ready for use when they need it.
If they receive supplemental Oxygen, you may find it helpful to have an Oximeter on hand.
A small tool that fits onto a finger and displays
- BLOOD OXYGEN SATURATION of ARTERIAL HEMOGLOBIN levels Known as SPO2, quickly and accurately. Built in alarm can be set to high and low.
- PULSE RATE Accurately in real time with graph that shows strength of pulse. Built in alarm can be set to high and low.
Besides Oxygen, there are many other medical supplies that make life easier for your loved one such as:
Medical equipment for mobility
Crutches, Walking Cane, Walkers, Wheel Chairs can help a disabled person with mobility issues. They can often be rented from a local medical supply, or purchased if it appears there will be long term use.
A Rollator is valuable for those with balance issues. Besides something to hold on to, a Rollator offers a small storage basket to store items while they walk so they can have their hands free.
When my Mom moved into the Group Home (with 9 other ladies) they each had their own Rollator provided by the Group Home and had regular contests to see who could decorate their Rollator best. Most of the ladies had Alzheimer’s but not a single one forgot which Rollator was theirs, including my Mom.
A couple pieces of Medical Equipment that are not necessities but sure make life safer are a Guard rail for their Bed, and Shower Chair for the bathroom. Some elderly would rather sit down for their shower and use a hand-held shower head. They are more comfortable without a fear of falling.
Medical supplies for the elderly
Medicines should be kept out of reach as the infirm may take too much or too little if left on their own. A healthy supply of Gauze Bandages, band aids, first aid cream, and other generic medications are always a plus.
Most of all fill your Medicine Chest with Love.
Love and caring create the best atmosphere for the elderly or ill
Fingertip Pulse OximeterMedical Shower Chair with BackTotal Chair and Wheel Chair Drive Style Rollator WalkerAdjustable Folding Quad CaneBed Roll GuardsDepend Adjustable Incontinence UnderwearBraun Forehead Thermometer