Medical Supply Stores: Essential Items for Older Adults

By: BayView Senior Assisted Living

Following surgery, falls, or simply to aid with activities of daily living, medical supply stores can provide older adults with a variety of useful items. These include orthopedic supports, mobility aids, and home health care equipment.

Items in Medical Supply Stores

  • Glucose meters, blood pressure monitors, and other diagnostic tools can help older adults keep abreast of their health at home. These tools can empower older adults to manage certain health conditions independently between doctor visits.
  • Various devices available at medical supply shops can aid older adults with mobility issues. These include canes, rollators, wheelchairs, and walkers.
  • Medical alert devices (also known as medical alert systems) allow older adults to quickly call for help in emergency situations. These systems can provide peace of mind for elderly individuals living alone and their loved ones.
  • Compression stockings, splints, and braces can relieve pain and provide support for older adults with muscle, joint, or orthopedic issues.
  • Bathroom safety is essential for older adults, especially those with mobility issues. Items such as bath benches, raised toilet seats, shower chairs, and grab bars can aid with independence and safety when showering, bathing, or using the bathroom.
  • For elderly individuals with limited dexterity or limited mobility, daily living aids can help perform ADLs (activities of daily living) with greater independence. These daily living aids include adaptive utensils, dressing aids, and reacher grabbers.
  • Incontinence issues can be a challenging part of aging. Supplies such as disposable underwear, pads, and adult diapers can help manage incontinence issues. Proper supplies can help older adults maintain dignity while managing incontinence issues.

How to Find the Best Medical Supply Stores

How can loved ones and family members of older adults find the best medical equipment suppliers? Consider looking for medical supply stores that cater specifically to the needs of older adults. Search for stores that carry a wide variety of products and for ones that offer home delivery or rentals of medical equipment you’ll only need temporarily. Look for medical supply stores with knowledgeable staff and good customer service. Online retailers like Walgreens, CVS, or Amazon offer a significant range of medical equipment and supplies that can be conveniently delivered.

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