Product Recommendations

Through working with older adults for over a decade, we have come across a lot of very beneficial products that help improve one’s quality of life. We want to share these products in the hopes they will make more lives safer, easier, and healthier. If someone is not receiving occupational therapy or other healthcare services they may never know about these options or recognize how they can help them or a loved one. All of these products have been used by us, a previous client, or have received great reviews. Usually we recommend that our clients purchase them on Amazon because of the ease of ordering, shipping, and returns.

Mobility

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This walker is lightweight and has easy to push triggers to fold if you need to set it aside, or put it into a car. The legs are adjustable so you can make it the perfect height for any user. Drive Medical Trigger Release Folding Walker, Brushed Steel

Having a transport wheelchair can be helpful if your loved one has trouble walking or standing for extended periods of time, and you are traveling somewhere in the community (i.e. medical appointment, restaurant, family member’s home). Transport wheelchairs are lightweight and easy to fold and put in the trunk of a car. This particular model has slightly larger back wheels, which makes it easier to push over rough patches. Transport wheelchairs can also be helpful if you have very narrow doorways in your home and need to get your loved one to/from the bathroom but their standard wheelchair is too wide. Medline Lightweight Transport Wheelchair with Handbrakes, Folding Transport Chair for Adults has 12 inch Wheels, Red

This European style walker is nice because the user is able to stand more upright than most rollators. The seat and storage allows for items to be carried, or for rest breaks. Having hand brakes allows for the walker to be stable before someone sits or stands. It can even be used to sit at the kitchen countertop or bathroom vanity if someone has trouble standing for long periods of time when they are cooking or getting ready. Drive Medical RTL10266 Nitro Euro Style Rollator Walker, Standard Height, Red

This is a newer walker style that is popular because of it’s ability to fold compactly, making it ideal for travel or storage if it is not needed frequently. We do recommend adding the front pouch to carry items in. Someone who has balance issues would not benefit from this walker, because it is not as sturdy as a standard rolling walker. Able Life Space Saver Walker, Lightweight Folding 2 Wheel Rolling Walker for Seniors with Fixed Wheels, Regal Rose

Front bag for the EZ fold walker. Stander 2-Pocket Organizer Pouch, Replacement Travel Bag, for EZ Fold-N-Go Walker and Rollator, Able Life Space Saver Walker, Black

This simple cane maintains an upright position and is less likely to fall over when the user sets it to the side if they are sitting. HurryCane HCANE-BK-C2 Freedom Edition Folding Cane with T Handle, Original Black

Everyday Items

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Who couldn’t use this? Reachers are GREAT tools for picking things up from the floor if you have trouble bending or getting something high up or in tight spaces. They are also recommended after procedures like back surgery, hip or knee replacements. We use one to retrieve dog toys from under the couch!! Reacher Grabber Tool, 32″ Foldable Grabber Reacher for Elderly, Lightweight Extra Long Handy Trash Claw Grabber, Reaching Assist Tool for Trash Pick Up, Nabber, Litter Picker, Arm Extension (Blue)

Medication pillboxes are very helpful for remembering if you actually took your medication. Sometimes we are in such a routine that everyday things we do automatically. If you or your loved one are taking medication for a serious condition, missing a dose could be detrimental. Occupational therapists also like to recommend pill boxes because filling them out a week ahead helps you recognize when you are running low and it is time to re-order a medication. A lot of people have to take pills at multiple times of the day, so this box allows for AM/PM. There are also pillboxes that are single dose, or up to 4x/day. This model has easy push buttons to open each box which is great for people with arthritis or poor hand strength. Ezy Dose Push Button (7-Day) Pill, Medicine, Vitamin Organizer | Weekly, 2 Times a Day, AM/PM | Large Compartments | Arthritis Friendly | Clear Lids

This simple bedrail can assist someone who has trouble rolling, or getting into or out of bed. The pocket is an added bonus, to hold water bottles, cell phone, remotes, etc. Medline Bed Assist bar With Storage Pocket, Height Adjustable Bed Rails for Elderly Adults, Assistance for Getting In & Out of Bed At Home

This is such a cool gadget! The car cane fits into the metal hook on the side of the car door, and it acts as an arm to push up from if your car is low and someone has trouble standing up from the seat! Bonus features are a flashlight and seatbelt cutter for emergencies. The Original Emson Car Cane – All-in-One Auto Assist Handle with Built in LED Flashlight, Seatbelt Cutter, and Window Breaker –, Batteries Included

Bed side tables are helpful if someone has a hospital bed and needs to eat or have a work station. It’s also very portable with the rolling wheels and can be brought into other rooms, or act as a TV dinner tray in front of a chair. Vaunn Medical Adjustable Overbed Bedside Table With Wheels (Hospital and Home Use)

Ever have trouble putting shoes on? Shoe horns are great for making sure its easy to slide your foot into your shoe without the heel getting in the way. 15″ Stainless Steel Shoehorn with Paracord Handle (Black)

Transfer boards are helpful for people that have limited leg strength and need to transfer to/from surfaces, for example into and out of bed or a wheelchair. This is a product that you should have a therapist train you and a caregiver how to use. DMI Transfer Board made of Heavy-Duty Wood for Patient, Senior and Handicap Move Assist, Holds up to 440 Pounds, Two Cut Out Handles, 30 x 8 x 1

Therapists use gaitbelts ALL THE TIME. We use them to help people transfer, or when we are walking with someone who is weak or unsteady so we can help support then and make sure they don’t fall. These are needed for caregivers who assist people with transfers. By having something around their waist to hold and use to support the person, it limits injury to the client’s arms. Secure SGBM-60S Patient Transfer and Walking Gait Belt with Metal Buckle and Belt Loop Holder for Caregiver, Nurse, Therapist, etc. (60″ x 2″ (Beige/Striped))

Lock laces are great for people who have limited dexterity and have trouble tying their shoes, but need a secure fit. The elastic stretches and turns any athletic shoe, or shoe with laces into a slip-on shoe. LOCK LACES (Elastic Shoelace and Fastening System) (Black)

Sock aides are helpful for people who have trouble bending down or crossing their leg up onto their knee to put their socks on. These are always recommended for people who have had hip, knee or back surgery and have precautions or limited movement. An occupational therapist can teach you how to use one properly. RMS Deluxe Sock Aid – Socks Helper with Foam Handles

This cup holder can be attached to walkers and wheelchairs. It’s always important to promote hydration. This also promotes safety, as a lot of people try to carry items while using a walker which does not allow for a proper grip on both handles. Drive Medical Universal Cup Holder, Black

Lighting

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This may be one of our favorite products. These are great for improving lighting in dark closets, corners, under cabinets, and in cupboards if you live in an older home. They are also perfect for stairways and hallways to light up a walking pathway when it is dark. They turn on and off automatically with motion so you don’t have to worry about the battery life running out too quickly, and don’t need to worry about turning on a switch to have them be effective. Mr. Beams MB 723 MB723 Battery-Powered Motion-Sensing LED Stick-Anywhere Nightlight, 3-Pack, White, 3

Dusk to Dawn lights are great for outdoor lighting fixtures. No need to worry about the electric bill because they turn off automatically in the morning. Good outdoor lighting is improtant for security and to prevent falls. Philips LED 466599 Soft White 60 Watt Equivalent Dusk to Dawn A19 LED Light Bulb, Frustration Free 3 Pack, 3-Pack, 3 Count

Accessibility

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Off-set Hinges or Swing Clear Hinges allow for an additional 2 inches of clearance in doorways, which is helpful for individuals who use walkers, wheelchairs, or have older homes with narrow doorways. This product comes in a variety of finishes to match your home decor. Stone Harbor Hardware, 3.5 inch Swing Clear Offset Door Hinge

Adapted Feeding

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Finding the table a mess after eating? These plate guards act as a wall that someone can push food against if they have poor dexterity or control when scooping or stabbing food with utensils. Sammons Preston-44548 Clip-On Food Guard for Plates, Reusable Spill Prevention Eng Aid Assistant for Scooping Food, Lightweight Assistive Plate Guard for Disabled, Elderly, and Handicapped

Similar to the previous product, this sectioned plate eliminates messes by making it easier for kids, people with disabilities, or older adults to scoop and stab their food against the partitions. Sammons Preston Partitioned Scoop Dish, Melamine Divided Plate for Kids, Elderly, and Disabled, Divided Sections for Portion Control and Easy Scooping Walls for Limited Mobility, Adaptive Plate, Model:55502

This adapted utensil is both weighted and has a larger grip. Weighted utensils are good for people who have tremors and difficulty holding the utensil still when they are eating. They aren’t as great for people with significant decreased UE strength. They also make utensils that have a larger, easier to hold grip that are not weighted. The bendable feature allows a slight tilt if the person has trouble rotating their wrist to aim the utensil for their mouth. Good Grips Good Grip Weighted & Bendable Utensils – Tablespoon

Our clients love rocker knives! These are perfect for someone who only has good use of one hand, or has limited hand strength. The “see-saw” motion you do with one hand cuts the food without “sawing” back and forth. Good Grips Rocker Knife with Serrated Blade

Dementia products

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We can’t say enough good things about this product. We recommend it to everyone who has a loved one with dementia or memory problems. It’s large, easy to see, and gives so much orientation information on one screen! Date, Day of the week, Time of Day, It does it all! American Lifetime, Newest Version, Day Clock Extra Large Impaired Vision Digital Clock with Battery Backup and 5 Alarm Options (White)

Bathroom

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This is a standard shower chair. If someone needs one, we always recommend they have a back to improve safety. The arms on this one assist with standing, or reaching back and using your arms to help lower you into the chair. The legs are adjustable for a custom height. Essential Medical Supply Shower and Bath Bench with Arms and Back

This 3 in 1 commode can be used: 1. As a stand alone toilet next to the bed; 2. As a toilet seat riser with arms over a standard toilet; 3. As a shower chair. This model has a comfortable seat and a larger opening than most 3 in 1 commodes. The legs can be adjusted to the most appropriate height for the user. It is portable, so it can be transferred from over the toilet to use as a shower chair as needed. Dignity Ultra-Premium Padded Commode/Shower Chair. Voted 1 Most Comfortable with Padded arms/backrest. Adjustable Height. Includes Free Commode Pail and Lid(Blue)

This simple toilet rail attaches under the toilet seat and allows for arms to push up from to stand, or reach for during transfers, or lowering down onto the seat. Vive Toilet Safety Rail – Adjustable Grab Bar – Compact Support Frame with Handrail for Bathroom Toilet Seat – Easy Installation for Handicap Senior Bariatrics, Elderly Balance – Padded Hand Armrest

This toilet safety arms is portable and easy to move out of the way if it is only needed every so often, or it can remain over the toilet seat. The arms are adjustable to get a “just right” fit for the user. RMS Toilet Safety Frame & Rail – Folding & Portable Bathroom Toilet Safety Rails – Handrail Toilet Bars with Adjustable Height (White)

A lot of older adults have issues with constipation. This is due to multiple factors, some of which include: inactivity, recent surgery, diet, not drinking enough fluids, medication side effects, etc. The squatty potty allows for an ergonomic positioning which aides in relief. Squatty Potty The Original Bathroom Toilet Stool, 7 Inch height, White

This clear tape can be cut to needed size to adhere to the bottom of a tub or shower. This provides a non-slip tread in order to prevent falls in the shower. 3M Safety-Walk Slip Resistant Tape, 2 in X 15 ft, Clear

This is recommended for people who have limited reach, difficulty washing their backs, feet or lower legs. Loofah Back Scrubber For Shower | Bath Sponge | Lufas For Men & Women | Includes 1 Long Handled Shower Sponge, 1 Bath & Shower Luffa Pouf & 1 Hook To Hang Stuff | Charcoal Infused

For someone who is wheelchair bound, it can be difficult to transfer them to a shower chair or tub bench. This shower wheelchair can get completely wet, and provides leg support. The bottom has an opening which allows for optimal hygiene. It moves just like a regular wheelchair, and the arms can be flipped up to get out of the way during transfers. This is best used for curbless showers, but adaptations can be made to showers with a low threshold. HOMCOM Accessibility Commode Wheelchair with 4 Castor Wheels, Rectangle Detachable Bucket, Waterproof Design, Black

Some people have trouble stepping over the edge of a tub. The edge of a tub can be kind of high and cumbersome for someone who had limited leg strength or poor balance. A tub transfer bench allows for the user to sit down, and then side over the edge of the tub while seated. This has an extra swivel seat feature which allows the user to transfer from various directions based on bathroom setup. Gateway Premium Sliding Bath Transfer Bench with Swivel Seat-Padded (Blue)

Exercise

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The thera-cane is great for targeting pressure points or knots. Thera Cane Massager: Green

Shoulder pulleys are great for improving and maintaining range of motion in your shoulders. These can be used (with medical clearance) for: after a rotator cuff repair/tear; arthritis; frozen shoulder; general weakness and decreased range of motion due to inactivity. RangeMaster Econo Ranger Shoulder Pulley │ Physical Therapy Exercises │ Aids in Recovery and Rehabilitation │ Increases Mobility │ Wooden Handles for Comfort │ Metal Bracket Door Attachment

These can all be purchased individually but this is our favorite hand strengthening exercise product. Digi-Flex 5-Piece Hand and Finger Exercise System Set

We like these dumbells because the material is soft and easy to grip. The shape of the ends allows the user to set them down without worrying they will roll off the table. CAP Barbell Neoprene Coated Dumbbell Weights (Pair), 2 lb/Small

Please contact us if you have any questions about the products or how to find a local home modification occupational therapist.

Disclaimer: When you purchase something by clicking through one of the affiliate links on our website, we receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. The commission helps us pay for the operating costs of this website so we can continue to provide you with resources for aging in place. These products are general recommendations and are not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice. Most medical equipment products are user and environment specific. Please refer to a local occupational therapist or healthcare professional for individualized, durable medical equipment recommendations. We are not liable for any misuse or warranties of recommended products.

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