What Type Of Standing Aid Do You Need?
There are a wide range of products in this category, some offer features that could have a much more positive impact on your life than others. We’re going to talk about the different types of standing aids and what you should be looking for when making a purchase.
Standard “Under The Mattress” Aid
The majority of the products we reviewed fit into this category. They go underneath the mattress where a strap is tied around them which then goes underneath the box spring. These are the most common, but they are not the most stable option because the strap can become loose. If you have limited mobility, you won’t be able to fix the strap yourself and you may not notice it is loose until it is too late. This does not mean you shouldn’t consider this type of product; it is essential to check the straps regularly before you get into the bed so that you can alert someone that they need to check on it and make sure everything is tight before you get back up.
Tension Mounted Poles
We reviewed a tension-mounted stander pole above and believe it is an excellent tool for preventing falls for seniors aging in place.This is an excellent way to ensure you have the support you need to get up, especially in areas where the floor is slippery or you are completely seated Typically, you find these poles in bathrooms where they are used to help you get in and out of the tub and to help you sit down on the toilet. They are easy to install because they use pressure to hold them in place. This makes the pole easy to remove as well, and it does not leave any damage on the ceiling.
What To Look For In A Stand Assist Device
There are a few important things to look for in standing aids. You want to keep a close eye on these features and make sure your potential product has them.
You need to make sure that the product you are choosing has straps that run around the box spring to prevent the rail from tipping over. Some rails sit using only the weight of your mattress and that might be sufficient for some people who need minimal support. I If you have limited mobility and you put a good amount of weight on the rail to get up, you will likely require a different type of product.
The best handrail has a lot of rubber on it to help you grip it better. This enables you to get over to it when you are laying down because you can grab on and pull yourself up. It also helps to make sure your hands do not slip off when you are putting your weight on it. A rail with rubber grips can become dangerous after frequent use because the areas where you put your hands most frequently will become worn down and slippery. This can cause falls, so it is important to inspect your rail regularly to make sure it is safe and sound.
Your handrail needs to be adjustable to your needs or else you will get something that is not entirely perfect for you. Not everyone is the same height and not every mattress is the same height so you have no way of knowing if the rail is going to work correctly for you unless you can adjust it to.
For seniors aging in place, stand assist devices can give you the confidence to move through your day complete tasks that may otherwise create anxiety. There are a wide range of products to choose from, so decide what your area of greatest need is and jot down the features, sizes, and uses that would benefit you and your space the most. At the end of the day, aging in place should be fulfilling and safe and these products can make your home the safe haven you deserve.