There are several reasons for needing in home medical supplies at an
advance age. For the most part, the need of a medical equipment will be due to either chronic medical conditions, or suffering serious injuries.
For instance, you suffered from a broken hip that required surgery, and you were prescribed with both a front wheel walker and a 3 in 1 commode. Additionally, you will likely have physical therapy for a few weeks, to help you during your recovery period.
When you follow your doctor’s protocols, and unless you have other underline health conditions, you will transition from a walker to a cane in a short period of time. It will depend on mostly your own progress, and performance with physical therapy. It is very important to maintain physical activity during this time, especially if you don’t want to rely on a walker permanently.
On the other hand you might be experiencing osteoporosis and arthritis in your joints. Subsequently, your physician or therapist has determined you will need a walker, and other in home medical supplies. These conditions are chronic, and normally will require a more aggressive intervention; which is a joint replacement surgery.
Seek the advice of your primary care physician, and an orthopedic doctor if you are experiencing any of the above, and/or related health conditions. Like with any health conditions, prompt follow up with your primary care doctor, and specialists is key to a successful recovery.
Nevertheless, maintaining self independence with daily living activities is strongly encouraged, and as health condition allows. Use your judgment as a caregiver when providing supervision, and allowing self care to the elderly.
Older adults experiencing serious health conditions such as Alzheimer’s, and dementia are never to be allowed alone, or without supervision for any period of time; including during sleep.
For those patients that are bed bound, and require much more assistance at home; work with your primary care provider as there are several medical supplies that a bed bound patient might need. For example, a hospital bed, a wheelchair, a 3 in 1 commode, a tub transfer bench (this last one no health insurance will cover), and a hoyer lift, just to name a few.
Your primary physician is the one who can justify medical necessity; often with the guidance of his own staff members, or the medical equipment companies. Just make sure you work closely with your physician and the designated equipment company.
For the patients that are terminally or severely ill, and are under, or in the progress to sign with hospice, they are provided with all the medical equipment from hospice. This is to aid in patient’s comfort throughout the disease, and terminal condition, and the same include but is not limited to a hospital bed, wheelchair, home oxygen, etc.
Reaching the golden years itself is a great accomplishment nowadays. Ensuring a safe transition throughout every step of the way, and maintaining good primary care follow up is key to increase your chances of living longer. Nevertheless, obtaining all the necessary medical equipment and supplies is not only recommended, but essential.
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