There are many medical devices that are available to people to make living within their home a safer option. Unfortunately many times people, especially the elderly do not realize that the equipment is available and that there are many insurance plans that will pay for all or a portion of the cost of the items. Having the medical equipment in the home may mean he difference between living independently and needing to move to a care facility.
Many times people that have had strokes need to have a great deal of rehabilitation prior to safely returning to their home. When my father in law had a stroke he spent three weeks in the rehabilitation wing of the hospital. By the end of the three weeks he was able to dress himself with minimal assistance, feed himself and walk with the aid of a four prong cane. He was not able to get in and out of an easy chair because of weakness on his left side. Their home could not accommodate a wheel chair. The occupational therapist recommended getting him one of the lift chairs for the living room. This would give him an alternative to resting in bed. The lift chairs feature a motorized mechanism that raises and lowers the chair. When the person wants to sit down in the lift chairs they need to stand in front of it and push a button that raises the chair. The person then bends their knees and pushes the button for the chair to lower back down. When they want to get out of the lift chairs they simply push the button to have it rise back up until they are in a standing position. Most of the lift chairs are also recliners. They look like any other recliner that you would have in any living room area. Medicare pays for the mechanism portion of the chair. Most medical suppliers will be able to divide out the cost of the portion that the insurance pays for and what the consumer is responsible for. My father in law was uncomfortable getting in and out of the lift chairs at the store, but one we had one in his living room he used it by himself several times each day.
Other crucial equipment needs are properly installed grab bars in the bathroom areas as well as rails for the beds. The bedrails can help a person get up and down from a prone position. Another safety device is the first call for help or safety alert buttons that the person can use to get help if they need it when they are alone.