Devices to reduce the costs of caring for a person with Alzheimer
A research has been conducted to highlight the costs of caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease.
Studies reveal that caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease costs more than 35,000 dollars per year and that this situation is present in one in four of the households in each country.
Costs include diagnostic tests, doctor visits, hospitalization, prescription drugs, over-the-counter products, long-term care and salary associated with the care to be provided by caregivers.
According to these needs, the average cost would be 32,274 dollars per year in the initial phase, 38,635 in the intermediate phase and 32,760 in the advanced phase of the disease.
There is almost no physical store and only several online stores but with little variety of products to help the mobility and/or support of these people, to be able to eat or drink without spilling the food, to be able to dress, to take medication, and many other acts of daily life that are extremely difficult for these people and that are an overload of attention and effort to their caregivers.
All the solutions we have mentioned are listed in our buying guides, where you can find a wide range of product information for people with reduced mobility or with some kind of disability.
Also in our catalog, we have collected some examples of products such as bed sheets for bedridden people so that they do not fall out of bed, special glasses for Parkinson or bedridden people, discs that help mobility and transfer of elderly in the car, at home… there are many products that we can offer and they are beneficial for anyone who is limited in mobility at some point in their lives temporarily for a surgery, accident, etc..
Alzheimer’s patients have difficulties eating and drinking on their own, but we must preserve as much as possible of the autonomy they still possess and try to get the patient to do so until they are unable to do so.
(1) A glass with a nipple or straw will make it easier to drink liquids.
(2) A plate with a rim will make the patient, who is still able to eat on his own, push the content of the plate without the tablecloth or table being spilled.
(3) A hand-shaped cutlery, as if it were a rake, will make it easier for the patient to prolong the gesture of his hand on the cutlery and make it easier for him to catch the food, especially if it is soft.
(4) and (5) A safe shower grip will make it possible for the patient, even if he or she is not able to shower, to tell him or her to hold on to it when he or she is still in balance and is not in an advanced stage of the disease but needs help to cleanse.
(6) When the patient is unable to hold the standing position and it is dangerous to wash him in the bath because he lacks balance, we should consider the help that allows us to shower him sitting as shown in the photograph
(7) A handle near the toilet will provide safety for the sick person and the ability to stand upright within what the disease allows, and above all will make it easier for the caregiver to keep the person framed inside the toilet so that they can do their needs without swinging or moving sideways. There are people who prefer to install two handles, one on each side so that the patient can stand upright.
The new technologies are giving an opportunity to the elderly with physical or mental difficulties, allowing them to become independent before were unthinkable.
Since accidents can be more than common at certain ages, devices are being developed that can help the user to completely eliminate, if not prevent, certain unfortunate events. Among them, one of the most outstanding is the fall detector.
The fall detector is a personal use device that sends a distress signal to a specific caregiver in the event that it detects an anomaly. There are all kinds of accelerometers – a component capable of measuring the acceleration of the device that carries it – that send a help signal connected to seats or beds; attached to the patient by means of a belt; performing a joint action with video cameras…
This is only a small extract of the technical aids that can be installed without being obliged to carry out a work or to pay a large amount of money.