How to make the right equipment choice - Homecare Equipment Services

How to make the right equipment choice

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Perhaps your patient or loved one needs a walking stick or walker for the first time, or you are considering installing shower chairs or grab bars to make their home more accessible.

How can you ensure you are investing in the right type of equipment, especially if this is your first time buying assisted living products for someone?

Keep reading to learn more about locating the best home care items for your patient, friend or relative:

Consider Their Needs

Is your loved one recovering from surgery, battling a long-term illness, or experiencing limited mobility due to their advancing age?

Adaptive products can be used for short-term and long-range needs, but you should consider your options carefully.

Would it be easier to navigate in a wheelchair or walking frame?

Post-surgery, are crutches useful or is a knee walker a better option?

You can also focus on bathroom aids or consider other areas of the home that may benefit from adaptive equipment such as bed blocks, chairs, blood pressure monitors, and personal care items.

Look for Adjustable Options

People have different limitations that can make getting around the home difficult.

When purchasing equipment, look for items that can be adjusted depending on your family member’s needs.

Toilet seat raisers come in different widths and heights, and you can choose from a wide assortment of stools and chairs to use as resting points around the house.

Mobility equipment, in particular, should be fully adjustable to ensure your friend or relative is not reaching or straining in any way.

Buy “Best of Breed” Equipment

Have you ever purchased something new, only to have it fall apart within a few days or weeks?

Cheap and nasty assisted living equipment will not last, and it may compromise your loved one’s safety in the meantime.

Homecare Equipment Services offers “Best of Breed” equipment that is superior quality and built to last. As a hire service we only stock products with robustness and durability in mind.

We offer a 12-month warranty on all purchased equipment.  Note that conditions apply.

Inferior products will not save you money in the long run, and they likely will not be as easy to use.

You will also be hard pressed to receive after sales service on cheap inferior products as the vendors are only out for a quick sale where Homecare Equipment are keen to assist for as long as you need equipment.

Beware of purchasing cheaper inferior equipment

Consider price versus cost over time.

Let’s say you pay $100 for an item as opposed to paying a few dollars less for a cheaper inferior item and you want to use it for 5 years.

The cheaper inferior item will no doubt fall apart after 3 months.

We have seen this many times when people come in with their defective item purchased elsewhere asking us to fix something which cannot be fixed.

They are frustrated because they didn’t receive a warranty and their original vendor doesn’t have the facility or inclination to fix their problem.

They have wasted their money trying to buy a cheaper item.

Then if you look at the “cost” over 5 years for a better item purchased from us for $100, it ends up costing you just 5 cents per day with the peace of mind knowing that you have after sales service available to you at any time!

A much better investment.

I am reminded of the quote by Benjamin Franklin: “the bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of price is forgotten.”

Hiring or Buying Equipment

If your patient or relative needs assistive products for a post-surgery recovery period or you are not sure if they will adapt to using a toilet riser or other aid, consider hiring rather than purchasing equipment.

If you decide to implement the product for long-term use, it may be purchased at a discounted rate. Alternatively, you can buy brand new equipment in the same style or switch to a different size or type.

Hiring equipment can help make short-term needs less expensive, and it also gives your loved one a chance to either adapt to an aid or request adjustments or changes.

Choose a Trusted Provider

Homecare Equipment products make the healthcare practitioner’s or carer’s job easier by helping your patient or family member maintain both independence and safety.

With over 17 years of experience in the field, our company has a proven track record of equipping individuals, healthcare professionals, and hospitals with the best equipment for their needs.

Drop in to our showroom, browse our selection online, or call us at (08) 8338 7988 to discuss your options and receive a free, no-obligation quote and advice.

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