A Gaggle of Gadgets
There are gadgets that make a caregiver's life easier. We started out with a few adding more over the years. Below is a picture gallery of what works for us. You can buy most of these items in the medical equipment section of stores like Walmart, Walgreens or Costco or you can order them online from big online retailers (Amazon, Jet), or you can order them from companies that specialize in medical equipment. Do an online search for the item by name and you'll see all the places you can buy them, plus compare prices. Some are functional and fun, like Dad's headlights for his walker.
One category of supplies is called DME (durable medical equipment). This includes things like wheelchairs, walkers, canes, commodes or anything that gets repeated use over time. Supplies are not reusable. A few supplies are covered by Medicare (diabetic supplies for example) but most are not.
Items covered by Medicare require a doctor's order but there are conditions, too many to cover here. Not all medical supply stores are contracted with Medicare. Find the contracted store in your area by going to Medicare.gov, scroll down to Equipment and Supplies, enter your zip code. My area is a competitive bidding area. That means contracted stores can change every time Medicare renews contracts and one category of equipment is contracted at one store and another category at a different store. I have to click on the category to find the contracted store. Most stores will tell you if they are contracted. I know it's confusing. If you have questions, ask me in the comments below and I'll try to help
What Works At Out House