With the Baby Boomer Generation standing on the brink of their senior years, the medical industry is seeing a surge in the demand for senior age-related medical equipment. Today, with all of the advancements in modern medicine, people are living well into their “golden years”. This aging population is beginning to encounter a variety of medical conditions that are creating personal limitations that decrease their mobility. Consequently, this dependence is rapidly creating a boom in the medical equipment industry.
Since many seniors are too proud and attempt to conceal their limitations of functions, physicians and caretakers should pay careful attention to their needs for assistive devices. Physicians will evaluate an individual patient’s impairment to determine if and what type of medical equipment is needed to improve a specific medical condition and the duration it should be used for. Some common reasons for seeking senior related medical equipment includes trouble walking, hearing loss, or difficulty using ordinary household items such as toilets, bathtubs, and showers. It is also important that the patient is able to operate and utilize the prescribed medical equipment.
Medical supply companies are also promoting many products such as lift seats, safety railings, raised for the elderly population. This type of medical equipment often eases the burden for patients that require assistance to function independently or are being looked after by a caretaker who is not skilled toilet seats, shower chairs/benches, and special shower heads, which provide comfort and convenience in nursing care. In addition, some medical equipment specifically aids in treating specific ailments or diseases. For example, some seniors require access to devices such as nebulizers, oxygen tanks, catheters, etc. These types of medical devices are not sold to the general population without a prescription from a doctor.
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