My grandmother is supposed to come live with me soon. She's pretty much capable of taking care of herself, except that her fear of falling makes her need a small amount of assistance with certain things.
Anyway... I need to buy some things for her like safety/hand bars in the bathroom at the toilet and bathtub. I'm trying to determine exactly what she needs so we don't spend money on useless things.
I'd like opinions on the following items:
1 raised, easily removable toilet seat -$22 (she's used one in the past)
1 folding beside commode with removable bucket - $36 (this would be in case the downstairs bathroom is occupied, plus if needed, this commode can be placed over a regular toilet as it has a raised toilet seat and handle bars for support)
1 shower head with extra long hose - $19 (I'd probably pay for this myself since I can always use it later)
1 suction cup shower head holder - $11 (this would hold the shower head to the shower walls at a sitting position)
1 bathtub transfer bench with backrest - $54 - (hopefully Grandma would use this to bathe with assistance - the only issue would be with getting her legs over the side of the tub)
1 adjustable, removable bathtub grab bar - $34 (this attaches to the side of the tub and I feel is safer than a suction mounted bar)
1 non-slip bathtub bath mat - $10 (this would be as an added precaution - it may not even be necessary)
1 floor to ceiling adjustable security pole with grab bar - $155 (this could be used at the toilet and moved to the shower and back as needed by me - it eliminates installing bars into the wall)
1 wheelchair - $200 (this would only be needed to get Grandma in and out of the house as there are two small steps she's terrified to go up and down - plus I'd probably use it for her to get her to go out places as she dislikes walking long distances).
Total: $541 + tax
What do you all think?
I'm not sure how she's going to feel about bathing. Up until June, she was giving herself a sponge bath at home. Then her and Grandpa moved to an assisted living facility because he had terminal cancer. She's been recieving aided baths there, but she doesn't have to step over anything as it's a walk in bathtub. She complains about it being cold in there so she claims the nurse aide is giving her sponge baths. So I don't know what things will be like when she moves in with me. I'm not sure if I should wait on the bathtub items or go ahead and buy them. Personally, I think she needs to bathe at least once per week as she has incontinence and wears adult diapers. It just seems like a bath/shower is the best way to get everything off, you know?