How to Find the Right At-Home Support Products
If you are reading this, we can assume that you are in the process of searching for safety support products for yourself or someone you know that requires assistance.
Well, you have come to the right place.
There are 6 key elements to look for when you are looking to invest in safety support products.
- Cost vs. Value
- Potential locations
If you find a product that meets all six of the elements, then most likely it will be a great investment.
The first thing that you should consider is where you need support products.
Identify the room where you or your loved one requires support. For example, do you or the individual struggle getting in and out of the bath?
Getting out of bed? sitting down or standing up?
This will make your search much more simple. We have compiled a table below that highlights what support products work best with what movements.
|Getting out of bed||Assista-Rail, Smart-Rail, SuperPole, SuperBar, SuperTrapeze|
|Getting on and off the toilet||PT-Rail, SuperPole, SuperBar, Advantage-Rail, Easy-mount grab bar|
|Getting in and out of the shower/bath||Dependa-Bar, SuperPole, SuperBar, Advantage-Rail, Easy-mount grab bars|
|Sitting down and standing up||SuperPole, SuperBar, Advantage-Rail|
This is probably one of the most important areas to look for in safety support products. After all, this product is going to be supporting you.
If it’s not made out of quality materials, you can expect that it may not last.
For most products, you want to see if they are made out of some sort of steel, whether its alloy-steel or stainless.
If you are looking for bathroom support exclusively, then you want to make sure that the product is made out of stainless steel to avoid rusting and bacteria build up.
Although products made with quality materials tend to be more expensive, they will last much longer and provide safer support.
Looking over the functions of a product is extremely valuable to ensure that the movements or support that is provided will work for the person seeking this assistance.
If it is a simple grab bar that you are looking for, you know the function that is expected.
The functionality we are speaking about is in support products that feature moving parts to allow for extended range of motions.
It is essential to look at the process of those movements and the kind of strength that you require to put it into action.
For example, if someone suffers from arthritis, a knob-pulling movement probably isn’t the best choice.
Look for products that are easily movable and don’t create more stress or require more strength for an individual. Our SuperBar is a great example of great functionality.
Although this may not seem like a feature to look into, depending on the kind of product you are looking for, there may be alternatives that cost less, save space and time.
If you are looking for in bed assistance or something else to assist in mobility, finding an option with an easy installation can be very beneficial to the final cost of a product.
Don’t weigh your options too much on this element, but it is always something that you should consider.
Cost vs. Value
This element is pretty obvious and we are sure you take this into consideration when purchasing anything.
When it comes to cost and value, you need to understand, for the most part:
You get what you pay for.
9 times out of 10, if you are comparing two similar items with a significant cost difference, you can be assured that the one that costs less will do its job but won’t last as long. Of course, this is up to your judgement at the end of the day.
What we advise you to do is find two similar products to compare their specs and price to help make your final decision.
Location & Versatility
Safety Support products come in all shapes and sizes and are made for various rooms in the home.
Make sure you are able to identify where the support and assistance is needed most. This will help narrow down the initial searches.
Be aware that there are products out there that are versatile in where they can be installed.
For example, our SuperPole is outfitted to allow for installation in any room of the home as long as the ceiling height permits. However, products such as a bed safety rail is designed only to fit the bed.
When it’s all said and done, it is your decision on what you purchase, but make sure you think about the following:
Material quality, function and value first and then look into additional features like versatility and installation.
We hope you make the right choice for yourself.
Good luck and happy shopping.