For some people, avoiding fall injuries requires just a little bit of help.
Medical devices available today go well beyond the stereotypical walkers and chair rails associated with the frail. Manufacturers are designing safety gear for aging baby boomers determined to avoid fall injuries and remain active for years to come.
Some of the more popular gadgets are known for the convenience and portability, says Nancy Simmer, manager at Suncoast Medicare Supply Co. in St. Petersburg. They include the following items available at their store or online at www.suncoastmedicare.com.
Foldable walking cane $27.95
This easy-to-store cane comes in handy if you occasionally feel unsteady. It easily stores in a purse or satchel.
Bath safetysuction cup $29.95
It's a guard rail you can take wherever you go. Simple clamps secure the suction cups and a white plastic handle to any smooth wall or counter surface. It provides an assist when you need help getting up or leaning over.
Afraid you'll lose your balance if you bend over to get the morning paper or stretch for a can of soup? This extender keeps you grounded while helping you grab the things you need.