Vehicle safety: What devices could help my husband get himself out of the car?

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What devices could help my husband get himself out of the car?

Question

With my husband’s increasing frailty, he’s beginning to have trouble getting in and out of the car on his own. We can’t afford to buy a new car, so what can you recommend?

Our answer

Car Caddie, by Stander Inc.There are a number of products designed to help individuals with limited mobility get into and out of the car. Below are direct links to some products - ranging in price from $20 to $70 (Cdn) - that you may wish to explore:

  • The Automobility Solution, by Stander Inc.Stander Car Caddie (at agecomfort.com) is a strap with a handle that is held in place by a closed vehicle window. This product costs about $20 to $25 (Cdn), plus a shipping fee.
  • HandyBar, by Stander Inc.Stander Automobility Solution (at Seniors Store) includes a soft swiveling seat cushion that lets a person pivot their legs around and a bar that attaches easily into the door latch for extra help in pulling oneself up. This device costs about $70 (Cdn), plus a shipping fee.
  • HandyBar by Stander (at Walmart Canada) slips onto any door latch and can be purchased separately. This device costs about $35 (Cdn).

Your husband may also be interested in completing a BC Government falls risk questionnaire to determine his risk of falling as well as actions he can take to prevent falls and remain independent.

 

Some technologies and devices may require an in-person assessment. Speak with your health care provider for additional information and support.

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