Once you or someone you care for has made the decision to age at home and you’ve made some safety modifications to help you remain independently at home, you’re still not ready for the future. In addition to planning for some outside help when you can’t do it alone, you need to become a Techie. Don’t panic assuming this means you must become proficient in the use of computers and ultra modern technological gizmos — we’re talking about some basic and simple devices that will go a long way toward helping you or a loved one live more independently. In a survey by AARP of people over 50 years of age, one-third of them used a variety of tools to help them remain independent. There’s a reason for this —- it works!
In the kitchen, an under counter opener mounted below the upper cabinets would make opening jars and bottles an easy task for those with a weak grip or suffering from arthritis. There are also vegetable peelers that clip on a finger and fit in the palm of your hand. Mixing bowls with non-slip bottoms and can openers with a soft grip help cut down on messes and accidents. If you need to climb up to reach a cabinet, a footstool with an attached waist high bar will be more sturdy and safe. A nice low tech timer will remind you to turn off a burner or remind you when food is done in the oven.
Other items that may help you in your home include clocks with an easy to read LED display that show both the day and date, oversized TV remote controls that are easy to read and hard to misplace, and wireless doorbell signals that flash a light when the doorbell is rung. For those who have a hard time getting in or out of the car, you can get a portable swivel cushion seat. For those who need help getting around, there are a wide variety of canes (folding, adjustable, four-pronged) available. Walkers can provide even more stability and some even have seats attached to them. Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS) are available to summon emergency help 24 hours a day in case of a fall or other accident. These involve wearing a bracelet or pendant with a button to push when there is an emergency. These are just a few of the many products available to help you and your loved ones go about the activities of daily life. If you need more information about a Personal Emergency Response System please visit us at: http://www.trilliumhomecare.com