Many seniors are still very independent, often still living alone and bypassing senior care facilities. For those who strive to live at home without the help of others, there can pose a few challenges along the way. However, with a little assistance from some helpful items, living alone as a senior is possible. Here are our top five must-have items for seniors living alone.
1. Shower Chairs
For seniors, a fall in the shower can be devastating to their overall health and mobility. Have peace of mind with a shower chair, designed specifically for seniors with limited mobility or those who are beginning to have mobility issues. It's not worth the risk of a fall, and shower chairs make the perfect addition to many bathrooms. Many brands don't even require tools to assemble and are rust-proof with wider legs for increased stability in the shower.
2. Medical Alert Systems
We live in an age where help is just a click away. Get medical assistance with the click of a button, no matter where you are. Many new medical alert systems come equipped with advanced GPS tracking, making locating seniors in trouble effortless. Medical alert systems work in a variety of places, including:
· At home
· Running errands
· In the car
· On a walk
The ability to received immediate medical response is what makes this one of the top must-have items for independent seniors, providing them with the assurance that they need in order to live alone with confidence.
3. Grab Bars
Grab bars are easily installed and provide assistance with getting up from the toilet, out of the shower, or virtually anywhere else in the home where a little extra help is needed. Reduce the risk of a fall in these areas of the home that tend to be problematic. Grab bars come in a variety of different styles; some of which require installation and some varieties are suction-based.
4. Jar Openers
Many seniors who strive to stay independent can struggle with everyday tasks in the kitchen. For those who have reduced strength, opening a jar can be a challenge. That's why there are mechanical, automatic jar openers available that make this task easier, reducing limitations in the kitchen.
5. Gripped Bath Mat
For those who wish to shower without the assistance of a shower chair, gripped bath mats can decrease the chance of slipping and falling. These gripped mats alleviate this risk, providing a non-slip surface in potentially one of the most dangerous areas of the home for seniors.
Independence is completely attainable as a senior and with the help of these trusted items, seniors living alone can have increased confidence and are more comfortable taking care of themselves, as opposed to opting for a care facility. Have increased peace of mind by incorporating these items into the home.
**For informational purposes only, reSettled Life® states that these are viewed as helpful items, reSettled Life does not replace the advice or opinion of trusted medical or legal professionals.