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Safety must-haves for your aging loved one

Safety must-haves for your aging loved one

There is nothing more comforting than knowing that your aging loved one will be able to continue living at home as opposed to moving into a care facility. And although the value of dignity and independence are great, there are still some measures that must be put into place to ensure true peace of mind for all involved.

By implementing certain products and equipment, family members can rest assured that their aging loved one is safe and sound at home and on their own. AgingCare.com compiled the following list of at-home care essentials, and we here at Freedom Home Care believe that most of these items are simple to install or introduce into the home. If you have any questions when outfitting a home for an elderly individual, however, don’t hesitate to reach out to us for advice.

  • Emergency
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    response system (an electronic device designed to summon help in an emergency)

  • Riser for the toilet seat
  • Grab bars for the toilet and shower
  • Hand-held shower head
  • Bath bench
  • Bedroom products (beds, over-bed tables, pads)
  • Medicine droppers and spoons
  • Button loopers and zipper pulls, for easier dressing
  • Specialized dinnerware, to enable eating with one hand
  • Single-lever faucets for kitchen and bath
  • Touch-tone telephones with large numbers, speaker or hands-free telephones and TDD
  • Talking clocks, wristwatches and calculators, for people with poor vision
  • Kitchen implements that make opening cans and bottles, peeling potatoes, and cutting and dicing vegetables easier
  • “Reachers” –  pincher-like devices for people who have a weak grasp or limited mobility, to eliminate bending over or having to reach for objects
  • “Safety net” – A list of who to call in case of emergency to keep it by the phone
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