While growing older is something to celebrate, it can come with challenges that make daily tasks more difficult. However, maintaining an independent lifestyle can sometimes be achieved with home safety products for seniors. If someone you love is feeling unsafe or uncomfortable at home, we’ve compiled a list of products that will assist them throughout their daily routine and help them enjoy an independent, easygoing lifestyle.
Home Safety Products for Seniors
Bathroom Safety Products
A grab bar is an incredibly simple enhancement that will make your tub and shower much safer in case of slips or falls. Grab bars come in a range of prices and styles. While some of the more heavy-duty grab bars screw into the wall and can hold up to 500 lbs, there are also grab bars made to help you balance in the shower that are easy to install, as they suction right to the shower wall.
Elevated Toilet Seat
Elevated toilet seats are great home safety products for seniors because they make sitting down and standing up from the toilet much easier on the hips and knees. Elevated toilet seats typically come in standard and elongated varieties, so be sure and check the shape of your toilet to ensure you buy the correct one. You can also buy an elevated toilet seat that comes with handles, which will make getting off the toilet even easier.
Bedroom Safety Products
A bed rail is a useful product that can help you get in and out of bed. It can also allow you to easily adjust your position while lying down and can prevent you from accidentally falling off the bed while sleeping. As there are many bed rail options available, you’ll want to do a little research to determine which one is best suited to your needs. Some allow you to slide them out of sight when not in use, some have pockets so you can store items by the bedside, and others are adjustable so you can change the length according to your size.
Motion-sensing lights will allow you to walk to the bathroom at night without fumbling to turn on a lamp or light switch. There are many different versions available, including battery-powered sconces and plug-in lights you can put in your outlets.
Other Safety Products
Medical Alert System
Medical alert systems allow you or a loved one to push a button to call for help in case of an emergency. Emergency response systems can be life-saving home safety products for seniors, as they provide peace of mind so you can maintain an independent lifestyle. Because there are many different medical alert systems on the market, research to find one that fits your needs. Consumer Reports consulted with experts, and they recommended that you focus on the following factors when deciding which alert system is right for you:
- Option of wristband and/or neck pendant
- Works for a user’s specific disability
- Includes help buttons that can be mounted to the wall in multiple rooms
- Offers its own monitoring system with specialists on hand for immediate aid
Finally, check that the monitoring center for your chosen medical alert system has been certified by Underwriters Laboratories (a nonprofit safety and consulting company).
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