It is perfectly normal for an adult child to worry about the safety of their aging parents or loved ones, especially if they live at home alone. While routine visits and weekly or daily calls can provide you with peace of mind to a certain extent, there are also a handful of products on the market that can make a senior’s home a safer place. To offer a starting point, Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of in-home care in Scottsdale, has compiled a list of the top safety products that benefit seniors and older adults.
Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) places smoke and carbon monoxide detectors at the top of their checklist for elderly home safety. Models are now also available for the hearing impaired, which use strobe lights to alert of danger. These models are pricier than their traditional counterparts, running between $80 to $150 but can go a long way in providing seniors and their loved ones with peace of mind.
Geri-Sleeve Arm Protector
Most people are unaware of Geri-sleeve arm protectors, which are designed specifically to protect sensitive skin from scratches and sheers. Often made of a breathable cotton-blend, they are comfortable and easy to clean. Medline makes one of the most highly rated versions, with multiple styles and colors available from $15 to $30.
This type of tape is intended for easy application wherever you need grip such as on steps, ramps, and ladders. While industrial options are available, 3M makes several varieties that won’t break the bank ($13/roll). Outdoor or indoor options are comfortable for bare feet and allow you to customize your surfaces.
Grab bars offer extra help going down stairs or short steps, or getting in and out of the bathtub. Moen’s Grab Bar is highly rated for quality and appearance. They even offer a grab bar with shelf or grab bar toilet paper holders for installation throughout the bathroom. Depending on size, Moen’s grab bars run from $30 to $60 per bar and $30 for the mounts. While grab bars offer numerous benefits to seniors, they are especially helpful for seniors who have recently undergone surgery or been hospitalized. Grab bars are often a part of post-hospital care plan to promote a safe and fast recovery. Have an aging loved one who has recently suffered a fall or injury? Learn more about post-hospital care in Scottsdale.
Anti-Scald Shower Head
The CPSC recommends turning water heaters down to 120 degrees. If adjusting the water heater isn’t an option, an anti-scald shower head reduces the flow of water to a trickle when temperatures get too high and automatically restarts when temperature cools. American Valve makes a popular version at $40.
Installing any or all of the above products in your aging loved one’s home can help ensure their safety and security, as well as their comfort. If you think your loved one may need additional assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact Home Care Assistance of Scottsdale today. Offering hourly and live-in care in Scottsdale, our clients have the freedom to choose the care schedule that best meets their individual needs. To find out more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation, please contact a Care Manager at 480-448-6215.
All of the above products are listed for informational purposes only and do not represent an endorsement by (or for) Home Care Assistance.