Allowing our seniors to age in place safely poses new challenges with the pandemic. Many families that are caring for their own children as well as their aging families are often called the “sandwich generation”. This obviously adds additional stress and concerns. Caregivers may have less ability to check in on their aging family members due to homeschooling, increased work and family demands. To help with these dynamic stressors, here are 5 of the most cost-effective safety devices on the market.
The First Alert Motion Activated Light Socket automatically turns lights on and off when you enter or leave a room. It offers a 360-degree motion sensor within a 12-foot radius. This device is helpful in dark spaces such as basements, laundry rooms, attics, garages, and other dark spaces. It is easily installed and compatible with all indoor light sockets. This will help to ensure rooms have proper lighting to avoid falls.
This simple weekly medication planner is easy to fill and a great way to ensure your loved one is taking their medications as prescribed. You can fill the medication planner weekly, or enlist the help of a friend or agency. The weekly medication planner allows for independence in medication management with family oversight.
There are also more advanced medication reminders such as a Med Minder (see link below) . This is an automatic medication dispenser. It is most costly, yet a great next step for people that need more reminding.
Lightweight foldable design in this grabber extension tool is a lifesaver for seniors. It can be used to pick up items dropped on the floor. The easy pull trigger reduces labor intensity even for those with weakness in their hands.
Consider these inexpensive and easy to use tools for home safety. With minimal investment, you can buy some peace of mind and safety for your loved one!