Any number of devices and/or space adjustments can go a long way toward helping your parent (and you) feel more secure and capable of coping with independent living. Here are 10 suggestions:
1. Make certain the smoke detector and carbon monoxide alarms in your parent’s home have fresh batteries and are fully functional.
2 Use an amplified telephone with enlarged buttons and caller ID, which allows sight-and/or hearing-impaired individuals to make and receive calls easily.
3 Acquire rubber grips for faucets and door knobs, rubber jar openers and rubber corner guards, which enable people with arthritis or a weakened grip to securely grasp and turn round knobs and open jars. Place the corner guards on tabletops and counters to avoid sharp edges.
4. Medication organizers- Plastic boxes that contain a section for each day of the week, allowing you and/or your parent to organize medications seven days at a time. This eliminates the need for lugging multiple bottles two or three times a day. You might also ask for non childproof caps at the pharmacy to make it easier for your parent to open the containers.
5. A medical alarm system- These emergency response systems provide assistance round the clock. In most cases, a plan is created, containing your parent’s medical history, medications, physicians’ names and telephone numbers and a list of family members. In the case of a fall or other medical emergency, the services will dispatch medical personnel directly to your parent’s home and then notify you.
6. Replace standard flip switches with larger, easier to use rocker switches throughout the house.
7. Replace older appliances with newer ones that turn off automatically- irons, electric heaters and fans that are left on can be hazardous.
8. Raise the light level in the home- increase bulb wattage, add nightlights, especially in hallways and near stairs, and add lights in all closets.
9. In the kitchen, replace heavy pans with lighter ones.
10. Install revolving shelves or use a lazy Susan to access items in deep cabinets.
The above information was provided by Elder Parent Giving.com