These days, more and more independent elderly parents are living in their homes. They opt for living in the familiar environment to save money and reduce stress. But, if the home doesn’t have necessary safety products, it may be dangerous for them. First, let’s decide if your parents need these items.
Deciding If Your Parents Need Accessibility Products
While not all parents will talk to you about what they need in their home, it would help them feel better and more secure if they had some of these items. But, how do you figure out what they need? Here are tips on how to determine if these accessibility products are necessary.
Listen for the signs from your parents: If a parent complains about particular tasks or doesn’t want to do a task, ask them why they don’t want to do it. It could be that something bothers them about doing this task. Make a note and do some research. I found several sites online that market directly to elder people and their children to help them feel more independent. There are also medical supply stores that also carry these items. When my dad was sick, I visited one near me, and they had some great products to help him feel more independent.
Walk around the house with them and ask them if particular tasks (i.e. taking a shower, going to the restroom, cooking, etc…) bothers them. They may not think it is an issue until you bring attention to them about it.
Be sure to make them aware that you are only asking to make them feel more comfortable not to say they can’t do it the way they have been doing it. These tips keep your parents feeling in control of their home as well as, giving them the opportunity to make it even better for them.
Now that you have determined that you will need a few of these items in your parent’s home, here are six gift ideas that will help them feel more independent.
Doorknob extenders: These are affordable for your parents that have the regular handles in their home.
Key holder variety pack: The kit below comes with 3 Key, 2 Lamp and 1 Doorknob Turner. This gift will help them make these small tasks easier and less frustrating.
Wrist/Ankle Weights: When your parent sits a lot, they may be losing muscle. This item helps if your parent is weak and sit often. They can sit and use them, and it will help them feel stronger. There are different weights, but this one is 1 lb. I would start with lighter weights for beginners.
Grabber tool: Ideally, it would be awesome to have everything within arms reach, but that doesn’t happen most of the time. This is great to help your parent in the kitchen and closets/garages. It will give them the independence to do things on their own instead of waiting for you to come and get something down for them.
Anti-slip safety strips: These are ideal for old tubs or showers that don’t have them or are worn. You can add them directly to the bathtub to help a parent feel more confident.
Grips to help open jars and other stuff: I have these in my kitchen, and they work great. I primarily use the red one because it helps with opening jars. With a little turn, it pops the lid and opens up quickly.
I hope this helps you with buying gifts for your parent. If you want more information or want to read about my “Helping your parents” series, please feel free to click below.
For a complete list of Home Fixes check out this link from AARP. It is very thorough and helpful to see what hazards are in each room of a person’s home.
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