Helpful Products for Aging Adults
When’s the last time you ran errands and discovered that you forgot something on your list? Whether you’re taking care of an aging relative or just yourself, it’s always important to be prepared with products that you can use every day. We have researched 6 items, 2 of which we carry, that we believe will help make life a little easier, safer and comfortable for you. The following products can be used for all ages of seniors, from ones that may have full-time caregivers to ones that are fully active.
- Adult bibs - Helpful for meal times and while administering medication, these extra-large adult bibs are designed especially for adults. The larger bibs protect against the lightest dribbles to heavier messes. These bibs are ideal for aging adults that may need a little more protection if a couple of crumbs or spills happen to escape the table, to the seniors that have complete loss of control over their movements. The bib sits comfortably around the neck and has a built-in crumb catcher that is easy to empty when needed.
- Washable bed pads – Seniors managing incontinence aren’t the only ones that can benefit from these thick bed pads. These can also help protect furniture and floors for puppies and older dogs.
- Heating pads – Lower back pain, shingles, and osteoarthritis are just some of the common conditions that affect seniors. It has also been proven that heat therapy can help seniors with improving cognitive functions that are associated with dementia, mood and memory recall according to this article on Clarity Pointe. Keeping a good heating pad on hand, even for seniors in warmer climates, can help manage certain medical conditions.
- LED flashlight – As seniors age, their eyesight tends to diminish to the point where looking for simple items such as keys can be difficult. Many popular restaurants also have low light making it hard for seniors to read menus. A small, handy flashlight can help in the house and outside so you can clearly view what you're looking for at all times.
- Non-skid mats (for kitchen and bathroom use) – Falls are one of many causes for many hip fractures in seniors. Make sure you have a skid-proof mat to use outside of the shower or bath area in your home.
- Adaptive utensils- Seniors with motor debilitating conditions such as Parkinson’s will benefit from this, but even seniors without it can use it. These special utensils for seniors have an extra-large grip, ribbed handle and are dishwasher safe. Comfort, ease of use are key features about this product that can help with every meal of the day.
Products that help promote safety, comfort and function are necessary to incorporate into a healthy lifestyle. Small products can make the biggest difference. Adult bibs and adaptive utensils are the products that make mealtimes more enjoyable, cleaner and easier. Heating pads can help with chronic back pain and other conditions. Special flashlights can help with sight and prevent falls in the dark. How many of these products do you have? How many do you need? Make sure you have all you need to make this year a safe and healthy one!