18 Affordable Senior Aging and Safety Hacks
Posted on February 09, 2017
in Senior Safety & Independence
Our daily lives are full of small annoyances. Hitting your
knee on a sharp corner or feeling back pain when picking up the newspaper is
not fun. But as we age, these small annoyances can become dangerous accidents.
Fortunately, Alert1 has
the best hacks to avoid these accidents and make your life safer and easier.
You may be wondering what a hack is. Hacks are strategies
for managing your time and activities more efficiently. Wearing rubber gloves
when opening a jar or using a pants hanger to hang a recipe are two hack
Without further ado, here are Alert1’s favorite
Around the House
- Give your
keys a manicure and remember which key unlocks what. Put a spot of colored
nail polish on your key to indicate what each key unlocks. The color coordination jogs your memory and helps easily locate
each key. To spice things up, ask your granddaughter for colorful nail polish.
- Get to
those hard to reach places with an extension grabber. Forget the stool and
use your extension grabber for that sweater from the top shelf. An extension
grabber is a metal or plastic pole with a claw attached to the end of it. When
you squeeze the handle, the claw opens and closes on the item you need.
- Let there
be light by investing in automatic lights. Why waste time scrambling in the
dark when you could be traveling room-to-room carefree? Automatic lights turn
on during nighttime, and are great for rooms with light switches far from the
your hanging shoe rack for cleaning supplies. When it’s time to clean, you
want to be quick to the scene, not struck with an achy back. Instead of digging
under the sink, hang up your tile cleaner. This makes for a faster clean up and
less back pain.
- Save your
shoes with a long handled shoehorn. Alleviate strain on your lower body and
keep your favorite pair of shoes looking fresh! A shoehorn will save the backs of
shoes and makes putting them on quick and easy.
- Toss out your
rugs to avoid falls. Rugs look nice in your entryway, but turn into a
tripping hazard down the hall. Stop tripping and remove the rugs. If you do
fall, Alert1’s home fall
detection will contact help.
In the Kitchen
- Get a grip by wrapping rubber bands around
your cups. Why cry over spilt milk when you could stop the milk from
spilling in the first place? Take a rubber band from your newspaper and wrap it
around your favorite cup. This will improve grip and prevent cups from slipping
out of your hand.
- Jazz up
your fridge with a Lazy Susan. It’s common to have a Lazy Susan in your
cabinet. Why not the fridge too? A Lazy Susan will keep your condiments
organized and easily accessible. Just rotate it and any item will be within
- Use rubber
gloves to loosen up tight jars. A pair of dishwashing gloves or rubber
padded work gloves are best. Rubber gloves create friction, which makes opening
bottles and jars a breeze.
overflowing boiling water with a wooden spoon. Place a wooden spoon across
your pot to keep it from boiling over. When the starchy water boils, the
bubbles touch the spoon and burst before they cause overflow.
- Hold your
recipe at eye level with a pants hanger. Find an available cabinet handle
and clip your recipe into place. No need to worry about spilling food on your cookbook
when it’s safely hanging out of the way.
slippage with a wet paper towel under the cutting board. Chopping
vegetables is a precise task that requires concertation. Insert a wet paper
towel underneath a cutting board to keep it from slipping. Your fingers will thank
For Your Safety
- Soften up
your sharp furniture corners with moldable putty. Banging your knees on the
coffee table is the last thing you want. Moldable putty or foam insulators work
wonderfully for cushioning sharp furniture corners. Protect your legs and
prevent unnecessary damage to yourself and your furniture.
- Stay safe
with a medical alert device. Falls are common as we age. Invest in a medical
alert fall detection system. Alert1 offers in-home
and mobile fall detection to keep you safe at home and on the go. We also
have many stylish accessories
to check out.
- Request non-childproof
caps on medicine bottles. If your grandchildren aren’t visiting anytime
soon, ask your pharmacist for non-childproof caps. No need to strain your hands
struggling to open pill bottles.
- Get a
hold of yourself and mount grab bars around house. As we age, railings and
handles become a must-have. Add grab bars to your bathroom first, since the bathroom
is the most common room for falls.
- Ramp it
up! Add wheelchair ramps to your house entryways. Even if you aren’t in a
wheelchair, a ramp makes getting around much safer. Not only are stairs hard on
the knees, they are a fall hazard as well. Your house now has ramps, but not all places
do. Stay protected while on the go with Alert1’s mobile
comfortably by replacing low sitting toilet seats with higher ones. In
addition to grab bars, a raised toilet seat will improve your bathroom safety. We
recommend a seat with grab bars to keep your balance when standing up.
Stop the Daily Stresses & Stay Safe
You can’t stop aging, but you can improve your quality of
life and make aging-in-place better. Invest in mounted handrails and automatic
lights. Remove the rugs in your home to avoid falls. A Lazy Susan and shoe
hangers conveniently store your kitchen and cleaning supplies. These hacks make
getting around the house safer and stress-free.
There are hundreds of aging hacks out there. Do you have a
favorite aging-in-place hack? Post a comment below and let us know!
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