Being independent in your home is something that can often become a little harder as we get older, from losing the ability to be as mobile as we once were to not feeling safe when cooking, cleaning, or being able to get out of the house. Luckily, there are a plethora of independent living aids available that’ll enable you to feel more comfortable and able in and out of your home. Independent living aids are specifically designed to make tasks in your home as simple and safe as possible so you and your loved ones don’t need to worry when you’re home alone. Read on to find out a little more about these aids and how they can help those with mobility or disability concerns.
Independent living aids to make life easier:
- Talking kitchen scales
- Automatic can openers
- Blood pressure monitors
- Stair or home lift
- Voice-activated home speakers
Talking kitchen scales
For those with visual impairment, using simple items within the home can be tricky, especially kitchen equipment that can become dangerous when not used properly. Talking items have increased in popularity and are extremely useful for those who struggle with their vision. A set of talking kitchen scales can prove extremely useful and let you continue cooking and baking with ease.
Talking kitchen scales will speak aloud and announce the weight of products, measuring wet and dry ingredients for those who wouldn’t otherwise be able to see the digital display.
Automatic can openers
Opening a can may seem like a very simple task, but for those who may often feel weak or are hard of sight, then using a manual opener can seem a little daunting. Much like the talking scales, automatic kitchen utensils are now readily available and proving more popular than ever.
Automatic can openers are often a popular choice and can make cooking and working in the kitchen a lot less challenging. By applying the opener to the top of the can, the user can press a button and leave the device to open the can safely and easily without force or worry.
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Blood pressure monitors
If you suffer from high blood pressure or certain foods and activities can trigger your blood pressure, then having an at-home blood pressure monitor is a great way of putting your mind at ease and keeping an eye on the problem without having to book a doctor’s appointment every time.
At-home blood pressure monitors are easy and simple to use and are easily accessible online, Heart.org commented on the benefit of having an at-home blood pressure monitor: “The American Heart Association recommends home monitoring for all people with high blood pressure to help the healthcare provider determine whether treatments are working. However, home monitoring (self-measured blood pressure) is not a substitute for regular visits to your physician.”
Stair or home lift
Stair and home lifts are an amazing addition to any home, especially those homes where someone may find it hard to get around easily and safely. Stair lift and stair chair lifts enable those in the home to travel up and down the stairs smoothly and safely without having to worry about ascending or descending the straight or curved stairs.
Handicare USA offers a wide range of stair lifts that suit all stair types and can be tailored to suit your home’s décor and your staircase style. Not only do they offer straight and curved stairlifts, but they also offer lifts for outdoor use if getting around your yard has become a struggle. Narrow stairs, stairs that have a landing, or stairs that may curve in an unusual place are all problems that our dedicated stair lift experts can help you with when you come to choose your chosen stairlift.
Voice-activated home speakers
Voice-activated home speakers have become a big thing in recent years with the introduction of Google’s home speakers and Amazon Alexa speakers. Not only do these speakers play music like a generic model would, but they are also voice-activated to can answer questions, set timers, and make calls on demand.
They are really useful for those who may be a little less independent in their home and can be used to set timers to take pills, call loved ones and turn electronic devices on and off without having to move.
If you or a loved one are feeling a little unsteady or uneasy in your home and want to look into independent living aids, then hopefully this guide has given you a little inspiration into some of the gadgets and tools you can use around your home to make day-to-day tasks a little easier. For more articles and guides like this, then why not check out our blog?