Devices That Help the Elderly with Everyday Tasks

For many elderly the biggest challenges of everyday living, are the smallest. Seeing the number on the phone, opening pill bottles and reaching items up on the shelf, can all become obstacles in the course of daily living.
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For those seniors who are still independent, caregivers can provide tools that seniors, accomplish these tasks with great ease and more importantly independently. The good news is that growing older, does not mean that you must become totally dependant on a caregiver. There are a wide variety of items that make the life of the senior in your care, have a higher quality, and give you as a caregiver great peace of mind. Here is a brief description of devices that help the elderly with everyday tasks:
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  • ClearSounds “Talking” Amplified Telephone with Talking Caller ID-This phone can provide security, safety and peace of mind, for your elderly loved one. One of the best features is that you can use the wireless pendant if you cannot reach the phone. The pendant works up to 100 feet from the phone, and is waterproof. There is no monthly fee, it simply plugs into your regular phone line. One of the benefits is it has an SOS feature. For emergencies it can be programmed to call a family member, friend or neighbor. Best of all if the first person doesn't answer, it automatically calls up to 30 numbers that have been chosen. The phone has a flashing alert light for ringer, a large, lighted display, and announces the caller’s number for easier recognition. This phone can help a senior who is suffering from limited vision or hearing maintain contact with family, friends and the outside world. To check out this phone simply click on
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  • Open It RX-This system will allow seniors to easily open pill bottles, prescriptions and over the counter bottles that you have to push and turn the twist off caps, to open. Since many seniors suffer from limited dexterity (due to aging or problems like arthritis), this system can allow them to continue to use medications, without the frustration of trying to open them. Best of all the ergonomically designed over-sized cap surface, alleviates the pressure that is required to open a bottle. As a bonus a magnifying glass is tucked inside the cap, so that senior can easily read warning labels and dosage instructions. The system is lightweight and easy to carry, and works with medications lids ranging in diameter from ½” to 2-1/2”. Other items of this set that can be purchased include: Metal blade to puncture and remove foil backing and a plastic hook to remove cotton from pill bottles. To check out this system simply click on
  • Raptor Reacher -This is a handy tool that helps keep seniors from having to climb up on a stool or chair to reach item. This is crucial since falls are one of the biggest problems, for seniors. Even a minor fall, can result in a serious and life changing injury for a normally healthy senior. This lightweight tool provides a tight grip on even the smallest objects. This simple tool can provide a peace of mind for caregivers as well, knowing that their loved one can reach items, with out risk.
All of the products described above can be found at Their helpful Product Specialist can help you determine what products are right for the senior in your life.

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CWalkin, medical alarms said...

Another thing that might help caregivers, is a medical alarm. This is especially useful if the caregiver isn't able to be in the house all the time (if they go to the shop, etc), and they need to make sure that their elderly patient is still safe.

Anonymous said...

I can also recommend the Just5 Easyphone among the elderly. Both of my parents are using this simple cell phone and I’ve seen how they are greatly assisted by it. This also features PERS so this also works to secure their safety. What we like about it is that it can secure the safety of my parents not only inside the house but also when they’re outside. This is very ideal for seniors who are still active. But even the homebody seniors would love it for sure as this presents other helpful features. Additionally, this device is also very affordable including the rates of the calling plans that this provider offers.

Unknown said...

Thanks for the info, it’s easy to understand. BTW, if anyone needs to fill out a advance directive form, I found a blank form here:

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