12 “Must Have” Products for Elderly Living Alone in 2022
Living alone offers many seniors a sense of security, comfort, and familiarity. They cherish the gained independence and value their privacy. However, no matter the age, living alone can be challenging, especially for those who struggle with mobility, eyesight or memory. Owing to modern technology and products, seniors can benefit from a more manageable life while alone.
You can watch the following video, which introduces seven unique gadgets for seniors living alone from the YouTube Channel of TheSuperBOO.
In the list below, you will find 12 “Must Have” products for seniors living alone in 2022.
- 1 1. Induction Cookers
- 2 2. Ring Doorbell/ Smart Security
- 3 3. Shower Chair
- 4 4. Mobile Help Medical Alert System
- 5 5. Grab Bars
- 6 6. Simple Universal Remote
- 7 7. iRobot Smart Vacuum/ Roomba Vacuum
- 8 8. Mueller Ultra Cordless Electric Kettle
- 9 9. Dementia Day Clock
- 10 10. Toilet Frames
- 11 11. Non-Slip Bath Mat
- 12 12. First Aid Kit
- 13 Final Words
1. Induction Cookers
Don’t worry about burning yourself or forgetting to turn the heater off when you have a safe induction cooker. It doesn’t use flames and traditional heating elements. Instead, electrical induction transfers heat to the pot. Regarding safety, one fantastic point about these cookers is that the heating stops as soon as you remove the pot. Therefore, if you accidentally turn it on with no pots, it won’t get hot.
2. Ring Doorbell/ Smart Security
Ring doorbell is a necessity in every home. It allows you to see, hear and speak with anyone before opening the door. It tracks arrival and departure times and sends notifications whenever someone comes to your door. By connecting it to Amazon Alexa, you benefit from a remote door opener as well.
3. Shower Chair
From now on, showering will be the most enjoyable part of your day! Imagine you are sitting on a chair, relaxing, and at the same time taking a shower; how fantastic! By using a shower chair, there is no need to worry about keeping your balance when taking a shower. It has a removable back and wide legs to avoid tipping. It is the safest product to prevent falling.
4. Mobile Help Medical Alert System
Stay safe and independent with mobile help medical alerts. Generally, using technology is a must for the elderly who live alone. Mobile help medical alert can assure seniors and their families that help is always on the way. Additionally, it comes with advanced features that activate when someone falls; it detects a fall and gives 30 seconds in case of cancellation. If no one cancels the alarm, the system will connect you to the response center. Then, you will hear a voice assuring you help is on the way.
5. Grab Bars
Grab bars can reduce the risk of injury from falls and slips when in a slippery place like the bathroom. To stay safe on your feet, prevent falling, make your home senior friendly, and provide a sense of security, install the grab bar somewhere near the toilet or shower. Depending on your needs, you can also install several grab bars.
6. Simple Universal Remote
Nothing is better than sitting on your couch controlling the electronics with an all-in-one device. You don’t need to bother yourself remembering all those extra buttons by using universal remotes from now on. It is easy to set up, and you’ll be in control of your home devices with a few clicks.
7. iRobot Smart Vacuum/ Roomba Vacuum
The days of relying on heavy vacuum cleaners are over. These autonomous robotic vacuum cleaners consist of sensors and special drives with cleaning routines. Thus, you do not need to worry about the clouds of dust and the energy you lack. Relax and drink your tea; they know their job.
8. Mueller Ultra Cordless Electric Kettle
One of the most typical causes of kitchen fires is forgetting the kettle on the stove. The cordless electric kettle reduces the fire risk by providing safety and simplicity. Moreover, the kettle heats water faster than those on the stove and automatically turns off when the water comes to a boil.
9. Dementia Day Clock
As we age, it is more probable to lose track of time and date. The dementia day clock is suitable for seniors who have dementia and those who live alone. With its large screen and bright white text, this clock helps you understand the exact time and date of the day in case of confusion.
10. Toilet Frames
Toilet frames are an excellent choice for seniors who live alone and struggle with mobility. Due to the provided armrests on both sides, you feel safer and more secure to lower down and pull up from the toilet seat.
11. Non-Slip Bath Mat
Almost 234,000 people go to an emergency room due to bathroom injuries every year. Using anti-slip bath mats in places prone to wet conditions can lower this number and protect your safety a lot. These inexpensive bath mats require minimal maintenance and work perfectly as the bathroom’s main mat.
12. First Aid Kit
Last but not least is the first aid bag. Everyone who wants to live alone must provide himself with a first aid bag; in case of injuries, burns, and other medical emergencies. It helps you handle the situation as quickly as possible. Fill the bag with the necessary items such as:
- Hand sanitizer
- Over-the-counter medications
- Ice pack
- Gauze and tape
- Safety pins
As a senior, nothing can stop you from living alone, and all the above products are here to improve the quality of your daily life while being completely independent. However, bear in mind that living alone is not always as easy as it seems. Plan ahead considers your needs and the help you might need in the near future.
I love my Smart Vacuum. I bought it not expecting much, but I adore having the option of a robot to keep my floors clean. The software is fantastic; I can make no-go zones, add rooms, mark the rug’s location, and other convenient options.
I have a large place, and it takes about three hours to complete cleaning and mopping all the hardwood floors. It has no trouble with battery power to complete everything. It saves me the work, and I can do other stuff with my time.
It is well worth the money I paid for it.
That Smart Vacuum is one lifesaver!!
I love not sweeping the floors anymore; it works nicely on Laminate & tile floors; it can go over the transition strip which connects the floors. It is a bit inconsistent in where it goes to sweep, though.
I have dogs with who I hike daily. I also have dark and shiny hardwood floors. I run it everyday, sometimes twice. It’s annoying when it crashes into everything, but it certainly saves me from having to vacuum behind the dogs everytime I come home after a walk.
I have recommended it to all my friends.
That bath mat is a must alright! I feel like it’s saving my life daily without bragging about it much!
I bought it after moving to a new place and I have been using it ever since. The price was absolutely reasonable and the one I ordered from Amazon looks nice and feels soft, plus, it doesn’t lose softness or quality if you wash and dry it a bunch of times.
I highly recommend it to all folks my age, accidents may only happen once and that one time might do enough damage…
Be cautious, buy one.
Great list! I’m definitely sending this article to my friends…
I have three of them, the best is the toilet frame though.
After lots of research and reading the reviews I purchased a toilet frame for my husband coming home from the hospital after surgery. The installation took my son 10 minutes.
I was doubtful at first but the arms feel strong when you go down and come up and the legs lift up for cleaning underneath.
My husband is 6′ 8″ and 250 pounds and he suffers from bad back pain. This has made his life a lot easier.
This list is giving me a lot of gift ideas for next mother’s day, Thanks!
I’ve bought the universal remote for my elderly mother-in-law only two months ago, she has trouble navigating with the small-button and complicated standard cable remote. Long story short: I’m her favorite daughter-in-law again.
The buttons on it are much larger than on a typical cable remote, and all she needs is to access a half-dozen channels in the facility where she lives, and this magical remote does the job nicely.
It was very easy to program and it gave me lots of options.
Never used any of these except one!
I absolutely love my Induction Cooker! It is truly nonstick, easy to use and to top it off, it is pretty!
My son (cook of the family) was blown away by how easier they are to use and clean. Not sure about dishwasher cleaning as we do it all by hand, but I will buy it again when it’s time for a replacement set.
There are no down sides to this product.
I’ve cooked stir fry, rice, spaghetti, etc, and everything just comes right out without any hassle! I couldn’t be happier.
To anyone reading this list, I’m not sure I can recommend a shower chair. Not that the concept is bad but please be aware that those chairs are NOT safe for over 300 pounds. My son put it together for me, I had no cause to read the description on the box. It felt secure at first but lately, it felt as if the back legs were going to buckle and it made me feel very insecure!
So, I don’t know…Make sure what you are getting is safe. The shower is not where you want to risk your safety.
Thanks for sharing your experience with others, but because I bought one for my obese grandma, I can tell you that your son should’ve searched more. There are different types of these chairs for people with different weights and needs. They are really safe and a must-have for elderly ages.
I’m deciding between a shower chair or a walk-in bathtub. They both seem excellent, and our bathroom is big enough for both. Which one is better?
I would go with a bath chair.
I love it. Because of it, I am able to bathe without fear of falling in the bathtub. I ordered one from Amazon; it was easy to put together. I haven’t put the back on yet but will have it for when I need to. It fits very well in my bathtub.
My only concern is the plastic quality. It might not hold for heavier weights in long-term use. Make sure you are getting a quality chair; you don’t want accidents when you are there.
I would say walk-in bathtub. This type of bathtub offers greater stability during a bath.
Bathers typically step over a very small threshold at the front of the tub, often just a few inches high. In the tub, bathers can sit down in the preformed chair part.
None of these items(great as they are)compare to the first aid kit’s importance; I have to say!
The one I ordered from Amazon included an instant cold compress, which, with two kids, seemed a valuable addition.
I removed some of the bandaids in it and fitted in separately-purchased essential bottles of kids’ liquid and adult capsule pain relief and chewable ‘stomach relief’ tabs. The sturdy case made it perfectly packable for our 10-day trip.
Having this kit along for the ride provided great peace of mind to all of us. It will be packed on all future trips, too.
I couldn’t agree more with the first aid kit. I have had one for years in my house, and I recently bought one for my car (I have a dead hobby of mountain biking which gets you beat up pretty bad from time to time, no judgement, please!), and honestly, this is the best thing I could have done, my kids feel better, and I feel much safer, to be honest!
What I have has everything you’d need, from mild burn wounds to broken bones to mild impalements. It’s no ambulance, but it’s everything any average joe could ask for.
Dementia Day Clock has to be the most valuable item on this list! At least for me!
My dad has vascular dementia, and I had to get him on a meal schedule because he couldn’t remember that he had just eaten 15 minutes ago. He started gaining weight because he’d have meals back to back…
This product helps soooo much with meal planning. Even though it’s expensive, it’s been the most helpful thing for my dad to know what time it is and when to eat.
If you’re struggling with these things as a caregiver, I highly recommend this product!
Thanks for the informative article. Yeah, that’s true. Though some of the items are new to me, I do remember that both of my deceased grandmas were so dependent on grab bars and shower chairs. They wouldn’t go to a house with a grab bar in the bathroom, and it was an absolute necessity for them to sit or stand.
One of my friends used to have a Shih Tzu. They are, as said above, so cute and fun to have, but the problem my friend told me is that they need daily brushing and high-quality food, and also, unfortunately, they are likely to get sick so often and are prone to severe kidney problems or eye diseases. So you need to be patient, caring and have time for them to enjoy these sweet pets.
I wonder if anyone has had or used the “mobile help alert system” device. Is it user-friendly or complex? How effective is it? I’m not very good with technology, but I’ve heard about this device, which would be helpful information.