We all want the best for our parents. One thing to keep in mind is that the aging population have evolving needs and lifestyles, and it’s important that these needs are accommodated at home to ensure ease and comfort. One way to do this is to start investing in home appliances that would help them accomplish more with less effort.
If you’re putting together a list of household additions for your aging parents, make sure to include the following appliances:
1. Washing machine with washer and dryer
One of the most tiring and time-consuming chores in a home is doing the laundry. This can be a pain to complete, even more so for elder family members who do not have access to a modern washing machine. To make their lives easier, one of the first appliances you have to invest in is an automatic washing machine or one with a built-in washer and dryer combo.
Having a trusty automatic washing machine allows you to simply pop your dirty laundry into the hatch, turn it on and then leave it alone. You can fetch the newly washed and dried clothes once they are ready. It’s as easy as that. A washing machine with a separate washer and dryer can take a bit more effort to operate in comparison, but it also does well in reducing the stress of doing the laundry.
2. Easy-to-Operate Television
A senior-friendly television should be able to display crisp images and clear sounds. At the same time, it should also be easy to set up.
Unfortunately, the abundance of options that most TV models now offer can lead to controls that are difficult to navigate. It’s important to sit down with older adults and help them determine what the buttons in their remote controls are for. You can point them to the buttons that they have to use and mark those buttons accordingly.
Alternatively, show your older family members how to use voice commands if your TV is capable of processing instructions relayed this way. This will help them make the most out of their new entertainment unit.
3. Well-Lit Refrigerator
One of the primary considerations when buying a refrigerator for an older adult is the amount of lighting that the cooling unit can provide. Many seniors have visual impairments, and this makes it more difficult for them to see their medicines and determine if a food item still looks good or not. Invest in a refrigerator that’s well-lit and designed for easy organization. These features will allow seniors to easily find the exact items that they are looking for.
4. Stove or Microwave Oven with a Timer
Investing in a stove with a built-in timer or microwave for an aging parent is a good idea. This is especially true for those who still like to cook but tend to have instances when they forget their cooking until it starts to burn.
A stove with a timer will automatically power off once the timer ends, reducing the chances that the untended dish will burn or cause fires. The same can be said about microwave ovens with built-in timers and alarms.
5. Flat Iron with Safety Features
If your aging parent still likes to go out and about, then they’ll likely need to use a flat iron to prepare their clothes. Flat irons are a common household, but they still pose their own set of risks. If forgotten or not used properly, a flat iron can cause fires, burns, and property damage.
Prevent these events from taking place by looking into flat irons with plenty of safety features. One of the features you should look for is a timer, which can ensure that the model can be switched off before it causes issues. A light yet sturdy ironing board can also help prevent burns and make setting up a less strenuous task.
Whether your parents are living with your or in their own homes independently, it’s important to make sure that they have access to household appliances that fit their needs. This helps them age in place and also helps them be autonomous while effectively managing the risks to their health and well-being.
Which of these appliances are you considering buying for your home or giving to your senior family members?
This article is contributed by a guest author.