Your parents plan to stay in their own home for the rest of their lives. You want to help them make that happen. It’s almost the gift-giving season. Here are some ideas for gifts you can give that will help them age at home.
Video doorbells put the power of answering the door in your hands. You gain peace of mind against scammers and burglars getting into your parents’ home. When someone rings the doorbell, you get a notification on your phone. You can see who it is and use your cell phone to interact with that person.
If anything seems suspicious, you can call authorities and advise your parents to not answer the door. If the visitor is legitimate, you can let your parents know it’s safe to answer the door and let that person in.
Home Hub Systems
Google, Facebook, and Amazon are just three of the companies making home hub systems now. These systems have tablets with video cameras, microphones, and computer assistants who help in multiple ways. You can call your parent and chat with them over video. You’ll be able to see that they’re okay, and they can see grandchildren as often as desired.
These home hubs also have voice-activated assistants who can recite weather forecasts, daily schedules and reminders, and daily news. These assistants can play music, answer questions, and create shopping lists. Paired with smart thermostats and light bulbs, the hubs can turn on lights before entering a room and lower or raise the heat within the house.
Walk-in tubs are not cheap, but they can truly help a senior who is struggling with mobility. Instead of stepping over a bathtub wall, a sealed door unlatches and opens allowing your parent to walk into the tub and sit on the seat.
Once sat in the tub, there’s a hand-held shower wand for showers. If a bath is preferred, these tubs fill up and have massage jets to help soothe aching joints and muscles. When your parents are done, they drain the tub, open the door, and walk back out.
Elder Care Services
Consider paying for elder care services for your parents. You can gift a trial run with caregivers to see what they think. Caregivers can drive them to stores, schedule and escort them to appointments, and cook meals. They can also help with housework, laundry, and mobility. Make a call and an elder care expert can discuss possible services and rates in your area.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in Ashburn, VA, please contact the caring staff at Assisting Hands today. (703) 982-0050.
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