12 "Must Have" Products For Elderly Living Alone 2023
For many seniors, living independently is a life affirming challenge. It keeps them invigorated and stimulated. They love their home, value their privacy, and cherish their independence. If nothing else, living alone offers a sense of security, comfort and familiarity.
But living alone has its challenges. That's why we put together a list of the top selling "must have" products for elderly living alone in 2020. We talked to the leading specialists in aging, eldercare and geriatrics to decide on the products and then found the brands offering the best bang for your buck. All of these products have helped thousands live an easier, happier, safer and more independent life in the comfort of their own home.
12 Products For Elderly Living Alone
1. MobileHelp Medical Alert Systems
Giving your parents or spouse access to help while they're alone will give you and your loved one peace of mind. Whether you want protection in your home or outside your home, automatic fall detection or GPS tracking, there's a medical alert system for you.
MobileHelp is one of the best selling and most affordable providers in the medical alert industry. They make it very easy to try a system with a 30 day risk free free trial and free cancellation. Use it for only as long as you need it, and nothing more. They're also one of the few medical alert providers that are FDA approved, which we find comforting.
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2. Grab Bars
As far as products for elderly living alone, perhaps none is more useful than grab bars. Getting up from the toilet alone, or in and out of the shower safely is a key to staying safely on your feet. We've displayed two types of grab bars here, one is a suction based grab bar and the other requires installment. Both are the best in their class. If you can we'd prefer the durability of the installed option, but not all situations allow for it. The one benefit of the suction grab bar is it can travel with you! Regardless, you'll be much better off with either solution.
3. The Original Gorilla Grip Bath Mat
Falling sends more seniors to the hospital than anything and there's no bigger culprit than the bathroom. Falling when alone, with no one to help, magnifies the danger. The Original Gorilla bath mat is great because it sticks better to non-tiled surfaces than any other mat, has a great non-slip surface, avoids mold and is machine washable! Small price for a big impact!
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4. Mueller Ultra Cordless Electric Kettle
Forgetting a kettle on the stove top is an all too common cause of kitchen fires. A cordless electric kettle removes the risk altogether while increasing convenience and simplicity. We love the Mueller Ultra cordless electric kettle because it comes with a great non-slip handle, superior quality glass and is BPA free. It also comes with great reviews and is a top seller!
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6. Hamilton Beach Smooth Touch Can Opener
Whether it's a matter of strength, coordination or arthritis, opening a can of tuna, soup or cat food can be become very difficult as we age. Getting an automated can opener can dramatically simplify the process and help avoid needless cuts and injuries. The Hamilton Beach Smooth Touch Can Opener has a 4.5 star rating on Amazon with over 8,400 reviews! Best price to quality ratio on the market!
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6. Ring Doorbell
Perfect for older adults! Lets you see, hear and speak with anyone at your door - before letting them in. Also, great for family caregivers - receive mobile notifications anytime someone comes to your parent's door. Enhances security. Keeps unwanted visitors from ringing doorbell. Tracks professional caregiver arrival and departure times. Can also link to Amazon Alexa, so it can be used as an intercom - and remote door opener!
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7. Reacher Grabber by Vive
Save your back and avoid stepping stools! Get things from the top shelf, the floor or behind furniture. Change a light bulb! We like the Extra Long 32 inch Reacher Grabber by Vive because it has added length and comes with super durable steel wiring and a lifetime warranty! It's the top selling reacher on the market!
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8. ClearSounds Large Button Telephone
Make it easy for seniors to stay in touch. Being able to easily see and press telephone buttons is a huge bonus for the elderly. That's why we love the highly rated ClearSounds landline telephone. It has big over sized buttons, volume control, an easy to read key pad, hearing aid compatibility and one touch speed dial buttons with pictures for easy dialing!
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9. GreatCall Mobile Phones For Seniors
Having a cell phone allows you to stay in touch, order a cab, or call for help no matter where you are. But many smart phones are just poorly designed for older adults who place a premium on simplicity or suffer from poor vision, arthritis or compromised hearing. We love the Jitterbug options from GreatCall because whether you're looking for the simplicity of a flip phone or the features of a smart phone, both offer oversized buttons to allow for easy use and handling, voice typing, a long lasting battery and a bunch of really valuable senior safety apps.
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10. EZ Off Jar Opener
If seniors are going to live alone, they're going to have to be able to accomplish day to day tasks without the help of others. Opening a jar can be hard enough for the young and spry - for seniors with reduced strength or arthritis it can be nearly impossible. We like the EZ Off Jar Opener because it's simple to use, solid and doesn't require two hands. It's the highest rated jar opener with the best reviews we've come across.
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11. Shower Chair
Showering shouldn't be a balancing act. Sit, shower and relax. A shower chair will allow those with limited mobility or fall risks to shower independently much longer. We like the #1 selling medical shower chair because it doesn't require any tools for assembly, has a removable back for extra support, and comes with lightweight, rust-proof aluminum for increased durability. It's wide legs offers increased stability to avoid tipping.
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12. SVINZ Alarm / Day Clocks For Seniors
Knowing what to do and when is a big part of living independently. This clock has it all. It has supersized fonts for easy reading. It clearly displays the day of the week, morning and night, time of day and day of the month and year. Not only that, it also comes with 3 alarms per day, which is great for wake-ups, meal and medication reminders. It also comes in white or yellow font color, depending on preference. We love the best selling SVINZ 3 Alarm clock because of its size, information and alarm clock features.
December 25, 2021 at 11:07 pm
I like it
June 17, 2021 at 2:05 am
Hola! me gustaría saber qué productos son diseñados para los ancianos que cada día se sienten solos, estoy buscando algo para mi abuelita. Saludos
June 17, 2021 at 5:47 pm
For those who can't read Spanish, the above translates as follows "Hi! I would like to know what products are designed for the elderly who feel lonely every day, I am looking for something for my grandmother."
Vanessa, the only way to relieve loneliness, is by increasing your mother's interactions with others. This can be done with family, friends and community. Invite your mother over for dinner, taking her out for a coffee, invite her to watch your kids play soccer, organize a get together (cards, tea, etc.) with her friends, have her participate at church, events at the library or community center. Take her out to the movies on a weekly schedule. To help keep in touch with her while managing your busy schedule, get her an iPad and facetime with her daily. Have your siblings, kids and friends facetime her regularly as well. Have her read or tell the grandkids bed time stories every night, or in the least have them call her before bed to say good night and I love you.
You can also explore if there are social games she can play online with her friends like cards, mahjong, backgammon or other games.
Does that help?
May 18, 2021 at 4:53 am
That's really informative. Gonna share this to my grandpa. He needs shower chair
March 19, 2021 at 8:13 pm
Do you rekommend any protective gear for a relative with bad balance?
March 23, 2021 at 5:11 pm
Probably one of the most important things you can do for someone with bad balance, in terms of gear, is make sure they have a grab bar by every toilet, a grab bar and seat in the shower and a grab bar on entry into the shower. We would also recommend you install bannisters on both sides of any stairwell. Lastly, make sure they do not wear any foot wear with high heels, or without a backing around the heel.
Hope that helps!
May 12, 2021 at 9:42 pm
Great advice from admin! They do also make hip pad protectors to wear, built in like underwear, for people who fall often to prevent a hip fracture. The VA gives these to some of their patients.
March 4, 2021 at 12:50 am
Medi Alert Alarms for people subject to falls,& live alone.
January 22, 2021 at 7:25 am
Which is safer and better: A bathtub fitter with the door and shower nozzle or a walk in shower with a bench?
Thank you for your suggestions.
January 22, 2021 at 9:11 am
Both can be equally safe. What you're trying to solve for is being able to sit while cleaning ones self, a low lip to walk over and a slip-free floor. The one thing you might want to add to the shower are grab bars. Other than that, go with the one that suits your personal preferences, layout or budget best. Sound good?
October 21, 2020 at 1:09 pm
Can anybody recommend a good audiobook device for seniors
December 22, 2020 at 6:06 pm
Audible is a great place to start for purchasing audiobooks. A simple Kindle would be a great device for listening with headphones or an Echo device for listening via a speaker. They all work together seemlessly!
October 12, 2020 at 12:40 pm
Hello: I need something that my mom can use easily to get in touch with me . She is on the first floor and I’m in the second floor. Do you have any inexpensive recommendation?
October 13, 2020 at 9:00 am
Hi Ana, how about a simple baby monitor, which is hands free, or a walkie talkie?
April 12, 2021 at 11:24 pm
Those battery operated doorbells work great. Just give her the button and you the doorbell
September 23, 2020 at 4:32 am
Very informative blog !! Thank You So.. Much For sharing.
April 23, 2020 at 3:30 pm
EZ Jar will greatly benefit this population and beyond!! Keep up the innovative ideas and products!!
April 23, 2020 at 3:46 pm
Thanks AP. EZ Jar is indeed great for everyone (i.e. Curb Your Enthusiasm "Pickle Jar" episode), let alone those who need a little extra strength or suffer from arthritis.
February 19, 2020 at 2:57 pm
HI! I need something to help me apply lotion to my back. I can reach part of it, but not all and I have very dry skin. I'm thinking of something like a back-scratcher only instead of claws it would have a lotion applicator attached to it. Has anyone seen an item like this for sale?
May 25, 2020 at 6:06 pm
Lotion Applicators like the one from GranNaturals. I found one on Amazon for 15 dollars
May 25, 2020 at 6:16 pm
Great idea, especially for those with range of motion issues. Thanks Olivia!
May 28, 2020 at 7:39 pm
yes I have a lotion applicator for backs. It's from Bed Bath & Beyond. Looks like a back scrubber but instead of bristles it have a flat are to put lotion on then you use as if a bath back scrubber. I use it alot. go to the area that has bath items at BB&B.
January 18, 2019 at 3:02 am
Thanks for mentioning the best products for elders. Keep sharing the good content.
January 18, 2019 at 1:22 pm
July 26, 2018 at 4:52 am
i want to start volunteering with also the help of other friends at different homes of elderly people living alone to make life easy for them e.g run errands, cook for them, clean, keep them company and other few things please what are the supplies needed for this?
July 26, 2018 at 9:41 am
That's a beautiful idea! The supplies you'll need will be heavily dependent on the services you'll be providing and the care required by those you'll be looking after. Assuming it's exclusively for errands, cooking, cleaning and keeping them company as you mentioned above, all you'll really need are slip on foot covers (keep interior clean as well as your feet), sanitation gloves, purel and disinfectant wipes.
If you're cleaning and cooking you should be using the supplies provided to you by the homeowner. Otherwise, you can get some on their behalf.
If you're making any purchases on someone else's behalf, make sure to keep ALL receipts, so no one can accuse you of misappropriating funds. Even better, ask for a gift card, so the amount is fixed and all transactions can be recorded and tracked.
Most important, share your beautiful energy and your smile! Your presence alone will make all the difference. Your community is lucky to have you!