Keeping Aging Parents Safe
To find products that let the elderly stay safe at home, Good Housekeeping Research Institute staffers went to New York’s Carter Burden Center for the Aging. They had older consumers try out products and the Institute tested the items in its lab, too.
"Home fires are a leading cause of safety concerns for the elderly and traditional cotton pot holders can ignite if left on an open burner. So we decided to test silicone models from Lamson and Goodnow. In our testing, the elderly loved them because of their flexibility and we also found that we were able to remove the hot, cast iron pan from the oven and hold it for a full sixty seconds before you were forced to set it down," said Paul Hope, of the Good Housekeeping Institute.
The seven-day pill dispenser from Borin-Halbich has a lid that’s easy for elderly and arthritic hands to open and close. "We really liked it because it has a snap on lid that allows the pills boxes to be coupled together," said Charmaine Gillespie, of the Good Housekeeping Institute.
And Good Housekeeping says the Cadex Medication Reminder Watch and Medical ID will help elderly people remember to take their medications– up to 12 times a day.
Nearly 90 percent of adults over 50 say they want to remain in their own homes as long as they can.