As we age, everyday tasks can become more difficult, things that we used to take for granted. Sometimes the solution is to ask for help, but sometimes the solution is to make a slight modification to make the task easier. Today we’ll talk about some creative and inexpensive household hacks for seniors that can instantly make some of these tasks a little bit easier.
Reaching Items In the Fridge
Joint and flexibility issues can make it harder to reach items in the back of the fridge. Adding a lazy susan to the shelves will make it easier by allowing you to rotate it, bringing items to the front where they’re easier to reach.
Rubber Bands to Improve Grip
Arthritis and joint issues can make it harder to grip smooth items. Adding ordinary rubber bands to glasses and jars will make them less slippery and easier to hold on to. You can apply this hack to other things as well, like adding foam grips to pens or toothbrushes to make them easier to grip.
Keep Soap Handy
The last thing you need to do is chase slippery soap around the shower floor. That’s a good way for anyone to fall on their head! Here’s a trick to keep the soap handy, even if you drop it. Cut the leg off of an old pair of pantyhose, drop the bar of soap down into the foot, and tie it to the showerhead or grab bar where you can always reach it.
Keep Track of Medications and Supplements
If you’ve ever found yourself wondering if you had taken your last dose of a medication or supplement, you’re not alone. Many people have difficulty remembering to take their meds. The easiest solution for this is a simple pill organizer box and a timer. When you take a dose, simply set the timer for the next one. This can help keep you from skipping doses or overdosing by accidentally doubling up. You’ll be able to see with a glance at your box whether you took them or not.
Use Rubber Gloves to Open Jars
Sometimes all you need to get a stubborn jar open is a little more grip. Putting on rubber gloves will stop your hands from slipping and make the jar easier to open.
Little tricks like these may seem small, but they go a long way towards helping you maintain an independent lifestyle. At Ashbridge Manor Senior Living, we pride ourselves on creating an environment that enables seniors to maintain their independence. When it’s time to transition to a senior living facility, contact our professional staff members and we can help make it easy. You can find us at 971 E. Lancaster Avenue in Downingtown, PA, call 610.269.8800, or contact us online for more information. Ask us about our move-in special! Ashbridge Manor is a safe, COVID-free senior living community.