In 2019, about 16.5% of the American population was 65 years old or over—a figure which is expected to reach 22% by 2050. With this growing population, the number of people who will become a caregiver to an elderly individual will increase as well. As a caregiver, it’s important to provide tools and supplies that can make daily living much easier for seniors and to help them keep some independence as they age.
From nutritional snacks and medication management to health care products, there are plenty of independent living aids that can help folks go about their daily routine easily and safely. Check out our list of daily essentials to make planning your next trip to the store a little easier. Or better yet, buy them online to have them shipped right to you or your loved one’s door with no hassle.
Boost drinks are an easy way to get protein and vitamins. These drinks provide 10 grams protein and 27 vitamins and minerals to help you complete and balanced nutrition. Boost can even be used as a mini meal or snack. This give your body protein, vitamins, and calories to help support normal energy. Even better, it comes in chocolate, vanilla, and other fruit flavors!
Another good source of fiber is Quake Oats oatmeal. On top of keeping the digestive tract healthy, oatmeal can also help support a healthy heart. This pack comes with a variety of flavors: sugar maple and brown sugar, apples and cinnamon, cinnamon and spice, and of course the original flavor. Even better, all these flavors are low in sugar!
Seapoint Farms Dry Roasted Edamame is heart-healthy, low in calories, and contains no trans fat or cholesterol. Each serving has protein and iron to keep you energized throughout the day.
Sweet potatoes are a great source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals and these baked sweet potato chips are a great way to get your nutrition. Terra sweet potato chips have a delicate sweetness that’s balanced with a dash of sea salt.
Almonds are an excellent source of healthy fats that are an essential part of a balanced diet. You can substitute peanut butter with almond butter in a PB&J or use it as a dip for apples or pretzels.
Liquid IV delivers hydration to your bloodstream faster and more efficiently than water alone. Equal parts invigorating and refreshing in taste, enjoy the passion fruit powder mix with hints of honey and berry flavors.
This bathrobe by Richie House is perfect for cozying up and getting warm. One reviewer raves about how the robe never “pilled” after several washes. You can keep this robe clean and keep it as soft and comfy as when you first got it!
Within seconds, these socks by NatraCure chill your entire foot to relieve sore feet, hot feet, tired feet, aching feet, & painful chronic conditions like plantar fasciitis and arthritis. This will give you immediate relief from inflammation & swelling from sprains or strains of the arch, ball-of-foot, heel, neuropathy, or any foot injury. The socks work by neutralizing pain & wear and tear with a chilled gel pack beneath the length of the foot, & another half-size pack for top of foot or behind heel.
Made with pure memory foam, Everlasting Comfort’s chair cushion uses your body heat to soften and adapt to your curves providing any chair with the support and comfort it lacks. Designed with an ergonomic “U” shaped cutout, this chair cushion suspends your coccyx above hard seating surfaces, relieving pressure in this sensitive area and improving posture.
This reusable ice pad by Rester’s Choice rapidly freezes for easy & frequent use. Hot or cold, it will ease your aches and reduce inflammation. Each pad is packed full of proprietary gel to maintain temperatures longer. Use it as a microwave heating pad or as cold packs for aches and pains anywhere that needs it. Even when frozen, it’s pliable and easily wraps around your tender spots.
The product comes in various sizes, from small to extra large, and features odor-eliminating technology. Each pull-up has an absorbent peach mat core, capable of holding high-volume urine and bowel voids.
This dry mouth solution by OraCoat has a continuous slow-release formula, which means these discs can be used day or night and can last 4-8 hours between applications. This solution sticks to your gum to coat, moisturize, and lubricate for long-lasting relief. Even better, the sweet flavor stimulates saliva flow and freshens breath.
Lysol Disinfecting Wipes are tested & proven to kill COVID-19 virus and 8 cold and flu viruses on hard, non-porous surfaces in 15 seconds. You can also use it on electronics including smartphones, tablets, and remote controls so you can keep everyday objects clean. It can remove allergens, including pet dander, dust mites, and pollen. Lysol’s wipes are 3x stronger vs. a paper towel, which means you’ll be able to clean more with less.
Be prepared with this dressing tools pack! This pack includes a 32” reacher, a deluxe molded sock aid with 38″ long foam handles, 28″ Long Dressing Stick, 22″ long handle round sponge, and 24″ long plastic shoehorn. The reacher features a magnetic tip to helps pick up small objects. You can dress independently with the 28″ dressing stick with a large vinyl coated “S” hook to assist with putting on shirts, pulling up pants, skirts, or helping put on shoes or removing socks. It also has a vinyl coated “C” Hook on the opposite end for pulling zippers and shoelace loops. The sock aid allows you to easily put on socks or stockings without having to bend over. A 24″ long shoe horn is included to easily put on any type of shoe while standing. Make bathing easier with the 22″ long bath sponge to avoid bathing without bending and twisting.
This pillbox by AUVON is designed with a large capacity for you to fill and sort your weekly pills in advance so that you may keep track and maintain your medication regimen (Morning, Noon, Evening) easier with it. Each compartment can hold 7 fish oils and 20 capsules. With double protection, the lids stay closed all the time and will never pop-out in your bag or your purse. Still struggling with those frustrating hard to open daily vitamin organizers? AUVON’s 3 times a day pill box comes with arthritis-friendly individual removable compartments, making it incredibly easy for you to open even with a single hand! Elderly approved!