Best Household Appliances for the Elderly

Best Household Appliances for the Elderly

As we age, our needs change, and we should be mindful of potential kitchen risks for the elderly. While falls are the most common form of injury to elderly adults at home, there are kitchen hazards, too. When it comes to appliances for the elderly, there are some things to keep in mind.

These hazards can be mitigated with the right types of appliances and kitchen designs to reduce the risk of injury to your elderly loved ones or to yourself, if you’re older but still enjoy cooking your favorite foods.

Best Appliances for the Elderly

Avoid Countertop Appliances

If possible, try to avoid using countertop appliances like microwaves or coffeemakers which can be easily knocked off or broken. There are built-in alternatives for these – and other – small appliances for the elderly that reduce the risk of them being knocked over.

Refrigerators

A refrigerator that comes with great lighting, helps reduce the risk of eating expired foods and helps you see everything you need inside of the fridge and freezer. The Maytag® french door refrigerator provides long handles to open the French doors with, making it easier to grip and it comes with LED lighting.

Stoves

Many house fires and injuries come from unattended foods on the stove. Induction stoves are an excellent choice to prevent burns because they don’t get hot unless there is a cooking vessel on them.

Choose a model that comes with a built-in oven for convenience. Another important feature is having a built-in timer, so your food doesn’t burn, and a large display and knobs that are easy to see.

Built-in Microwaves

Built-in Microwaves make any senior’s life easier. From reheating foods to warming their favorite beverage, a built-in microwave adds space to countertops. The best built-in microwaves for seniors will have a loud notification for when the food is done heating up.

Washing Machine

Doing laundry is often back-breaking work. Bending up and down to load and unload machines takes a toll on your lower back.

However, an all-in-one washer and dryer cuts that work in half and gets the laundry done in one convenient machine. Plus, it takes up less space than a conventional washer/dryer combo.

GE Café Smart Oven Close Up

Smart Technology for Seniors: Yes or No?

Smart technology has made appliances more functional and convenient for many homeowners but for seniors, the use of technology can feel overwhelming if they don’t have someone to teach them how to use it.

However, experts have found smart technology for seniors is a great way to increase their independence and help them age in place while living independently.

Thankfully, most of today’s appliances come with smart technology to make life easier. From automated shutoffs to sensors, appliances for the elderly can now make their lives simple and enjoyable.

Conclusion

If you’re looking for elderly-friendly appliances, Boston Appliance is here to help. We offer endless options to renovate your – or your loved one’s – kitchen to accommodate aging needs. Reach out today to find out more.