Independent Living

Resources that can help
seniors stay in their own home

A variety of independent living products and services are now available to help seniors remain in their own homes despite their changing physical needs. This helps delay — and in many cases, totally avoid — moving into assisted living or nursing homes.

In addition to the products for the elderly, and home medical health supplies for seniors described on our Home Health Care Products and Supplies page, the organizations listed in our Volunteer Organizations page, and services provided by Professional Care Managers, here is more online information that can help aging parents to continue living independently in their own homes.

Home Modification and Safety AARP Preferred Site Gold Medal
AARP (formerly The American Association of Retired Persons) is the largest organization for adults age 50 and older. This part of their Web site has very helpful information about modifying your home to make it more comfortable, safer, and easier to carry out daily activities when your physical capabilities change. With these modifications, you may never have to move. And, most modifications can be made simply and inexpensively.
American Foundation for the Blind's Senior Site American Foundation for the Blind's Senior Site
If you or someone you care about has recently been diagnosed with vision loss, the American Foundation for the Blind's Senior Site will give you a solid foundation for understanding your eye condition, and your eventual treatment and rehabilitation.
Certified Senior Approved Services Certified Senior Approved Services
When you select a Certified Senior Approved Service, you can be assured that it is a safe, reliable company with a proven history of quality care. Each Certified Senior Business must have received a 90% or higher rating from seniors through their independent consumer driven survey process. In other words, they take the guesswork out of choosing a homecare company, an assisted living facility, and any other service that you or your mom and dad may need.
medical equipment home health care products Daily Living Solutions for mature Americans
As we age, it often becomes more difficult to use many everyday products due to arthritis and other problems. Shop for home health supplies online – practical and affordable products to help overcome limitations caused by arthritis and other challenges of aging, and to assist families who provide elderly care for their loved ones.
ElderCare Link ElderCarelink - Free Comprehensive ElderCare Referral Service
We have partnered with ElderCarelink to help you find the right local eldercare services for your loved one. ElderCarelink has established a nationwide network of carefully screened eldercare providers and facilities. We are pleased to bring this referral service to you free of charge. Last year, over 100,000 families used this service in their search for high-quality senior care. Let them assist you by filling out their brief survey.
Home Instead Home Instead Senior Care
The world's largest and most trusted provider of comprehensive, non-medical companionship and home care services for the elderly. Their services are designed for practically any living arrangement where an elderly person can manage their personal care, but needs companionship, human interaction and help with other day-to-day activities.
Lifeline Medical Alert Lifeline Medical Alert Systems
In an emergency, for example, if a Lifeline subscriber falls in their home and can't get up, they can contact trained Lifeline staff 24-hours-a-day from their home or yard simply by pressing a button. A Lifeline Monitor then assesses the subscriber's needs and quickly sends the appropriate support, whether it is a neighbor, friend, or their community's emergency services.

Note: Lifeline has a marketing arrangement with Caregivers Marketplace. If you first join Caregivers Marketplace (it's free!) and order Lifeline's services through Caregivers Marketplace, Lifeline's enrollment fee will be waived.

Caregivers Marketplace Caregivers Marketplace
LifeStation Medical Alert System LifeStation® Medical Alert System
For over 30 years, the LifeStation medical alarm has given seniors throughout America the ability to live independently where they are most comfortable - in their own homes. Knowing that LifeStation Care Specialists are only the push of a button away at all times will give you valuable peace of mind.
MD.2 Personal Medication System
MD.2 is the first medication system that offers individuals and caregivers a simple, cost-effective solution to the day-to-day "hassles" of complicated prescription schedules.
— Easy to set up, load, and refill
— Multiple reminders help ensure pills are taken on time
— Monitoring assures medications are correctly dispensed
— Doses can't be taken twice or at the wrong time
— Simple, one-button design makes dispensing easy
— Dispensing reports can be viewed online
QuietCare Home Health Security System
Utilizing technology previously only available to professionals, QuietCare's innovative early detection and warning system intelligently learns your loved one's routine and effectively identifies emerging health risks.

Our fast-acting alert system:

— Provides 24 hour coverage
— Enables a quick response
— Detects potential health risks
— Prevents falls and hospitalization
— Protects privacy and dignity
No cameras or microphones will invade your loved one's privacy. Instead, QuietCare protects your loved one by using state-of-the-art activity sensors.
Senior Corps' Senior Companions Program
Created by Congress in 1993, the Corporation for National Service engages Americans of all ages and backgrounds in community service. Its Senior Corps' Senior Companions Program helps adults who need assistance to live independently in their own homes. Senior Companions assist their clients by providing companionship and friendship to isolated frail seniors, assisting with simple chores, providing transportation, and adding richness to their lives. Search for Senior Companion Programs in your area in this section of the Corporation's Web site.
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