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Nearly 90 percent of seniors say they want to stay in their home. Doing so gives them a wonderful sense of continued independence.

But having mom or dad live alone can be a source of worry for their adult children. The, "What if?" scenarios can often overwhelm the mind. "What if she falls down?" "What if he forgets something on the stove?" "What if she doesn't tell me it's getting harder for her to get around?"

If you feel like this, you're not alone. In 2007 the AARP surveyed boomer women and found that two-thirds are concerned about their parents' ability to live independently.

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Automated reminders reduce missed medications

Whether you or someone you care keep for forget to take your medication, you're struggling to order your medication refills on time, or you need to monitor medicines for multiple family members, the Personal Caregiver app can help keep track of all those things, as well as manage medication reminders, so you never have to miss a dose or refill again.


Chart family medical history to assess potential health risks

Talking with your health care worker about your family health history can help you stay healthy! Use My Family Health Portrait to record pertinent health information about each of your relatives and generate a chart of health records or a family tree diagram. Organizing your information will help you or your doctor better visualize and assess potential health risks based on genetics and family history.


Keep crucial medical information handy in case of emergency

With the CARE Medical History Bracelet, your complete personal health history will always be within arm's reach. In the form of a USB flash drive compatible with any computer, the wristband makes essential medical information readily available to medical staff in the event of an emergency. Simply use the wristband's preloaded software to enter or update your health data on a computer and then download that data to the band.


Senior Fraud Protection Kit

A Senior Fraud Protection Kit can help family caregivers protect seniors by informing them of the latest scams being perpetrated on older adults and offering a variety of resources and tools to help their seniors avoid becoming a victim of these scams.


Hospitalization Risk Meter

Engage with the Hospitalization Risk Meter to learn more about 10 factors that may pose low, moderate and high risk for potential hospitalization.


5 Ways Guide

Use this guide, offered by the Home Instead Senior Care® network, to learn about five preventative actions that could keep an older adult out of the hospital.


Prevent Senior Hospitalizations: Executive Summary

Research conducted by Home Instead, Inc. indicates that the problem of preventable hospitalization of seniors is viewed as very to extremely serious by three-fourths (74.6%) of the North American nurses surveyed who specialize in senior care.


Interactive Home Safety Guide

What are the most unsafe areas of the home for seniors?


Home Safety Checklist

Use this checklist, from Home Instead Senior Care®, to help determine if a senior’s home is safe from hazards that could jeopardize well-being and independence.

Some of the most common recommendations include installing assistive equipment in the bathroom and handrails on stairs, removing clutter and tripping hazards, and improving lighting.

Safety Starts at Home (U.S.)

100% of ER physicians say it is very important that families of seniors invest in basic home safety modifications.

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