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New Tech to Enhance Elders’ Lifestyles and Homes

No matter your age, there’s always something exciting about moving to your next home. As you may be called to help out a parent who’s making just such a transition, we’ve put together some ideas on a few luxurious new home accessories that will surely be appreciated, as they add a gracious level of comfort to the new nest.

The NexIdea line of furniture breaks all the rules of traditional lift chair styling and design. The LUXE 1 Lift Chair shown here features a sliding head-and-neck cushion with viscose elastic memory foam over Ultra cell cushioning to provide the user with unsurpassed comfort.

The sophisticated synthetic monochrome leather and suede fabrics provide the greatest durability, easy care and style. The multi-function remote control and extra padding in the armrests provide a sense of personal control as well as extra comfort and support. The LUXE 1 Lift Chair also features Nex-Idea’s new multi-pocket design with five separate compartments for more organized storage.

Keep in touch with this smart innovation: The Ultra Clear Telephone with emergency contact function is ideal for the individual who lives alone and is looking for the comfort of knowing that help is right around the corner.

Do your parents sometimes struggle to hear you during important telephone conversations? Are the buttons on their current telephone rather small and hard to see? When talking on the telephone do the folks often ask you to speak up?

This telephone is a perfect solution. It is sound enhanced so that you can adjust the tone control to hear the person on the other end. It also has a large key pad for dialing ease and has outgoing speech amplification for individuals with mild speech impairments. A deluxe feature, a remote-controlled wristband allows one to alert others to action quickly, should the need arise.

Create a warm reading space for your special someone with the addition of the graphite grey and brushed chrome Design Po floor lamp, an appealing contemporary addition to a desk or easy chair. The sturdy, unobtrusive base provides maximum support—it stays put wherever it’s placed. Shown here is a clever accessory: an available optical-quality glass lens with 3x magnification that’s easy to attach to the lamp chair-side for a little extra help while reading.

We were excited to discover the Swash line of high-tech toilet seats that bring a new level of luxury and hygiene. Found in some of the finest homes on the continent and in Europe, this is simply a luxury no mature parent should be without. Better than a conventional toilet seat or bidet, the Swash features a heated seat and delivers a warm-water wash with temperature, pressure and pulsation adjustability. Take your parents’ master bath to the next level.

Operated from a wall-mountable wireless remote control, the Swash model also includes a warm-air dryer to complete the experience. Perfect for anyone with arthritis or requiring just a tad more personal pampering!

Finally, let’s face it, Mom and Dad won’t be staying at home with all that free time. Our favorite carriage is the striking EV Rider Breeze IV with Canopy. Shielded safely from the sun and elements, this scooter combines features adapted from the auto and motorcycle industries with an elegantly modern design.

Sitting astride its ergonomic orthopedic seat, their friends will quickly notice that this is no ordinary ride. The easy-to-operate controls for the Breeze IV are all thought- fully laid out at your fingertips. You never have to take your eyes off the road while driving!

Patrick Convoy is the founder and President of ELDERLUXE, a national luxury retailer with a large assortment of lifestyle accessories and fineries designed tastefully for the elite elder. For more information please visit www.elderluxe.com.

 Originally Published on GRAND Magazine in January-February 2007 Issue

Christine Crosby

About the author

Christine is the co-founder and editorial director for GRAND Magazine. She is the grandmother of five and great-grandmom (aka Grandmere) to one. She makes her home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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