Martha from Carrboro is an elderly widow who lives alone with no immediate family nearby. She also struggles with short-term memory loss associated with dementia. With care and support from two loving neighbors, Martha remains in her home independently. But some everyday household activities are still quite dangerous--especially in the kitchen.
After talking with her caregivers and assessing the home, we found a way to help by installing a CookStop fire prevention device in Martha’s kitchen. CookStop uses motion sensor technology to automatically turn off an unattended stove.
This safety measure may help Martha remain independent a little while longer. It also gives her and her caregivers better peace of mind. Finally, it's a good example of how our Neighbor Care program works: delivering big results through simple fixes.