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Safe Plug Technology

MicroFridge combination units are staples in college dorms and military barracks. False fire alarms can also be a part of the college experience. Which is why, when creating our appliances, we kept fire safety in mind.

We’ve created not 1 but 2 patented ways to aid in fire safety and prevention, as well as minimize false fire alarms:

  1. 1st Defense Smoke Sensor
    • If smoke is detected while the microwave is in use, the microwave will automatically shut itself off until the smoke dissipates.
    • Check out our blog post to learn more about the smoke sensor.
  2. Safe Plug
    • The Safe Plug is patented technology that conserves electricity and reduces potential fire hazards that can be caused by overloaded circuits. 

How it works? 

  • Our combination appliances are engineered with a unique One-Plug to the wall operation. When assembling the combination unit the blue plug on the back of the refrigerator gets plugged into the back of the microwave, and the plug for the microwave is the only plug that goes into a wall outlet.  
  • The Safe Plug technology is built into the microwave itself. When in use the microwave will temporarily shut off the power to the refrigerator and charging outlets, to prevent the circuits from overloading. When the microwave is no longer in use the power to the refrigerator and charging outlets will resume.  

 

Benefits: 

  • This technology is patented exclusively to MicroFridge.  
  • Institutions won’t have to worry about overloaded or blown circuits, and high energy consumption. 
  • All units that have the Safe Plug are Energy Star Rated. 
  • This technology controls the microwave, refrigerators, the extra outlets and charging station on the microwave. 
  • Never draws more than 11-15 amps of current. 

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Our full lineup of combination units can be found here. If you’re looking for units that have this technology, look for the Safe Plug logo safe plug logo .

Click here if you have additional questions or would like more information on the Safe Plug or check out this video to see the Safe Plug in action.

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5 Outdated Assisted Living Trends We’re Glad to Leave Behind

The face of older adulthood is changing. With a rapidly aging population (there will soon be more seniors than children living in America), our perspective on life after 65 is evolving in important ways. ‘Assisted living’, once synonymous with white walls, meagre meals and sparse amenities, is gradually changing for the better.

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These are a few of the outdated assisted living trends we’re glad to finally leave behind.

1. Inflexible Living Quarters

Aging doesn’t unfold the same way for everyone. Today, more assisted living communities are being built to enable seniors with varying needs to live independently for as long as possible.

There is a wider range of housing options, from full apartments to smaller suites for both assisted and semi-assisted living. Communities incorporate universal design principles to welcome adults of all abilities. Amenities like the MicroFridge offer safety and convenience for seniors who wish to dine alone or with guests in their own space.

2. Few Activities

In the past, assisted living facilities focused mainly on providing the necessities, with little thought towards recreation or personal development. That’s finally beginning to change. The desire to live, learn and explore doesn’t end at 65, and more people are recognizing the benefits of discovering new skills and hobbies well into the later years.

Nowadays, many senior communities offer classes on things like yoga, painting, dance, music, and exercise.

3. Isolation

Moving to an assisted living community used to mean stepping away from community life. Fortunately, organizations and communities are beginning to work together to ensure that older adults remain part of the cultural fabric.

Location plays a big part in this. Senior communities of the past were often built on the outskirts, where land is cheaper and more widely available. Now, there’s a welcome shift towards incorporating assisted living into existing neighbourhoods with parks, libraries, stores and transportation services.

4. Unappetizing Meals

Meal planning has always been a challenge in senior communities. How do you satisfy so many different dietary preferences and needs all at once? The result was typically a limited menu of bland, low-fat, low-cholesterol meals.

Today’s assisted living providers have found a better solution. Rather than the old cafeteria-style model, more communities are taking a restaurant-style approach to dining, offering custom-made meals drawn from a variety of cuisines. Many also offer suites with kitchenettes and safe appliances to allow seniors to cook and dine independently.

5. Language of Aging

As assisted living trends have progressed, so has the language we use to discuss it.

The term assisted living is itself a step forward from clinical words like nursing home and senior facility, which painted aging as a condition rather than a natural branch of life. Instead of beds or units in a senior community, we use words like suite or apartment to acknowledge these spaces as somebody’s home.

Language is powerful. Although words alone won’t change assisted living trends, they play a big part in shaping our views, and they help promote dignity and respect for the aging process.

Safe Appliances for Assisted Living

Moving to an assisted living community isn’t the end of a life story – it’s just another chapter. We’re proud to make appliances that help to empower independent living at all stages of life.