- INDEPENDENT LIVING BLOGS -

- PRACTICAL LIVING AIDS -  

 

Age, illness or disability can make the simplest of tasks become difficult and frustrating. 

   

   If you are struggling with limited mobility then we can help.

 

Our extensive range of Independent Living Aids are designed to assist in making those daily tasks as stress-free as possible.

 

Do you struggle getting dressed every day?  

Do you suffer with limited hand function or impaired grip?

Do you have difficulty in bending down?

Do you have a visual impairment?

 

These are just a few examples of how our range of Practical Living Aids can help make life that much easier.

 

Regain your independence today and check out our full range of Practical Living Aids by simply clicking on the following links:

 

PRACTICAL AIDS     STOCKING AIDS 

 

SUPPORT BRACES    KITCHEN AIDS  

 

TAP TURNERS/KEY TURNERS 

 

TOILETING AIDS

 

BATHING AIDS

 

HANDI-REACHERS 

 

If you would like advice on any of our products please contact us, where a member of our team will be happy to assist.

                      - BATHROOM SAFETY -             

 

Did you know that the smallest room in your home can be the most dangerous - The Bathroom.

With hard, slick surfaces that frequently get wet and slippery, this room can be a danger zone.

However, with a little work you can go a long way towards creating a safe, comfortable environment.

We stock a wide range of safety products which can make a massive difference to your safety and independence at low, affordable prices.

 

Some of the following products are just examples of how making your bathroom safety proof can be achieved.

NON-SLIP MATS for showers and baths.
GRAB RAILS which should be long enough and wide enough to grasp easily, be covered in a non-slippery coating and be securely anchored enough to hold an adult`s weight.
TOILET FRAMES can add stability and can be height adjusted to suit the user.
RAISED TOILET SEATS which sit on an existing toilet seat. Available in 3 height sizes,50mm(2")100mm(4")and 132mm(5 1/4")
SHOWER STOOLS/SEATS are available either with a rigid seat or a revolving seat (which can aid a user to swivel around). These stools/seats come with plastic suckers on the feet to prevent slipping or moving about. Most stools/seats are also height adjustable.
PERCHING STOOLS have angled seats to help make sitting down and getting up easier. The padded seat and back adds comfort for the user. They are height adjustable to accommodate most adults.
BATH STEPS are attractive and discreet and aid the user by getting in and out of the bath. The steps have a textured surface that is slip resistant providing confidence for the user.

These are just a few ideas that can help you decide on the best way to making your bathroom safe and comfortable.

For more help and advice on any of these products and ways to make your bathroom safe please contact us where a member of our team will be happy to assist.

- CHOOSING & FITTING GRAB RAILS -

 

Although, primarily used in the bathroom and toilet  GRAB RAILS  can be positioned anywhere in and around the home to provide support in the following ways:

  • To push or pull against when standing
  • To provide a steady support while sitting down
  • To provide a firm grib when transferring from one position to another
  • For balance when standing, walking or dressing

 

 - TYPES OF GRAB RAIL -

       

STRAIGHT RAIL - These are wall-fixed rails which run in one direction only. They can be fixed in a horizontal or vertical position an incline or an angle.

 

ANGLED RAILS & RIGHT ANGLED RAILS - These are also wall-fixed but are set at an angle. The top part is usually fixed in a vertical position. The lower angled part acts as a forearm support whilst pulling up or with a 90 degree bend to give horizontal AND vertical handhold. This enables the users bodyweight to be distributed through the forearm which can help with painful hands and wrists.

 

FLOOR TO WALL RAILS - These rails are fixed to both floor and wall. A 90 degree bend provides a horizontal AND a vertical handhold to help suppot the user.

 

- FINISH OF THE RAIL -  

 

The finish of the rail may be important from an aesthetic point of view and also for the grip surface it provides.

 

 

POLISH/CHROME FINISH - This finish is attractive and hard wearing but can be quite slippery to hold when hands are wet.

 

PAINT/PLASTIC FINISH - This finish provides a warmer feel to rails, is hard wearing and will reduce the effects of condensation. A choice of colour allows for a colour contrast with the wall for users with low vision or for co-ordination of bathroom accessesories.

 

POLISHED STAINLESS STEEL - These rails are available in either a simple straight rail design or a sleek curved rail design to add a touch of style to any bathroom, at the same time providing support for the user.

 

SLIP RESISTANT/KNURLED/RIBBED FINISH - This a moulded, coated, textured surface finish which provides extra grip even when wet.

 

For more help and advice on  GRAB RAILS  contact us via our website, in store or by phone.

 

For more indepth advice follow this link: 

 

www.dlf.org.uk

 

- DEBIT CARDS FOR THE BLIND & PARTIALLY SIGHTED -

 

Finally, two of our High Street banks, RBS and NatWest are now launching a new accessible debit and savings card which have been specifically designed for blind and partially sighted customers.

The new cards will feature braille markings to identify which card is savings and which card is debit. It will also have a notch cut out on the right hand side of the card to help customers insert their card into ATMs and PIN pads correctly. The cards will show telephone numbers where they will be most clear and will have larger font on the back to make the numbers easier to read.

The cards can be ordered in all RBS and NatWest branches, online or through telephone banking and will be issued within 48 hours.

For more details click on the link below:

 

www.rbs.com 

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