Mid August Golden Years Feature
Aids for Daily Living
Making eating easier in the kitchen
Parkinson’s, dementia, arthritis and other conditions can make eating a struggle. It’s not always easy to grip conventional cutlery, or hold a cup steady. At Living Needs we sell a wide range of utensils that have been specially designed to make eating and drinking easier.
They range from anti-slip cutlery grips and two-handled mugs, to ‘tilt to pour’ kettles. The new Uccello ‘Power Pour’ Kettle is lightweight and stylish. It tilts forward so you can easily pour a cup of tea. No more manoeuvring a heavy kettle full of potentially scalding water. You can also buy kitchen aids, such as automatic can openers, or cooking baskets that reduce the risk of getting scalded.
Help with bathing
If limited mobility is making it harder to reach your back, shoulders or feet, a long-handled sponge can prove very useful. There are also a range of products that have been specially designed for people who are unable to leave their beds. An inflatable hair washing basin, for instance, means you can have your hair washed while you’re in bed, without soaking the sheets.
Making it easier to get dressed
When it comes to getting dressed, there are lots of products that can help, such as button hooks, which help you to do your buttons up when your fingers are stiff or inflexible. A dressing stick can help you to pull on, and push off, clothes, while stocking aids make it easier to put on tights, socks or stockings. Elastic shoe laces can also be used with most shoes and don’t require tying each time.
Moving around your home with greater confidence
A fear of stumbling or slipping can make it tempting to stay in one place as much as possible. Grab rails make it easier to move around your home, and pull yourself up steps. Anti-slip strips and circles are also a good idea for areas that are likely to get wet, such as baths, shower trays and bathroom floors.
There really are too many living aids to list here. From long-handled combs to handy grabbers, there are so many low-cost items that can make a real difference to your day-to- day life. If you give us a call at Living Needs on 01271 374600, we’d be more than happy to chat about which ones might be most useful for you. Or pop into our newly enlarged showroom, halfway down Mill Road in Barnstaple.