Each individual person and each disability are unique and will have their own difficulties to overcome, what works for one may not work for someone else.
Many new clever ideas, gadgets and inventions are appearing on the market, but as usual they come with the sting of being very high priced. But sometimes all it takes is something simple and cheap to make a problem or difficult chore easier, or even just finding a new way of doing things.
In this section we are not trying to promote of sell specific branded items, instead we aim to show off some clever ideas that are available and where possible cheaper options to save you money.
But this page is also for your own ideas, so if you have come across a solution to a problem, found a way around a difficulty, or even thought of your own design that you wish to share with others, send it in to us for inclusion.
For years those with sight loss have had to put up with using the most basic of aids, the stick. Apart from folding and being painted white it had about the same use as a normal garden cane.
Things are improving, technology is finally catching up, there is now a stick with alerts for obstacles above waist height, and using google mapping to guide you around town.
When you have trouble gripping, lifting and pouring heavy bottles such as washing up liquid can be a problem, using shampoo, conditioner or shower gel containers can also be difficult in the bathroom, even small milk bottles can be hard to hold and pour.
Purchasing pump dispensers from the pound shop or B&M and decanting the liquids into these can make all the difference, there are also many sizes of pump dispenser available that you can fit to existing containers, just make sure the internal pipe is long enough to reach the bottom.
Reaching dropped items or items that have fallen between furniture or cupboards can be made much easier using a simple grabbing tool, but dont pay the high markup price at a disability equipment shop, these shops sell them for anything between £8 - £20. Instead go to a Poundland store and buy one for a pound, for the same cost amount you could buy one to keep in each room, one for the car, and with a few to keep as spares !
Sometimes even a tray can prove difficult, plates and cups slide around and make us spill contents.
These non-slip trays sell for around £15 - £20 through disability aid suppliers,
but your local B&M store sell them for around £5, and I have seen them in Pondland for just a £1.
Opening cans can sprove difficult for us all, an electric can opener is far better to use when you cannot grip, but now many cans come with ring pulls which can also prove difficult.
There are lots of simple tools available now to help.
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These small aids can help when getting in and out of a car.
Credit to: Co-operative Mobility
Credit to: Ability Street
Credit to: IncoChoice
Credit to: Sheri D. Bean Co.
Credit to: Care is There Geriatric Care Management
Some useful advice for your kitchen