Life made easier 2

Carrying on from the last set of great innovations and products that could help the life of an elderly person, we have some more inventions that could come in very handy!

So we’re going to start off with a step stool with handle. When you struggle to reach high, to that book right on the top shelf, many people would use a step ladder or stool. But for some, balancing can also be very difficult, so that’s where the step stool with handle comes in! It lets you reach further while also giving balance and security.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Patterson-Medical-Chrome-Plated-Handle/dp/B0056PPR9S

Next up is the button helper! For many people with arthritis doing up buttons can be near impossible: like trying to nail jelly to a tree it can be intensely frustrating. With the use of the button opener the task can be made simple and easy and will save a lot of pain. Doing up the buttons on a shirt or wherever can be a difficult task for even the most dexterous, but for people with shaky hands, unsteady fingers, arthritis or any other similar problem it is far too difficult, but this makes it nice and simple.

http://www.elderberrydirect.co.uk/button-helper.html

Many elderly people struggle to touch small fiddly buttons, some suffer from arthritis, and to aid these people Big Button Phones are available. With these large buttons dexterity is not needed to operate these machines, making calling loved ones far easier for them. Some of the new phones are ridiculous, you can hardly see the buttons on the phone let alone press them, so a big buttoned phone is a very welcome addition to elderly friendly gadgets.

http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/5528666.htm

Lastly is another aid for those who struggle to grip and twist. Turning a stiff tap handle can be a real struggle, but with a tap turner it can be easy. Providing more leverage, anyone can easily put the tap on, or turn it off. Maybe you or someone you know can turn a tap on fine, but struggles to tighten it back up again so it doesn’t drip. If that’s the case then this could be perfect.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Pair-Easy-Turn-Crosshead-Turners/dp/B008ATCCGI

We have selected an sample of the devices and suppliers out there but there are many more if you have time to explore.

InnovationThis blog post has been contributed by our work experience student, Jamie Cox.

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