Everybody wants to maintain an independent and active lifestyle for as long as possible, but personal care and household chores can prove difficult with age or a long term condition. Fortunately there are many useful products on the market to make coping with everyday life easier and safer too.
For example, a person with arthritic hands who has difficulty picking things up will find a ready reacher can help them without the need to bend. Or if unsteady on their feet and wanting to move food and drink safely, a trolley will provide stability and avoid spillage.
It’s always worth looking to see if there is a product aid available that will help to complete a task more easily.
With the right aids and equipment many of the everyday actions that most of us take for granted can be made easier; for example, standing up or getting out of bed, eating, drinking or dressing. And the use of purpose designed bedroom and seating products is a common sense measure, not just for reasons of comfort but also to prevent pressure sores.
Many people, even when they grow older or have a disability, still want to retain their independence and live alone. Assistive technology products such as a motion sensor can help them to stay in their own home and provide reassurance that help is at hand in the case of problems.
Maintaining personal hygiene is essential for retaining dignity and everyone wants to be able to take a bath or shower by themselves for as long as possible. However, it's important to make sure the bathroom has appropriate safety measures in place to reduce the risk of a slip or fall.
For example, standing up too quickly can make an older person light headed, so a handrail and a non-slip mat are useful measures to help maintain balance. A bath seat or bath lift can also make it easier to get in and out, but taking a shower with a shower stool may be a better option.
Choosing the right aids can make bathing easier, increase confidence, reduce the opportunities for mishaps and prolong independence.
Our wide range of purpose designed products can improve the quality of life and prolong independence for people with dementia, whether in residential care, a nursing home, hospital or their own homes.
Becoming forgetful can be a normal part of the ageing process but memory loss is also a symptom of dementia. However, products are available to help overcome the problems that forgetfulness can cause, such as failing to take medication or missing out on medication. We also offer activities, games and memory cards to stimulate the brain and help people to reconnect with their past.
Eating and drinking properly is also essential but eating habits can change with dementia. Consider using purpose designed plates or cups to reduce spillage and make mealtimes a more pleasurable experience.
People with dementia or sight problems can now benefit from good clear signage in residential care homes, nursing homes, hospitals and an ever growing number of public buildings. They can even benefit in their own home as the place in which a person has lived for many years can become unfamiliar with the onset of dementia.
We offer a range of high visibility signs that have been purpose designed for all the most important locations so, for example, that residents in a care home or patients in a hospital can find their own way to the toilet and bathroom or identify their own bedroom without feelings of stress. Directional and personalised signs are also available.
All our signs are made from durable, top quality fire rated plastics and come with strong acrylic adhesives on the back for simple, effective fitting. They are also available in different shapes and sizes.
Physical activity and exercise can help everyone to stay fit and healthy, so we have products ideal for use around the home, in the office or wherever there’s room to set them up. For those who wish to monitor their health more closely, we can also supply products which let them check their own body composition, cholesterol levels and blood pressure. For aches, pains and sprains, there are body supports, dressings and bandages and pain relieving TENS machines.
The range extends to medical and diagnostic products for use in hospitals and other healthcare settings. These include disposable items such as aprons and gloves, sterile packs, suction tubing, syringes and needles, as well as pressure care products to reduce the risk of bed sores.
We offer an extensive range of stylish yet practical mobility aids to help the user stay active and independent. Older people in particular and those with a disability will enjoy the freedom offered and appreciate the ability to move around comfortably, indoors and out, with a reduced risk of falls.
The range contains a wide choice; for example, height adjustable walking sticks, lightweight walking frames and easy to manoeuvre rollators with a flip up seat that allows the user to sit comfortably. We also offer attendant controlled or self propelled wheelchairs with the focus on comfort, style and quality.
See also our range of ramps, lifting hoists and transfer aids to facilitate access and re-positioning.
Going to the toilet can be a source of anxiety, especially for older people, but there are ways to alleviate the problems.
We offer a wide range of support products which can make the toilet easier to access. For example, if the toilet is difficult to reach, a commode chair, whether on wheels or discreetly designed to look like a normal chair, may be the answer.
Comfort is often an issue and raised toilet seats which fit onto an existing toilet will make it much easier to sit or stand. Sturdy and lightweight toilet frames are available to fit over an existing toilet and offer support when sitting or standing, while grab rails too can decrease the likelihood of a damaging fall.