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Kitchen Mobility Aids – by Handy Healthcare Staff

No Comments 09 December 2009

If you have mobility or dexterity problems, perhaps carrying out daily kitchen tasks is proving more difficult. Kitchen mobility aids can make your life easier. Kitchen mobility aids are usually small and often relatively basic items, but can make a lot of. A jar opener or tap turner might not be an obvious purchase when compared to a mobility scooter, but it is likely to be used just as often, if not more often.
There is a diverse assortment of kitchen disability aids available, ranging from jar and bottle openers, trolleys, cutlery and crockery, tap and knob turners, kettle tippers, non-slip mats and cutting boards, to food preparation utensils, perching stools and many many more products.
Here are ten types of kitchen daily living aids that can help with food preparation and cooking.
1. Various types of jar and bottle openers are available which can be used in many situations around the house and garden, making them very versatile indeed. They work in different ways; some are a non-slip rubber cone that is placed over the jar or bottle lid, and others use a metal loop attached to a handle tightened round the lid, and then levered open.
2. Trolleys enable you to take items to and from the kitchen, can help with walking, and can also be used in other rooms as well. They can help with carrying food and all the things you need with you around the house, such as glasses, a drink and medication.
3. Those who require assistance with feeding can benefit from using cutlery with oversized or adapted handles. This style of cutlery is ideal for those with a weak or limited grip. Crockery with higher sides to prevent food spilling off the plate can help those with limited hand or muscle control. Scoop plates have angled sides to help ideal push food onto a fork or spoon, and are ideal for those who eat one handed.
4. Tap and knob turners can be fitted to kitchen and bathroom taps and cookers to make sinks and cookers easier to use. These turn conventional taps into levers, which mean that they are easier to use. Turners are also available for cooker controls to make cooking safer and easier.
5. A kettle tipper is a device that supports the weight of the kettle in a cradle and enables the kettle to be tipped, so that the user doesn’t have to take the weight of the kettle. These can be invaluable for people who haven’t
6. got the upper body strength or dexterity to pick up and hold a full kettle to make a hot drink. Mini kettles are also available which are smaller, hold a lot less water and much easier to use for those with limited upper body strength or mobility.
7. Non slip mats and coasters are ideal for placing under plates, and other items to prevent them from slipping around, when eating or preparing food for example.
8. Cutting boards are available which clamp to a work surface and often have sides to them. Sections for securing vegetables so they can be easily cut, and so that bread can be buttered safely using just one hand, for example.
9. Food preparation utensils such as spatulas, knives and graters are available with angled comfortable handles to reduce the strain on wrists and hands. These utensils allow those with mobility or dexterity problems to prepare and chop their own food without needing assistance.
10. A perching stool is invaluable for those people who aren’t able to stand up for long periods of time, and are perfect for use in the kitchen whilst preparing food, as well as in numerous other situations around the house.
These types of healthcare products are often recommended by Occupational Therapists and other healthcare experts. Kitchen mobility aids, such as these, can be the difference between somebody being able to cook for themselves and having to rely on someone else to cook for them. Many more daily living aid products are available which can benefit those with limited mobility or dexterity.
These are just a few examples of the range and variety of household mobility aids that are available. Why not see if there’s anything that could make your daily living easier?

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Bathroom Mobility Aids – by Handy Healthcare Staff

No Comments 07 December 2009

If your bath time is becoming a struggle, then why not choose from a selection of bathroom mobility aids to make bathing more enjoyable again. Many disability aids are available to help you get in and out of the bath, and help with bathing once in the bath or shower. You are sure to be able to find something to meet your requirements, and make bathing more enjoyable again.
Here is a list of ten types of useful bathroom healthcare products.
1. Steps, grab rails and poles are useful for helping you to get in and out of the bath. Steps can be built up to the correct height for you so that getting in and out of the bath is no longer as difficult. Grab rails and poles can be fitted to the bathroom walls or the floor to provide support when getting in and out of the bath or shower and so reduce the risk of slipping. It is recommended that grab rails and poles are professionally fitted by a qualified tradesperson to ensure that they are properly and safely installed.
2. A set of tap turners can make life easier for those with a weak grip. There are various types available to fit different shapes of tap. They fit to the taps, and provide more leverage making it is easier to turn the tap on and off.
3. A bathlift is another mobility product that can be very useful. It works by electrically lowering and raising the user into and out of the bath. The rechargeable handset will not lower the bathlift if there is not enough charge left to raise it back up again. This ensures that the user is not stranded in the bath if the battery runs out.
4. Bath seats and boards go across the width of the bath, and allow you to sit comfortably in the bath or shower. These can be easily removed as necessary. Transfer benches allow you to easily transfer from a wheelchair or powerchair for example to the bath or shower.
5. Bath stools and chairs sit in the bath itself, and are designed to allow you to perch or sit in the bath or shower. These often have height-adjustable legs so that you can be comfortable and at the right height whilst bathing or showering.
6. Bath thermometers change colour with the heat of the water and so ensure that you don’t scald yourself. These thermometers are also ideal for carers and other healthcare professionals who can see at a glance whether the water is the right temperature or not.
7. Once you are able to get in and out of the bath again, there are other healthcare products that can help you with bathing. So that you don’t have to stretch or reach as far for example, items such as long handled sponges, foot and toe washers, hair washers and flannel straps can make a real difference. These types of bathroom mobility aids don’t absorb water, and so they remain light and easy to use. Bath pillows and pressure relief cushions are also available to help make bathing more comfortable. Shower curtains with a U-shaped cut out for a bath board are available to stop water splashing out of the bath when using a bath board.
8. Reusable waterproof cast and dressing protectors slip over a cast or dressing on arms or legs, and ensure that the cast or dressing doesn’t get wet whilst bathing or showering.
9. Mobility aids such as raised toilet seats, toilet frames and toilet rails can also be of assistance whilst in the bathroom. A raised toilet seat can be fitted to a normal toilet seat, to raise the overall height of the toilet seat in order to help people with mobility problems. Toilet rails and frames can help by providing something safe and secure to lean on, and so can be beneficial to those who require help standing up or sitting down.
10. Self propelled shower chairs give the user independence. They are similar to a standard wheelchair, but are water resistant, and may have detachable arm rest and foot plates.
For carers and other healthcare professionals, bathroom mobility products, and other daily living aids can help whilst caring for others, and can perhaps, allow someone who currently needs help, to help themselves.
These are just a few examples of the range and variety of bathroom mobility aids that are available. Why not see if there’s anything that could make your daily living easier?

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Which of These 4 Personal Mobility Scooters Will You Own? – by Scooter Review Team

No Comments 05 December 2009

There are many makes and models of personal mobility scooters to choose from. Break them down and they fall into the 4 following categories of scooters. Here they are:
1) Folding/Easily Transported Scooters: Your scooter won’t do you much good if you have to go onto a trip and can’t take it with you. That’s when this type of scooter comes into play. Usually this type of scooter can be disassembled into 3 or 4 pieces of lightweight parts – making the scooter easily transportable. Able to fit into the trunk of most cars.
2) Three-Wheeled Scooters: As the name implies, this scooter has 3 wheels instead of 4. And it usually has a maximum weight capacity of 300 to 500lbs. Offering comfort and durability, three-wheel scooters can get you where you want to go indoors and outdoors.
3) Four-Wheeled Scooters: If you plan on mostly using your scooter outdoors, then a four-wheeled personal mobility scooter is probably right for you. Obviously because this type of scooter has four wheels instead of three, it’s much more stable. With bigger tires than three three-wheeler, it’s able to go as fast as 10 miles per hour.
4) Heavy Duty Electrified Personal Mobility Scooters: This type of scooter can come with three or four wheels and can support a maximum weight capacity of 500 pounds.
The type of personal mobility scooter you buy will depend upon several factors. Including weight of the user, whether the scooter will be used mostly indoors or outdoors and the amount of usage involved. Make sure you inform your salesperson of these factors. Don’t get talked into buying a scooter you don’t need.
Written by the Mobility Scooter Review Team. Go to www.electric-mobility-scooter-reviews.com to see more free articles, tips and info. Updated weekly! This is the ultimate resource on mobility scooters.

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What Is the Difference Between a Mobility Scooter and a Powerchair? – by www.scootamart.com Staff

No Comments 02 December 2009

What Is the Difference Between a Mobility Scooter and a Powerchair?
Mobility scooters and powerchairs are often grouped together to differentiate them from traditional self-propelled, or pushed wheelchairs. There are however some fundamental differences between a mobility scooter and a powerchair.
Mobility scooters have three or 4 wheels and are steered using a bicycle style handlebar (or tiller) which requires 2 hands, and are designed to travel up to 35 miles. They are used by people with limited mobility, or those who tire easily when walking.
Powerchairs usually look more like traditional wheelchairs, and some models even look just like a traditional wheelchair with batteries and a motor attached to each wheel. The powerchair is driven using one hand by a joystick controller on the arm of the powerchair. Powerchair users tend to spend more time in their chairs than scooter users spend on their scooters. Because of this, powerchairs tend to be more adaptable than disabled scooters and some models can have specialist seats and controllers fitted to suit the individual requirements of the user. For example, the powerchair can be controlled by hand, by a chin controller, or even using a sip and puff pipe operated with the mouth. The footrests can be specific to the user’s needs and can include swing away or articulating footrests. Powerchairs are also more likely to be used inside although some powerchairs are equally capable indoors and outdoors. Mobility scooters are more likely to be used outdoors, although some of the smaller ones can be used indoors.
Electric scooters usually have one motor to drive the rear wheels. Powerchairs have two motors to individually drive the rear wheels. This gives the powerchair a great turning circle, and provides a lot of traction and control. Some powerchairs even have an electrically operated hydraulic seat so that the user can reach traditionally unreachable places like cupboards and shelves. Disabled scooters tend to be less customisable than powerchairs, and have fewer optional extras.
Disability scooters tend to be less expensive than powerchairs. Powerchairs have two motors, and better, more supportive seating as users often spend a lot of time in the powerchair. Powerchair users may not be able to support themselves, or be able to walk at all, and so their requirements are different from mobility scooter users.
Traditionally, powerchairs were not as easy to dismantle as mobility scooters, but this is changing and most of the powerchair manufacturers offer powerchairs that will fit into a car boot. Designs are changing so that powerchairs are becoming as easy to dismantle and as rugged as mobility scooters. Some powerchairs have six wheels for added stability, and some are front wheel drive for added manoeuvrability.
Now that you have found out more about the differences between mobility scooters and powerchairs, you can decide which will suit you best.

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