Equipment to help you in the home
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Eating and drinking
The Disabled Living Foundation has advice on equipment to make eating and drinking easier.
The Disability Living Foundation have information and advice about how you can adapt your clothes and dressing accessories, to make getting dressed by yourself easier.
If you have lost strength in your hands, it can be very difficult to prepare and cook food. There are lots of aids available including jar openers, kettle tippers and special food preparation boards.
If you are worried about dropping a pan of hot water when you are boiling vegetables, a simple solution is to put your prepared vegetables into a small chip basket inside the pan. Take a look at the video below to see how this works.
It's really important to make sure you get a chair that is the right size and height for you. If you find it hard to get up from your chair, a riser recliner chair might help you. This is an electric-powered chair that can raise up slowly, making it easier for you to stand up.
The Disabled Living Foundation has information about equipment to help you get in and out of bed and also on different types of bed.
The Disabled Living Foundation has information about equipment to help you with tasks such as:
Applying lotion and brushing your hair
A long-handled lotion applicator can help you to apply lotion to your back if you find it hard to reach. You can also get long-handled hair brushes so you can continue to be able to brush your hair yourself.
Washing your back
A long-handled back washer can help if you have stiff shoulders or elbows.
If you can't stand up for long periods of time
A perching stool can help you if you find it hard to stand up for long periods of time. You can sit on it while you're using the sink. You can also use it in other places around the house, such as the kitchen.
Getting in and out of the bath
A powered bath lift can help you by lowering you slowly into the bath. It will also raise you up again when you are ready to get out.
A bath board is a simple bit of equipment that gives you extra support when getting into the bath. It also gives you a seat if you need it, while using an over-bath shower.
A swivel bather gives a bit more support than a bath board and allows you to sit down while using an over-bath shower.
Where to find equipment
We have a directory of equipment suppliers who you can buy equipment from directly.
Contact us if you would like to talk to someone about equipment.