If you are a senior or have a senior in your life, you know how difficult it can be to get through the day doing the little things that have to be done. You know, things like eating, buttoning your shirt, putting the key in the ignition or the front door….
Thankfully there are those who care enough about seniors and people with disabilities to work toward making like easier and more doable. Their ingenuity has given us a plethora of tools and ‘gadgets’ that provides the user a sense of independence and mobility.
How many of the following would help you or your loved one get through the day to day tasks of living with less hassle?
- Reacher/grabber: The grabber is an aluminum rod with ‘pinchers’ on the end that you use to retrieve things above or below arm’s reach.
- Plate bumper: This simple ‘bumper’ easily attaches to a dinner plate to keep food from sliding off onto the table, floor, or someone’s lap.
- Easy-grip and bendable table service: Knives, forks, and spoons are a must-have for eating, but griping the handles can prove difficult (if not impossible) for someone with a disability or for someone whose joints are painful and swollen.
- Dressing hook: Similar to a grabber, the dressing hook lets a person reach behind them to put on a blouse, sweater, coat, or jacket with minimal effort and no pain.
- Zipper pulls: A zipper pull is an easy-to-grip tool that attaches to a zipper so that it can be pulled up or down without having to hold on to the tiny metal pull that is often ‘hidden’ in the fabric of a garment.
- Key tags: These colorful rubber covers fit over the top of your house or car keys, making them easy to find and easy to hold on to.
- Pill boxes: “Did I take my pills this morning?” is a question you won’t ever have to ask again when you use a pill box that allows you to sort your medication into a compartment for each day of the week.
- Television remotes that have extra-large buttons: The over-sized remote control eliminates the frustration of hitting the wrong button. The back-light feature many of them come with is also nice.
These are just a few of the countless tools available to seniors and those with disabilities to make life less challenging in the one place that should be safe, easy, and comfortable…home.