View Full Version : DLF survey: using equipment to aid independent living

21-03-19, 16:45
We are interested in finding out about your experiences of using small pieces of equipment (daily living aids) - what have you found most useful in helping you to live independently? This might be anything from a kettle tipper through to a long handled comb.

Does anyone have small aids they use or have seen? If so, what are they and how useful have you found them?

From the DLF team

21-03-19, 16:58
My grabber is the most useful aid I have. I am forever dropping things and without that I would have to ask someone to pick up after me.

22-03-19, 12:00
My main problems are due to one hand not working.

So things I find useful

- Cutlery - a combined ome handed knife/fork

- a one handed gadget that acts a bottle opener/lifts ring pull lids off cans

- a square thin piece of sticky rubber to improve my grip to take bottle tops off milk containers

What I could do with

- something to pull my polo shirt collar up at the back as my good hand can't reach the far side

- something to aid tying shoe laces - takes me 15 minutes to tie laces - drives me mad

- I get around buttons on shirts by not undoing them short of the top two

- I can't put a coat on so I don't wear one

- typing is done with finger and thumb but voice recognition software can help me type without a keyboard

- I need something to close curtains automatically as at present I leave them open

Crutch ferrule - I use to have many falls using an elbow crutch due to the standard rubber ferrule sliding away if it hit wet lichen, marble floors, dust on shine flooring. The god send was a thermoplastic ferrule on a spring. Whatever angle your crutch was at the seat of the ferrule remained flat on the floor - a brilliant simple design that works.

22-03-19, 12:17
- something to aid tying shoe laces - takes me 15 minutes to tie laces - drives me mad.
Have you tried something like these elastic ones? Tie them once then just slip shoes on and off.

There are various other types if you don't want a traditional looking lace.

22-03-19, 12:44
1. Pick up grabber
2. Similar - magnetic/telescopic
3. Jar/bottle grippers
4. Kettle tipper
5. Two-handled mug
6. Two-handled saucepan
7. Long shoe horn

05-05-19, 10:23
Poundland picker upper also doubles up to control curtains

Poundland back scratcher with shoe horn

Also they do a non slip mat it looks like webbing and comes on a long roll, like Dycem it stops cups, bottles, glasses, anything really from slipping on worktops or tables.

One long piece of coloured thin (3 or 4mm) dressmaking elastic threaded through lace holes on shoes and hey no more struggles with those laces.