Although probably not the first items you’d think of in terms of aesthetics, style and ergonomics, daily living aids play a large part in making life easier for many people suffering from mild to more serious disability, or even just recuperating from illness or surgery.
Manufacturers have not been slow to bring product evolution, technical materials and fashion trends into the many categories now increasingly available.
Here, we’ll take a brief look at a selection of these aids and gadgets that help us do the things we need to do easier.
For many people, using a normal kettle can create difficulties as just lifting and coordinating your grip can be hard, especially if the grip is weak and even the weight of an empty kettle can create problems.
Enter the Uccello Kettle, this is a Combination Kettle with Tipper, which means that it does the job for you pretty much. The Uccello has an effortless power-steering pour action. The weighted base of the Uccello Kettle swivels on a rotating axis to help pour hot water safely and steadily so it’s a highly useful aid in the kitchen, albeit at a price, coming in at around £55 including VAT.
In terms of design and styling, the Uccello is right up there with any modern coffee maker, juicer, or toaster, fitting in with that contemporary styling, so not out of place in a modern and stylish kitchen space.
Keeping our home secure and protected against unwanted trespassers is important to all of us, yet sometimes we need to grant access to others, or even just for our own use, and a Master Lock Key Safe achieves this, adding another layer of security.
It’s amazing how many home-owners still default to leaving keys under mats, plant-pots, window-sills etc – all first call places to look for would be intruders. I would have to admit here, I have been known to hide my own car keys near the front door when going out running, as I don’t want a key jangling around in my shorts!
The Master Lock Key Safe fits easily and blends with any exterior or interior design scheme, whilst keeping keys safe, it can hold up to 6 Yale type keys or 4 Mortice style keys.
For maximum levels of security, the Key Safe is fitted with a sliding shutter which conceals the lock and boasts a programmable, 4 digit combination code, with 10,000 possible permutations.
This kind of key safe is also very useful if you have rental properties, garages, or sheds where you potentially need to let others gain access when you are not there.
Another regular use for this is with the elderly or disabled, where carers need to gain access to the home safely and securely without the risk of keys going missing or being stolen.
When it comes to preparing food for cooking in the home, the task can be difficult as you’re juggling with veg and ingredients that sometimes feels like it has a mind of its own and is intent on evading any kind of grip!
Manufacturers have been very keen to help alleviate this problem that affects so many people, who otherwise really enjoy preparing food, cooking, or baking.
One device that’s been particularly well received in this space, is the Kitchen Workstation, this device whilst being lightweight and portable, has almost too many food prep options to mention here, but for the slippery carrot, or escapee sprout, times now up!
What I really love about the workstation, is that it’s very versatile in that it can hold steady almost anything you need to cut, slice, grate or dice and it therefore leads to a better end result in your final results. Use for preparation of salads, vegetables, and a wide range of baking applications, freeing up your hand when whisking, spreading, or slicing.
If you find you spend far too long in the kitchen, wrestling with your ingredients and taking longer than you want to, the Kitchen Workstation is for you and will give you back the enjoyment of cooking or baking again.
Staying in the kitchen, who else struggles with opening cans and jars, especially the ring-pull types?
The Multi Use Tin Opener has been designed to help out on that particular issue that creates difficulty for so many (not least the pesky ring-pulls snapping off!!) At just under £5 this is a godsend.
It enables you to easily open cans or tins with a ring pull, pressure sealed bottle caps, open tins, lift tin lids and open stubborn jar lids – so very useful to have around in the kitchen!
So a few ideas for you from the huge and growing ideas and innovations out there for daily living aids, if you want to see more ideas, for different parts of your home and garden, check out the category page here
Phil Ashforth is a staff writer for Mobility Smart, an online retailer of health,
wellbeing and mobility equipment to help you recover from injury,
recuperation and protection of joints and muscles when exercising or just
helping you in normal daily life, you’ll find their website here