Helpful household gizmos and gadgets for independent living
Watch: how household gadgets can make your life easier
Transcript - Assistive Technology (38KB)
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Visit the AskSARA website to browse and buy helpful household gadgets.
A few handy gadgets around the home can really make a difference to your quality of life.
If you struggle with washing, dressing and cooking, or care for someone who does, then you should find out more about the useful aids, equipment and adaptations that exist to make living at home a whole lot easier.
Some of the items you can buy:
a grab rail to help manage steps,
kitchen aids which can help with cooking,
aids to help wash, dress and adjust the height of chairs and bed,
devices to remind you when your medication should be taken,
solutions to help with hearing and sight difficulties,
community alarms and telecare devices that you can use to call for help in an emergency, if you've had a fall for example,
changes to your home such as stair lifts and easy access showers
and much more.
If you'd rather think about living somewhere with as much or as little care support as you want, have a look at the Extra Care pages.
Do you have any useful advice or experiences that could help others? Tell the website Editor or talk to other people.
Julie, from Lichfield
“My husband has Alzheimer's and was forgetting things especially his medication.
Through Staffordshire Cares I discovered helpful gizmos that could really make a difference to our safety," said Julie, "and generally make things easier for us at home.
We bought two gadgets including a pill dispenser which helps George take his medicine at the right time on the right day.
It's a real weight off my mind."
This case study is for illustrative purposes only. Do you have some advice or an experience to share with others? Send your advice to the editor and it will be put on the Staffordshire Cares website.