There is now a huge range of products and services, gadgets and gizmos, aimed at helping people to independently manage the tasks of daily living.
From stair lifts and walk-in baths, to safety kettles and easy-grip kitchen utensils, there are dozens of ways to counter the effects of ageing and lost mobility, without being forced to rely upon other people throughout the day.
But where to start? The Disability Foundation of Ireland offers resources.
Below is a brief idea of some of the many aids that are available to help people live independently, both in their homes and while they're out and about:
- Easy-access showers
- Bathing aids and bath lifts
- Shower stools and chairs
- Toilet aids and accessories
- Grab rails & non-slip surfaces
- Easy taps
- Anti-scald devices
- Alarm cords
- Adjustable beds
- Comfort and padding
- Support rails
- Large lamp switches
- Adjustable armchairs
- Lifting seat cushions
- Adapted cooking, eating and drinking utensils
- Perching stools
- Wall-mounted tin/packaging openers
- Door entry systems and key turners
- Adaptive clothing and footwear
- Medication dispensers and reminder alarms
- Ramps and rails
- Big button telephones or voice activated dialing systems
- Fall alarms
- Night lights
- Aids for getting into and out of cars
If you or your loved one has a need we've not mentioned here it does not mean there's not an aid to address it! If you can't find what you are looking for, the chances are that we will be able to point you in the right direction.