This section includes a wide range of small and long-handled personal care products for activities such as shaving, applying make-up, and hair care. Foot and hand care; hand and hair driers; and mirrors for personal use have been included.
In addition, there is information on perching stools, weighing scales and changing tables.
It is worth considering what part of the activity you require assistance with. You may be able to modify the method of carrying out a task or use one of the personal care products available.
The long handled products may help people with a limited range of movement in their wrists or hips and could compensate for a lack of reach or strength. For a person with coordination problems such as tremors, ataxia, or athetoid movements, stabilising the arm may help. Building up handles may assist people who have a limited grip.
Weighing scales have been included. Some of the standing scales may be useful for blind and partially sighted people, due to the labelling or the use of automated sound.
Assist UK is the National network for advice on independent living equipment. Assist UK leads a UK wide network of Disabled Living Centres. Each centre has a permanent exhibition of products and equipment designed to enable independent living. Thus the centres provide individuals with opportunities to view, and try, products and equipment and obtain information and advice from professional staff about equipment that may assist them.
If you would like advice regarding dressing (not included in this website), you might like to try AskSARA. AskSARA is the Disabled Living Foundation's free online self assessment tool. AskSARA will ask you questions about yourself and activities of daily living and then offer relevant advice, product suggestions and supplier details. Click here for AskSARA's dressing section.
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