When you’re dressing yourself, one particular complication can be fasteners. Whether you have poor manual dexterity or the use of only one hand, it can be virtually impossible, for instance, to fasten the buckles on your belts. Or you might be able to manage the buckle with a struggle, but then have problems if you have to rush to the toilet.
Easy Belts are the answer. They have a velcro strip that simply goes through a D-shaped buckle and folds back on itself, holding the belt securely in place – easy to operate single-handedly.
Colourful designs and styles
Secure but easy to undo velcro fastening belts
Easy Belts come in both adult and child sizes, adjustable of course, and can be made to measure if required. They are slightly elasticated, a boon for people with conditions like Irritable Bowel Syndrome which can cause painful bloating.
You can choose your Easy Belt from a range of colours, from pink stripes to black. Why not buy several, so you’ll always have one to match your outfit? It also means there’s bound to be one to match your child’s school uniform. Easy Belts can be machine washed, and come out looking as good as new every time.
Existing users are very positive about their Easy Belts. A man with Parkinson’s Disease was no longer able to manage normal belts and this caused distress. Easy Belt made it so easy for him to do up his belt. A teenage girl with learning disabilities could manage most things herself but struggled with belt buckles. Once she had an Easy Belt those days were gone: no more fiddling to find the hole, just one pull and fasten and it was done.
Easy Belts are highly recommended as a functional and fashionable aid to independence. With their excellent choice of sizes and colours, there’s bound to be one to suit you. And at their very reasonable price, how can you lose?
It can be difficult for wheelchair users to find the right bag for their needs, especially if they want to carry a laptop, iPad, or small detachable speech simulator with them. And many of us who use wheelchairs know how frustrating it is to have our movement restricted by a conventional wheelchair tray.
Ideal for meals, or a quick cuppa on the move!
The Trabasack range of wheelchair lap trays could be just what the situation calls for. Trabasack wheelchair lap trays have one side as tray surface that is firm and flat enough to write and work upon, and underneath a small beanbag sac that helps the trabasack to rest levelly on your knees without adding to the weight. Your Trabasack lap tray is convenient to carry and use on your lap wherever you are and whatever you’re doing: to sign forms in the bank; to rest your cup of coffee; to write notes; or for crafting.
Between the flat and beanbag surfaces of the Trabasack is a securely zipped bag with more than enough space for your daily needs. The Trabasack Curve is large enough for a 14″ laptop or notebook computer – it’s shaped to fit perfectly round the waist, and has no hard corners. The Trabasack Mini is super slim but large enough for iPads and most smaller laptops and notepads, and for A4 documents.
A Trabasack comes with handles and a choice of straps, so as well as a wheelchair lap tray it can be used as a briefcase, a messenger bag, or a shoulder bag. You can machine wash your Trabasack, and of course it comes with a one year guarantee.
Both types of Trabasack come with a choice of surfaces on the flat side. The standard Trabasack has black leather-style PVC, easy to wipe clean and hardwearing. The Curve has a soft Velcro ready surface: anything with Velcro “hooks” attached will stick to it. So, for instance, you could attach velcro to your phone, remote control, games console, or a child’s toy, and be sure it won’t fall out of reach.
Here is a video testimonial from public speaker, Dr Mark Edworthy, that explains why he finds it useful:
Altogether the Trabasack is that rarest of things: a multipurpose product that really does succeed in all it sets out to do. Very highly recommended!
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The entire range of Trabasack lap tray bags are available for sale at Equ4l.com, along with the essential Trabasack accessories, such as the Trabasack Mat and Media Mount.
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Many of us need to use bedroom aids of one type or another. If you need to use mattress protection, you might have resigned yourself – reluctantly – to the noise, stickiness, and sweatiness of a PVC or vinyl mattress protector under you or your child.
Brolly Sheet mattress protectors, which are new to the UK but already very popular in Australia, New Zealand and the USA, could be the low-tech lifesaver you’ve been looking for. The unique top surface is comfortable 100% natural cotton, and the sheets come in five different colours, so there’s bound to be one to suit the decor. Or why not match it to your child’s football team colours?
Brolly Sheet mattress protectors have tuck-in gingham wings to hold them securely in place over a fitted sheet. Being highly absorbent, they are a big improvement on traditional mattress protection. They hold up to 2 litres of fluid without risk of leaking, and have no PVC or vinyl to cause irritation or allergic reactions. The backing is quiet and a ‘non-sweaty’ waterproof polyurethane laminate.
Once your Brolly Sheet is wet, it’s so simple to change it without having to strip the entire bed. The sheets are machine washable and can be tumble or line dried.
Lightweight and easily portable, Brolly Sheet mattress protectors are ideal for travelling. They come in a range of sizes from single bed to king size. The cost of one Brolly Sheet is equivalent to only a few weeks’ worth of disposable mattress pads or night nappies.
Watch this video of Diane, the NZ creator of Brolly Sheets, explain them:
Reviewers love Brolly Sheet mattress protectors. One woman says she can’t speak highly enough of them, and will be getting another when she starts to toilet train her little boy. Another previously used a square protector without wings, which always moved. The Brolly Sheet stays still, it’s easy to change when necessary, and washes and tumble dries with no problems.
At Living with Disability we have obtained some Brolly sheets at a special introductory price. We only have white single sheets and white single quilted mattress protectors, but, while stocks last, these are at an Amazon beating price!
Brolly Sheet White Single Quilted Mattress Protector including 2nd class Postage £18.95
Brolly Sheet White Waterproof Single Sheet Protector including 2nd Class postage £22.95
Buy with confidence, we are the same company that makes the award winning lapdesk travel bag Trabasack. Call 0800 567 7812 or email duncan (AT) trabasack.co.uk with any questions. Or use twitter @trabasack or @lwdisability. Alternatively the full range is available at Amazon, please click below.
Have you ever struggled to open a jar or bottle? I know I have, particularly as my hands have become weaker. Manufacturers use special machinery to tighten the jars. That makes them airtight, but also gives us huge problems accessing that jar of coffee, jam or pickled onions. If only we could get a better grip…
That’s why I was so delighted to discover the Betterware Jar and Bottle Opener Aid. No more running lids under hot water; no more banging them on the edge of the worktop; no more sore hands! The Opener Aid’s textured rubber surface grips the lid and is easy to hold, while its conical shape means it fits any size of jar or large bottle.
Betterware Jar opener uses a rubber cap to make gripping easier
It’s also remarkably simple to use. Just hold the lid as normal, but with the Jar and Bottle Opener Aid already in your hand. The extra grip it gives you means you will find it far easier to open the jar.
It even helps with jars far bigger than its own size. Get a grip on one part of the lid, and the rest will follow!
This blog recently looked at the Baby Boa Constrictor Jar and Bottle opener, but I prefer this one from Betterware, because it isn’t just useful for jars. You can also use it to turn on taps, or even to change bulbs in hard-to-reach places or that are “sticking” and difficult to remove. This Aid will become an essential tool in your home. I don’t know how I managed without mine!
Reviewers give this item great feedback. One says it works so well, and is delighted with her purchase. She is also pleased with the fast, cheap delivery. Another describes it as a “Super gripping device”. He has found it to work well on a variety of items including a difficult (small area to grip) oven bulb.
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