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Ingenious Ideas: The Uriwell Portable Toilet Range

Ingenious Ideas: The Uriwell Range

Personal care is one of those extremely private concerns which we at Living with Disability understand should be treated with dignity and respect. The Uriwell product range is a fantastic set of products which make dealing with urinary or bladder weakness in both adults and children, providing a means of discreetly and comfortably relieving yourself without having to worry about searching for the less than easy to access toilet facilities or when in the car.

Uriwell Adult

portable toilet wheelchair toilet aid

The Original Uriwell

The Adult Uriwell product is designed to be used by unisex customers and allows for easy and discreet urination without worry or upset. It becomes your own portable toilet. It can help you avoid those awkward situations where you are no longer able to hold on and also allows for more dignity and control in situations where there simply is no facility available. Small and easy to store, you can secrete your Uriwell away with no issues and easily access it when necessary. Fitted with a leak proof lid and easy to clean, this product solves a problem for which there may not have been an answer before.

This short video shows the Uriwells specifications and features:

The video doesn’t focus specifically on some of the more common uses of the Uriwell but does show the full range including the children’s HappyPee

HappyPee for Kids

The Bright and Amusing HappyPee

The HappyPee product has been designed with young children in mind and can even be used as a potty training aid for older children, or those who suffer anxiety in public places and therefore would struggle to handle public toilets and such like. As the photo shows the HappyPee has been designed with humour in mind and could easily distract an anxious child from their worries whilst they go. Portable and easy to use, the HappyPee is a great way of ensuring your child feels happy when out and about and needs toilet access. Like the adult Uriwell, the HappyPee is a unisex product.

Reviews for both products have been fantastic, solving many ‘caught short’ problems but also removing the anxiety from trips out and making travelling a much less stressful experience. With your Uriwell to hand you never have to worry about being caught short, suffering from an impromptu accident or anything else.

A recent reviewer said

 

The product exactly as described, my grandson is most willing to use it – its made going for a wee-wee exciting.

 

Uriwell have also introduced a multipack option: the Happy Family – Multipack Range.  This is a 3 pack including a blue Uriwell, a pink Uriwell (an identical design but in pink), and a Happy Pee, the child friendly shape that can, of course, still be used by adults. Repackage these as gifts or use them yourself as a way of getting 3 uriwells at a very low price. One for the car, one for the bedroom and one for carrying with you.

 

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Essential Items: Medication Organisers

When living with disabilities, it’s understandable that many people rely on a range of medications to ensure they can live comfortably and  independently. For some, this can mean a combination of lots of different medications which all need to be taken at the correct time of the day and it can get confusing. Whilst pharmacies can send out your pills in a organised manner, your own medication organiser can be much more useful and make it easier to find the pills you need when you need them.

Vibrating Alert Organisers

There are a huge range of pill organisers  on the market from the very cheap and basic to more advanced designs which hope to help you remember to take your medication as well as keeping it in order. The development of vibrating and alarmed organisers mean you’ll never need to forget another pill and you can always feel safe without having to keep reminding yourself to take your pills when you need them. This video shows one model of vibrating pill box and how it can remind you to take the pills you need:

Discrete and portable


There are many designs like this wallet model, which make your pill organiser look a lot less clinical and easy to carry about your person without feeling like a walking pharmacy. Alternatively, there are a range of brighly coloured pill boxes on the market and if you only rely on a small number of meds, you could consider this fashionable Swarovski pill box or this prettily designed pill organiser.

It may seem like a small thing but it can really make a difference, especially when out and about and needing to remember to take your pills on time. Relying on medication can be a pain so any steps that can be taken to make it less of a chore are welcomed. If you’re interested in finding out more about the range of pill boxes available and also making a purchase click on any of the boxes below:


Or click here to see full range of pill organisers

 

Low Tech Lifesavers: Hydrant Water Bottle

Low Tech Lifesavers: Hydrant Water Bottle

The Hydrant Water Bottle

Created by inventor Mark Moran, who found himself thirsty and unable to get a drink whilst in hospital, the Hydrant is a simple but accessible design.


Some things are essential on a daily basis. Things such as eating, drinking and communicating are things which we expect to be able to do on a daily basis without too much difficultly. Living with a disability can mean support is needed to achieve these daily essential tasks and there are inventions out there to aid them. One of these items is the Hydrant water bottle.

The Hydrant water bottle is an innovative and intelligent design which making drinking simple for those who may have dexterity or fine motor problems. With a Hydrant water bottle there is no need to hold your drinking vessel, allowing you to drink with ease. The opportunity to drink freely can hugely aid the independence of those with limited mobility. It gives the ability to satisfy your own thirst without assistance as well as increasing your bodies ability to work and general well being.

This design is completely unique and the one-litre sized bottle which can be hung from your chair, bed or wheelchair and its drinking tube can be kept safely on your lap within your reach. To take a drink, there is a straightforward bite valve which you simply bite onto and suck. This design means there’s no risk of spillage and the design is patronised by Sir Ranulph Fiennes which shows exactly how much faith there is in this design. It’s used in hospitals, residential homes and by individuals in their own homes and is especially useful in combating dehydration.

What do Hydrant customers think?

Image shows the Hydrant water bottle with drinking tube on a white background
Hydrant water bottle

Hydrant water bottle makes drinking more accessible and helps prevent dehydration and thirst, aiding recovery and general health. This idea is very low tech but customers are extremely pleased with their purchase. Sir Ralph described it as “simply brilliant and brilliantly simple” and many users are amazed at how it’s helping them from such an obvious idea! In many cases, customers have been able to monitor their drinking more closely and dehydration is no longer a worry.

This product is a great low-tech development which can be used in the home and when out and about and really solves a problem which many people deal with on a daily basis, the inability to easily access a drink.

Also available is the Sports Hydrant, this is an easy grip and smaller bottle without the tube. It holds 500ml and looks just like an ordinary sports water bottle. The benefit is though, that it has a long handle that can be easily grabbed or clipped onto a wheelchair or bed head. We use them everywhere, in bed, out on days out and the children get them as school water bottles! Highly recommended.

Image of the Sports Hydrant drinks bottle

Sports Hydrant – Buy at Amazon.co.uk

Image of the Hydrant 750ml drinks bottle with tube

Hydrant 1 litre – Buy at Amazon.co.uk

New Video from Hydrant for Health showing the uses in a hospital setting, showing how much it has improved the health and well being of patients.

Jim Easton, NHS National Director for Improvement and Efficiency, gives a short presentation about the effect of dehydration in hospitals and how The Hydrant helps with monitoring of how much people are drinking, as well as making it so much easier for a person to get a drink.

The rest of the video shows patients and nurses from The Great Western Hospital in Swindon talking about how it reduces reliance on drips and IV fluids and helps people drinking during the night and prevents infections caused dehydration.

‘The Hydrant……cheap, easy to implement, tackling the most basic problem. Potentially one of the ideas with the highest return to investment ratio I have ever seen’ Jim Easton

‘Simply Brilliant. Brilliantly Simple’ Sir Ranulph Fiennes

“If you can’t reach a drink, if you can reach it but can’t lift it, if you can lift it but not hold it, you will usually need someone to help you. But the hydrant is a simple delivery mechanism that reduces dehydration and increases a persons independence” Mark Moran, Inventor or the Hydrant.

“It has hugely improved the quality of life for our patients and as such The Hydrant should be a standard part of any hospital’s armour in the battle against dehydration” Liz Evans, Nutrition Nurse Specialist, Stoke Mandeville Hospital.

UPDATE the Hydrant has been approved for use in 50 NHS trusts and will help patients in hospital!

Award-Winning Design

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Hydrate for Health have won the 2013 Queen’s Award for Innovation

The unique innovate design of the Hydrant has also won a number of awards. Most recently the creator, Mark Moran, founder of Hydrate for Health, won the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise.
He is one of approximately 150 people or companies to have received the award this year. The Queen’s Award for Innovation is the highest honour that can be received in terms of business success, further proving the functionality and usability of Mark’s design.

The annual awards ceremony will see Mark Moran attend a special invitation to Buckingham Palace to meet the Queen in person. As an extra boon for the Hydrant, the packaging can now carry the Queen’s Award emblem for the next five years, a clear indication of the quality and importance of this product.

Our Recommended Best Buy

Image of the Hydrant 750ml drinks bottle with tube

Hydrant 1 litre – Buy at Amazon.co.uk

Our favourite version is the 1 litre Hydrant – with a drinking tube/straw that includes a bite-valve built-in to the end, to ensure liquids can be taken at any point, without fear of spillage. There is a recent review here

I bought a Hydrant so I can drink when breastfeeding my daughter and it is completely ideal. It means I can feed in bed and if I get thirsty can simply reach for the drinking tube and keep hydrated. The need to keep hydrated whilst breastfeeding is often overlooked, especially by me, but this Hydrant completely solves the problem.

 

 

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