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Low-Tech Lifesavers: Long Handled Shoe Horns

Low-Tech Lifesavers: Long Handled Shoe Horns

The low-tech gadgets in our lives are sometimes the most important. Imagine trying to eat without a spoon or drive your car without its wheels for example. When living with disabilities, it is sometimes the most basic design which can make the most difference. Today, we’re looking at long handled shoe horns and how they can make life just that little bit easier.

Why would I need a long handled shoe horn?

A long handled shoe horn is an essential piece of kit if you need a little assistance putting on or taking off your shoes and like this tweeter says, they can be a real lifesaver:

@ After I had back surgery, a long handled shoe spoon was a real lifesaver, as were velcro sneakers. #disabilitygadgets #lowtech
Alice Lynch

An Example of a Long Handled Shoe Horn

Long handled shoe horns are a great idea for anybody who suffers from any sort of joint condition, chronic pain or difficulty bending over. It’s the extra helping hand you need sometimes when you need to get yourself into your shoes and also, after a long day at work or leisure, taking them off again. This informational video shows exactly how one particular brand of long handled shoe horn works:

Once you own a long handled shoe horn, you will wonder how you managed without it and it’s a great way of adding an extra element of independence to your daily routine. Once you’ve worked out the knack of using your shoe horn, you’ll be able to slip in and out of your shoes with ease.

There are a range of different long handled shoe horns on the market, traditional “jockey” style shoe horns are embellished with lots of extras that can make them harder to use so it’s a good idea to look in depth at the product you choose. The price range varies from product to product but you can get a great quality, functional long handled shoe horn for a reasonable price no trouble.

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Something Different: Unique Blue Badge Holders

Something Different: Unique Blue Badge Holders

Every now and again we come across a product which we really rate for its individuality. These blue badge holders are one such

Blue Badge holder

Multi Terrain Camo patterned Blue Badge Holder

product. We first saw the new Blue Badge Company exhibiting at Naidex South 2011, and we were really impressed by the quality, range and bright colours available.

The Blue Badge Company

The Blue Badge Company was launched  in 2010 by designer Camilla Hall, who didn’t like the ordinary, plain and awkward-to-use Blue badge wallets that were available.

She wanted to create something that reflected the user’s individual style, that they would be comfortable using every day.

Creating a new format she found specially tested acetate windows that allow the Badge and timer permit to be displayed clearly & legally.

Finally, here is a product which allows for a bit of style and funkiness to jazz up a blue badge!

The exotic Fire Cracker Blue Badge Holder design

These blue badge holders and parking display wallets come in a wide range of patterns and styles. Produced by the Blue Badge Company, you can be assured of their quality and they’re much more stylish than the traditional blue badge holders or disability parking badge wallets that we have seen available. Made in Britain, in fact, hand made in a workshop in Bristol, they use fully UK sourced materials. These wallets are designed to provide Blue Badge holders with an practical but stylish item which can express their own individuality instead of looking clinical and boring. There are a massive EIGHTY designs to choose from and from seeing the range on their impressive show stand, we think almost every taste is covered, from Pink PVC to suede! They make an absolutely awesome gift for a friend or relative who uses a Blue Badge.

Fabrics range from the girly Cath Kidston inspired Cathy to the more traditional Westwood and many more besides. You can get almost any design you can think of from the very popular purple Chinese silk to Army camouflage and anyone who has a disabled badge will be happy with their new product.
If you’re interested in buying one of these great Blue Badge Holders, click in the box below. And you can even have them gift wrapped!

Low-Tech Lifesavers: Sock Aids

Low-Tech Lifesavers: Sock Aids

There are plenty of extremely simply designed products which can make a significant difference to our daily lives. Maintaining independence is something that everyone deserves and through some basic, low-tech products some tasks which may have been impossible become possible again. One of these tasks is getting your socks on which for some can be a big problem and something they’d previously needed help with, however, with the Sock Aid, help is no longer needed at all.

What are Sock Aids?

As this tweeter puts it, most sock aids are like a half-drainpipe on strings:

@ my nomination for #disabilitygadgets is the 1/2 drainpipe on strings thingy that I put my socks on with
Ted Shiress

There are a wide number of different types of product about which produce the same effect and are available for a range of prices. There are some sock aids which use a stick rather than strings to help with the positioning of the sock. The product is an extremely simple design which performs an essential daily task. Once you have your own you’ll never be without it. As this video demonstrates, sock aids are relatively simple to use:

What do the customers think?

This very simple design which doesn’t need any fabrication or development and it has received rave reviews from its customers. Customers are extremely happy with sock aids and are particularly pleased that they can be used without any need to bend down, avoiding any potential risks or unnecessary pain. It’s great for people who are recovering for major surgery such as hip replacements and others who may suffer from more long-term join related conditions or back pain. Getting used to the process needed to use the aid may take a little time but with handy videos like the ones above, it shouldn’t be long before you’re a sock aid pro.

The range of sock aids available gives you the option to choose one which you believe is right for you. As a very basic product, they’re both cost effective and can make putting your socks on less hassle and trouble than it’s ever been.