Gadgets, Aids and Tips to Simplify Our Lives [Updated Dec 2021]

Mobility & Transport

STEERING SPINNER KNOB (also called suicide knob)
Easy to attach and makes turning and parking effortless.
Can buy online from $20

Walkers & Scooters

COMPACT WALKER
The Empower Rollator is higher than most walkers which makes sitting and standing easier especially for those who are taller. The padded backrest flips forward and backward enabling the user to sit comfortably on either side. Seat flips up to allow user to stand or walk inside the rollator. The walker folds completely flat for easy storage and transport and the aluminium frame means it is light weight. Features easy-to-identify yellow adjustment points, folding cup holder, memory foam seat and neoprene storage bag. Cost from Amazon, including shipping $500

In Home Lifts & Hoists

IN HOME HOISTS RECOMENDED BY MEMBERS

HFL400 FTS Indeelift
Salsa 200 Stand up hoist
Sara Stedy 2 Sit to Stand

Seating

PORTABLE SEAT RAISER

The Up & Easy Seat Assist from and Carex is perfect for those who lack mobility, suffer from loss of balance, or are recovering from surgery. It is the non-electric portable lifting seat that will ease you into your seat and help you up, gently and safely. Cost approx. $200

Kitchen Aids

JAR/BOTTLE OPENER
Brilliant for opening any size lid. Only $6.50 from Bunnings in the plumbing section. It is called a “Haron 100mm Strap Wrench” and is designed for loosening and tightening plumbing & automotive parts.

Personal care

SHOE HORN
Lazy Wear Shoehorn Helper gives you ready to go shoes. Curved ergonomic design ensures they don’t bend when trying to slide on shoes. They come in a wide range of colours. Priced from $6.00 online

Bathroom Aids

TOILET & SHOWER CHAIR

Zitzi Starfish Pro is a combined waterproof, electronic, tilting and lifting toilet and shower chair. The chair has multiple adjustment possibilities to provide the best support and position for the user. There is a wide range of optional accessories that can be added.
This chair is highly recommended by an IBM user.
A manual chair option is avaiable.

Laundry Aids

CLOTHES HOIST
Top Line Clothesline is a modern version of the old clothes hoist. This is a lightweight sturdy and durable indoor intelligent clothesline and airer. Height is adjusted via remote control, can be used easily whilst in a wheelchair. Topline comes with and an automatic timer for the header and fan, plus a motion sensor to turn off the optional UV lamp. Easy use “pegless clip rails” can also be added. Prices start at $1175.00

Office Equipment

ERGANOMIC MOUSE
The Logitech MX Vertical Mouse has a unique design to promote a natural handshake position to then reduce muscle strain and wrist pressure as well as improve posture. The mouse is angled at 57 degrees so that your thumb is positioned on the designated rest. It utilises advanced optical tracking and customisable cursor speed and accuracy settings, so you don’t have to move your hand as frequently. It has a textured, rubber surface to help you achieve a solid grip. Can be purchased at Office Works for $180.

Outdoor Aids

GARDEN KNEELER
Cushioned knee pad and sturdy arms to help raise from kneeling position.

General Aids

FALL DETECTION AND EMERGENCY SOS
The Apple Watch SE 4 and above, can detect if you have taken a hard fall and connect you with emergency services if you are immobile. You can also get immediate help in an emergency by simply pressing the side button. It will also send a message to those contacts that you have listed as emergency contacts.

Useful Tips

PORTABLE SEAT CUSHION
Make your own super lightweight portable seat cushion by using a calico shopping bag and two Kmart Yoga Blocks. Not only do the Yoga blocks only cost only $5.50 each, but once in your fabric bag, no one would know you are carrying a seat raiser.

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