Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Keeping My Independence

Independence is something that is so important to me as a young disabled woman, I'm happy to accept help if I need it but if there is a way I can do something myself then I'm sure going to pick that option. Mobility aids and daily living aids that help with things like dressing and washing mean that I can keep as much of my independence as possible and I really couldn't imagine going about my day without them. It was when I had my hip replacement that I was really introduced to things like sock aids, things that I would need during my recovery but many of the tools are ones that have been introduced into my everyday life since then. Today I just wanted to share some of my favourite mobility and daily living aids that have helped me to stay relatively independent, whilst also using this opportunity to introduce you to a website that supplies them all and more! I know this post won't be for everyone but I really wanted to stress how important small things can be to some people's lives and how important it is to a lot of disabled people that we keep our independence where possible.


Millercare are a specialist provider of mobility and healthcare equipment in the North West of England but their website has allowed them to extend their reach to the whole UK, with their 60 years of knowledge helping a variety of people. They sell everything from walking sticks, rollators and shower seats, all the way up to powerchairs! For someone like me they are the equivalent of ASOS and I could spend all day making a wishlist of aids that could extend my independence further. These are just a few of my top picks though, small things that make a big difference.



Sock Aid 

I mentioned my sock aid above but I just had to write a little more about it. Putting on socks probably seems like a simply task to most and it's one that would take much less time if I had someone else do it for me but I don't mind the extra time it takes because it means it's one more task I can do myself. I got mine when I had my hip replacement as I was restricted on how far I could bend down, it wasn't until I started using it that I realised that it was something I could do with using long term, putting on socks could be quite a painful task at times. So now wherever I go, my sock aid comes with me!

Tray Bed Mate

This next item is something that has helped me to stay blogging, especially on my bad days, and I'm actually using it now. It's a little table that you can use in bed for everything from eating to using a laptop, mine is really adjustable so I can use it for a multitude of things but these basics ones are great too. I've always had trouble using my netbook in bed because of the angle I had to be sat at and the way my arms sat as well so this has made a big difference, blogging in bed is a lot more comfortable now!

Shower Chair

This is something that my OT managed to get me when I moved up North, where I used to live we had a shower over a bath so I used a bath board (another handy aid!) but where I live now I have a wonderful wet room so I knew straight away that a shower chair was what I needed. Having a shower chair means that I don't have to take quick showers because I struggle to stand for long and it saves my energy for other tasks like getting dressed. I love being able to take my time in the shower now!

As I said above I know this post won't have been for everyone but these small aids really do make such a big difference in my life and I love being able to protect and keep my independence where possible, being able to put on socks yourself might seem like a small thing to you but to me it means everything!

Do you use any mobility/daily living aids that make a big difference in your life? Do you have any favourites?

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