Making life easy
Life is too short to struggle with daily chores. Yet far too many people with weak hands or medical conditions battle to do simple things like open ‘child-proof’ lids, get themselves dressed or pick things off the floor.
There are many reasons why simple things can be more difficult for some people. The options are to either continue to struggle in frustration or pain, simply give up and lose your independence or find aids to help you do what you want to do.
Walk On Wheels at 770 Great South Rd in Penrose has the largest showroom in New Zealand of gadgets to help people regain their independence. They are very well known for their mobility scooters, wheelchairs, walkers, remote control liftchairs and walking aids. They are increasingly being recognised as specialists with a wide and growing range of daily living aids – simple tools to take the struggle out of daily chores.
Tony Robinson, the owner of Walk On Wheels helps explain: “Where people have a difficulty doing something our role is to find an aid that will help,” he says.
There are many aids available, some are listed below. To help get dressed: • Button hooks • Dressing sticks • Stocking or pantyhose aids • Long shoe-horns * Elastic shoe laces. Help in the kitchen: • Jar lid openers • Child-proof lid openers
• Large handle utensils. Around the house: • Easy-reachers – probably the most popular aid as it’s like a long handle pair of fingers that can pick items off the floor or from higher shelves that are hard to reach or difficult to bend over for • Key turner • Full page magnifier
Around the house, continued: • Needle threader • Long toenail scissors
• CarBar, for helping people get out of the car * Mobi-ease, a seat slide to help swing feet out of a car or from under a table
• Pill box timer – holds the pills and reminds you when to take your medication.
It is best to visit the store to view the products as it allows the staff to find the right aid for your difficulty and to explain how to correctly use it.
“We are firm believers in life should be enjoyed and should not be a struggle,” says Tony. “Everyday we are helping people take the pain or frustration out of sim- ple things like walking, threading a needle or reading the newspaper. People may be unaware of what aids are available to help or where to purchase them from. That’s where Walk On Wheels can be of assistance.”
Walk On Wheels is at 770 Great South Rd, Penrose, south of the Station Rd over-bridge. Phone 525-6481.
Open in a jiffy: The Jarkey Frost jar opener, from Walk on Wheels.
Efficient helper: The Multigrip safety cap bottle opener, perfect for pill bottles.