Mak­ing life easy

Central Leader - - Health & Beauty -

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.

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