Disability blogger Ross, who uses a power wheelchair, shares his post on simple life hacks and gadgets, from exercise equipment to easy-to-pour kettles, that can make your life easier from his blog A Life on Wheels.
If there’s one thing I love, it’s a good recommendation. Whether that’s a new gadget to try, TV show to watch or song to listen to, I love hearing people’s different opinions.
As a young adult with a physical disability, there are some really simple products out there that can make life that little bit easier.
In today’s post, I thought I would share some of my favourite finds that I have collected over the years. Even if you’re a non-disabled-muggle, don’t worry, you may also find benefit from some of these items.
Those who know me know that I am cold 99% of the time. It’s not very often you will see me without a hot water bottle on my lap these days. As we all know, hot water bottles can be a dangerous piece of kit – putting you at high risk of burning yourself – especially if you have muscle weakness, like me.
I recently found this electric hot water bottle online and I was SO impressed. I no longer have to worry about spilling the kettle or asking for help to refill. All you need to do is plug it into the mains for 10 to 15 minutes and BOOM, you’re nice and snug!
I also like the fact it is lightweight and has a glove compartment where you can slide your hand into for extra warmth. I often take mine to work with me now, as the colours are also not too bold, so I can easily hide it on my lap.
The heat lasts for a good few hours and I could not recommend it enough! I also found the price very reasonable – at only £13.99 on Amazon.
Whilst we’re on the topic of keeping warm, a similar product I recently found is this electric hand warmer: Hot Rox. This item is perfect if you’re out and about and need a quick heat fix! As a driver, I often struggle to warm up and regain the full function of my hands after being out in the cold.
At the push of a button, the little rock heats up on both sides and is the perfect size to grip. I love the fact that it is reusable and, once charged, can last up to six hours. Although there are many cheaper alternatives out there, this is the best one I have come across.
Another product that I would highly recommend to those with or without disabilities is this tilting kettle. Since living on my own (with support from carers), I try and be as independent as possible. Although I am not a lover of hot drinks myself, I often play host to my friends and family.
Having the option to be able to make them a drink without the struggle of lifting the kettle or risk of burning myself is amazing. I also take pride in my homeware and I love the fact this kettle looks kinda “cool” and a bit futuristic!
Just because you have a disability or use a wheelchair doesn’t mean you cannot ‘work out’. As my readers will know, I go to a gym twice a week. I feel it helps to maintain my limited muscles, as well as improve my mindset.
Last year, I decided to purchase this exercise pedal bike so that I can continue my progress at home in between sessions. I like this product because it can be used on either your arms or legs. It is also fairly compact and doesn’t take up much room at all.
I often sit in the evening, watching TV whilst pedalling away. Before you know it, 20 minutes have passed and I don’t feel as guilty for eating that extra biscuit!
These are just a few of the items in and around my house that I wanted to recommend. As a wheelchair user, simple gadgets and little life changes can be really effective in maintaining your independence.
If you enjoyed this post or can think of any other products/disability life hacks – then please let me know!
This post contains some affiliate links. At no extra cost to yourselves, I may earn a small commission if you decide to purchase any of the products via the links. Many thanks.
Visit Ross’s blog, A Life on Wheels, to read about more of his experiences as a wheelchair user.
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