Home Appliances for the Disabled
With the right home appliances, disabled people can live a normal and meaningful life. There are many items designed to make it easier for disabled people to continue with the normal day-to-day activities. Some of these household items include:
Liquid Level Indicator
This item was designed to let the user know when a liquid has reached the required level. They are usually fitted on the side of a mug, cup or glass. When the liquid level is reached, the indicator vibrates or emits a bleep sound. The indicator is powered by a battery. For easy access, some indicators are fitted with a magnet so that they can be placed on the fridge door. The item is suitable for blind people or those who are partially blind.
These microwaves have a range of speaking controls and reminders. Tactile keys are also available. The microwaves can tell the user when the microwave door is open or closed and it can also advise on things such as stirring food. Some talking microwaves have the provision of storing recipes which could be used several times. Some of the talking microwaves also act as ovens. Various companies manufacture such microwaves including LG electronics and Cobolt Systems Ltd among others.
Talking Food Thermometers
They are powered by batteries and are designed to let the user know the temperature of food. It is designed with a synthesized voice that gives the user this information. Apart from letting the user know the temperature of the food, the degree of cooking can also be revealed. The user can thus know whether foods such as meat are fully cooked or not. Some of these thermometers also have a display where the results are displayed in large font. This can be helpful to those who are partially blind. Most talking thermometers have both the display and a voice output.
Showering is a challenge for those without limbs but shower chairs can make the task easier for them. Some of these chairs are flexible which allows the user to add arm rests or back rests if need be. A soap or shampoo dish can be clipped on the side of the chair for easy access. The seat’s height can be adjusted to suit the user’s needs. Most shower seats are made with light material which are flexible so that the seat can be easily dismantled and cleaned.
Comfort is a necessity for the disabled. Acute Healthcare provides care beds that ensure comfort and convenience for its users. One such care bed is the Contempora M09. The bed has a bedside table that is easily folded with one hand. Once the user finishes eating, there is no need to wait for someone to pick up the tray or to put the tray down since it is easily pushed aside. The bed also has cabinets on the side where the user can put items that are frequently used. Another type of bed is the Contempora L10. It has a height of 36cm which makes it easy for one to get in and out of bed. The bed also has an elevation technology that is convenient for the user.
Measuring Jugs and Spoons
Measuring jugs and spoons as well as cups can be used to measure both dry and wet ingredients. They measure using both imperial and metric units hence the user can choose the one he is familiar with. The measuring equipments have audible voices that let the user know how much of the ingredient is in the measuring equipment. The equipments are usually battery powered. Most of these equipments have been designed for those who have only one hand and for the blind or partially blind.
Pick Up and Reaching Equipment
This item, also known as a reacher, is suitable for those who have no limbs or those with back problems. The item helps the user pick up various items that cannot be reached. It can be used to pick things up from the floor or from other surfaces. The equipment comes in various styles and lengths hence the user will pick the one most suitable for his needs. The reacher can be used to pick up clothes for dressing, pick up various household items that have fallen on the floor and it can also be used in the garden.
Such equipments and many others have definitely made life easier for the disabled and enabled them to do things they would otherwise not have the ability to do. Proving it really is the little things that can make the biggest differences.