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Christmas at The Disability Resource Centre, North Wales

Christmas gift ideas for your nearest and dearest

Well it’s that time of year again when we are all trying to think of appropriate, useful, or fun things to give as gifts to our loved ones this Christmas. There are times when you just can't think of something but if you have an older or disabled person to buy for why not have a look at some living aids which often are so simple it’s hard to understand the difference they can make to a person.Here are a few suggestions or you:The tipper kettle is light weight and easy to use for the person who has limited use of their hands Ergonomic Uccello Kettle Tipper
The two handled china cup great for a nice cup of tea and so much nicer than the plastic versionPerformance Health Two Handled Cup and Saucer
For the pet lover how about a long handle pet bowl which makes it easy for a person lift the bowl without bending overARAD No More Bending Dual Pet Bowl – Perfect Food Station for Those with Limited Mobility
A practical gift could be a walking stick a nice cheerful colourful one will cheer up your friend in no timeVive Walking Stick - Adjustable for Men and Women - Various colours and designs
Another practical gift for a person who suffers from swollen feet are these slippers which can cleverly be loosened around the heel or instepSurf 4 Shoes Mens Ladies Black Very Wide E/5E Opens Out Flat Memory Foam Touch Fastening Slippers Non Slip 
Some ideas for a stocking filler what about a long handled back scratcher one end and a shoehorn on the otherAll-in-One Long Shoe Horn & Back Scratcher in 4 Colours
Or what about this yellow duck thermometer perfect if there is a new baby in the houseJAOK Baby Bath Thermometer
We have many more gift ideas in the shop.  If you are stuck why not give us a call and we will be more than happy help with a few suggestions.
Wrap up everything in pretty paper and bows and enjoy Christmas!
  
Walking Sticks. Advice from The Disability Resource Centre, North Wales

Walking Stick Advice

Most of us take walking totally for granted and don’t give a second thought to getting out of bed in the morning and rushing about to get ready for the day ahead, this is normal behaviour and is carried out in millions of homes throughout the country, but, what if something happens to a person’s mobility.

Lets say in all their hurrying they miss the bottom step on the stairs or trip over something that has been left on the floor and sprain or even break an ankle thus rendering them disabled for a period of time.Then there are the people who are not so lucky and feel pain with every step they take, perhaps they have arthritis or any of the many disabling conditions which cause them to have to use walking sticks or crutches to aid their mobility.Of course, there are people out there who would love to be able to walk no matter how painful it may be. But in this blog, I would like to concentrate on the walking stick and crutch users.A walking stick or crutch is a great aid but can do damage if it is not sized correctly to the individual’s needs. It is a good idea if you are purchasing a stick from a retailor that you ask them to size it correctly for you.Making sure you have the correct size walking stickIf you have to size it yourself you should turn the walking stick upside down on the floor and put your hand straight by your side, where the stick meets the knuckle on your wrist is the correct length for you so mark the stick and cut off the excess, simple exercise but you may need someone with you to help.There are other walking sticks like crutches which have a series of holes and a notch which you put through one hole to find the correct position. As with the above you should measure the stick is the correct length for you.With crutches it is a good idea for your occupational therapist or physiotherapist to prescribe the correct length stick for you.FerulesYou should check the ferule at the end of the stick to be sure it has not worn away as if it has it can cause the stick to slip.  If this happens the user may fall over and do even more damage to themselves. Most mobility shops will sell ferules - they cost very little but take the stick with you because there are several different size ferules available and you will need the correct one.If your stick is the correct length for you then your posture will be in the correct position to enable your mobility to return to you as soon as possible after your injury or in the case of long term mobility problems to lessen the pain.
There is a wide variety of walking sticks to choose from some of which are very collectable, some are fun, and some are utilitarian. Whichever you choose good luck - I hope you feel better soon.

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