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Fallen on the ice and broken an arm or a leg? Check out what gadgets can help you over the coming weeks

15th January 2010
 
As the thaw gathers pace and all the ice and snow starts melting away the Disabled Living Foundation (DLF) urges people who have sustained breaks and fractures after slipping over to consider how different gadgets might be able to help with daily tasks until they have fully recovered.
 
DLF's Chief Executive, Christine Shaw, commented:
 
"Often it is only when people return home from a hospital visit that they realise they are unable to cope at home. Life can be made much easier with gadgets and gizmos especially designed for people who, through injury or illness, find it difficult to cope with daily tasks such as preparing food, dressing and personal care, especially if you live alone."
 
A whole host of gadgets have been designed for people who have the use of one hand, including adapted cutlery, can and jar openers, table top scissors, a hands-free hair dryer and gizmos for fastening shoe laces and buttons. If you have a broken leg, a walking stick, grabber and sock and stocking aids can make all the difference. Many are reasonably priced so should not prove prohibitive when recovering from an injury.
 
You can find advice and information on many such products by visiting www.livingmadeeasy.org.uk or by calling the DLF helpline for more comprehensive information on 0300 999 0004 (Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm)
 
Notes to editors

About DLF
 
DLF is the UK’s leading source of impartial, expert information and advice on equipment to help older and disabled people continue to live full and independent lives and stay in their homes as long as possible.

For help and information about equipment and gadgets to make daily life easier, visit DLF’s impartial advice website www.livingmadeeasy.org.uk

DLF also runs AskSARA, its award-winning online advice tool that guides people to appropriate and personalised information on products that can help them live more independently. Visit www.asksara.org.uk
 
If you would like to try out daily living equipment for yourself under the guidance of a qualified therapist, you can visit DLF's London Demonstration Centre with hundreds of items on display
 
Contact: Sharon Harbutt, Press Officer, DLF, Tel: 020 7432 8017, Email: s.harbutt@dlf.org.uk
 

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