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Useful equipment and gadgets

Here are some useful gadgets which can improve someone's life and keep them safe and well.

Find a gadget and make a difference

GadgetDescription
long-handled-shoehorn

Long shoe horn

An easier way to slip a shoe on your foot.
From £5
easy-key-turner

Easy key turner


A key turner helps you grip a key and turn it much more easily.
From £2
helping-hand-picker

Helping hand picker

This tool allows you access to hard to reach places.
From £10
remote-control-socket

Remote control socket

Turn your plug socket off from a distance.
From £15
big-button-phone

Big button phone

A phone built to help people who are partially sighted.
From £10
talking-watch

Talking watch

A watch that can speak the time to you.
From £7
extra-loud-doorbell

Extra loud doorbell

A doorbell for those who are hard of hearing.
From £30
hot-water-dispenser

Hot water dispenser

A kettle you don't need to pick up
From £40
lap-tray

Lap tray

Avoid the chances of a drinks spillage
From £5
automatic-night-light

Automatic night light

Lights that turn on upon movement or at preset times 
From £10

Remember: supermarkets, online retailers and electrical retailers often stock similar items.

 


 

Other types of technology

There’s also a whole world of technology that could help make life easier. Simple devices and apps can help someone live independently for longer or give you peace of mind as a carer when you can't be around.

The Amazon Echo

The Amazon Echo is a voice-activated home speaker with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, powered by the Alexa software. You can add new ‘skills’ to the device and then simply “ask Alexa” to remind you when to take medication or check when your carer is due to arrive.

You can also " drop in" on friends and family to keep in touch, or if you are a carer you can simply check how they are doing. 

Assistance apps

These apps can be downloaded to compatible smart phones and tablets to give assistance. Here are some examples:

 


 

Technology to support carers

We have teamed up with Carers UK to give carers in our area access to a wide range of digital tools and essential resources that may help make a caring situation easier.

For more information, please look at the carers digital website.

Carers UK have a list of technology solutions to download and print, that could help make caring easier:

Jointly is also an app that makes caring for someone a little easier, less stressful and a lot more organised by making communication and coordination between those who share the care as easy as a text message.

Use this code to get free access to the Jointly app: DGTL9462

For more digital tools and resources that can help with caring, please see our support for carers pages.

 


 

Further information

See the equipment and technology pages on Staffordshire Connects for further information about what and where to buy different products.

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