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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

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Long shoe horn
An easier way to slip a shoe on your foot.
From £2
Easy key turner
A key turner helps you grip a key and turn it much more easily.
From £2
Helping hand picker
This tool allows you access to hard to reach places.
From £10
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Remote control socket
Turn your plug socket off from a distance.
From £12
Big button phone
A phone built to help people who are partially sighted.
From £16
Talking watch
A watch that can speak the time to you.
From £6
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Extra loud doorbell
A doorbell for those who are hard of hearing.
From £22
Hot water dispenser
A kettle you don't need to pick up
From £38
Lap tray
Avoid the chances of a drinks spillage
From £5
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Automatic night light
Lights that turn on upon movement or at preset times 
From £5
   
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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 also have a list of technology solutions to download and print that could help take the stress out of caring:

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


 

Further information

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

If you are looking for information about how improve your digital skills so you can make the most of the digital technology that is available, see our getting online page for further information.

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