If there's one thing I love, it's a good recommendation. Whether that's a new gadget to try, TV show to watch or song to listen to, I love hearing people's different opinions.
As a young adult with a physical disability, there are some really simple products out there that can make life that little bit easier.
In today's post, I thought I would share some of my favourite finds that I have collected over the years. Even if you're an able-bodied-muggle, don't worry, you may also find benefit from some of these items.
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(Photo description: Blue hot water bottle plugged into mains charger)
If you know me well, then you will know that I am cold 99% of the time. It's not very often you will see me without a hot water bottle on my lap these days. As we all know, hot water bottles can be a dangerous piece of kit - putting you at high risk of burning yourself - especially if you have muscle weakness like myself.
I recently found this electric hot water bottle online and I was SO impressed. I no longer have to worry about spilling the kettle or asking for help to refill, as all you need to do is plug it into the mains for 10-15 minutes and BOOM, you're nice and snug!
(Photo description: Ross using hot water bottle in the car)
I also like the fact it is lightweight and has a glove compartment where you can slide your hand into for extra warmth. I often take mine to work with me now, as the colours are also not too bold, so I can easily hide it on my lap.
The heat lasts for a good few hours and I could not recommend it enough! I also found the price very reasonable - at only £13.99 on Amazon.
Whilst we're on the topic of keeping warm, a similar product I recently found is this electric hand warmer: Hot Rox. This item is perfect if you're out and about and need a quick heat fix! As a driver, I often struggle to warm up and regain full function of my hands after being out in the cold.
(Photo description: Ross holding Hot Rox in his hand)
At the push of a button, this little rock heats up on both sides, and is the perfect size to grip. I love the fact that this product is reusable and once charged, can last up to 6 hours. Although there are many cheaper alternatives out there, this is the best one I have come across.
Another product that I would highly recommend to those with or without disabilities, is this tilting kettle. Since living on my own (with support from carers) - I try and be as independent as possible. Although I am not a lover of hot drinks myself, I often play host to my friends and family.
(Photo description: Ross pouring a drink, using tilting kettle)
Having the option to be able to make them a drink - without the struggle of lifting the kettle or risk of burning myself - is amazing. I also take pride in my homeware and I love the fact this kettle looks kinda "cool" and a bit futuristic!
Just because you have a disability or use a wheelchair, this doesn't mean you cannot "work out". As most of you know, I go to a gym twice a week as I feel it helps maintain my limited muscles, as well as improving my mindset.
(Photo description: Ross using his feet to pedal exercise bike)
Last year, I decided to purchase this exercise pedal bike, so that I can continue my progress at home, in between sessions. I like this product because it can be used on either your arms or legs. It is also fairly compact, and doesn't take up much room at all.
I often sit of an evening, watching TV whilst pedalling away. Before you know it, 20 minutes have passed and I don't feel as guilty for eating that extra biscuit!
(Photo description: Ross using pedal bike on his arms)
These are just a few of the items in and around my house which I wanted to recommend. As a wheelchair user, simple gadgets and little life changes can be really effective in maintaining your independence.
If you enjoyed this post or can think of any other products/disability life hacks - then please let me know!
If you'd like any more info on these items, I have linked them all above - or feel free to message me directly for more photos!