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Rachel is NRS Healthcare's Clinical Lead and works at our Head Office in Leicester. With 24 years’ experience in Occupational Therapy, Rachel has a superb and varied knowledge of the subject - making her the ideal person to explain more about the equipment we offer and how it can help those who are more vulnerable stay safe and independent at home, or when out and about.
Are these health aids OK for older people or people living with a disability?
The health aids on this website are designed to help create a more comfortable home environment for those living with age or health-related conditions, so they can carry out daily activities more independently.
As you might imagine, health and personal care aids can help manage many symptoms that are associated with a broad range of conditions. Some equipment can assist with rehabilitation, such as therapeutic putty to help strengthen weak hands and fingers, whilst other products can help with everyday tasks, like the Doro 311C Phone Easy Telephone with large contrasting buttons that may be suitable for a person living with reduced vision.
The health aids featured in this section may be of help to anyone who is living with:
- Joint pain
- Muscle weakness or pain
- Memory loss
- Mobility issues
- Hearing loss
- Reduced vision
- Sensory Processing Disorder
- Sleep apnoea
- High or low blood pressure
- Repetitive Strain Injury
- Carpel Tunnel Syndrome
How useful are health aids for older people, or people living with a disability, on a daily basis?
Unfortunately for some of us, our health may deteriorate as we get older and we might need additional support in our everyday routines.
Common “wear and tear” conditions, such as joint pain or hearing loss, may affect your physical capabilities, but the right health aids can help you remain independent at home or when out and about.
A Medically Approved Hearing Aid, for example, can help you hear things much more clearly and with two earplug sizes to choose from you can ensure your hearing aid stays comfortable and secure in your ear all day. You may also find the DB200 Hearing Aid Dry Box handy to help prevent ear infections and ensure your hearing aid maintains optimal functionality. This is achieved by using a low heat alongside UV light radiation to remove condensation and prevent residual bacteria from spreading.
One of the most common health conditions experienced by older people is arthritis, in particular Osteoarthritis – a progressive joint disease that mostly affects cartilage and leads to painful joints due to stiffness or swelling. Hands and fingers are often affected, but if you’re finding medication isn’t enough to stem the pain, you may want to try a pair of Thermal Arthritic Gloves. Secured easily with Velcro fastenings, these gloves compress and heat hands through naturally generated body heat and specially designed Thermoskin construction, providing drug-free pain relief, particularly during the winter months.
When it comes to mental health, the risk of developing conditions which cause memory loss can also increase as we age. For this reason, we have included a large section within our Health Aids and Personal Care category that addresses the symptoms of dementia and the personal health aids which can help those living with the condition, as well as equipment to make daily tasks easier for carers
For those living with a chronic condition such as epilepsy, diabetes or cystic fibrosis, there are a range of personal care aids within our health monitors section that can help to identify night-time seizure activity and hypoglycaemia. A suction machine can help to control respiratory infection by providing effective airways clearance.
How will I benefit from these personal health aids?
If you’re living with bladder or bowel weakness then NRS Healthcare has a range of health aids which can help you live more comfortably and confidently with incontinence. There’s a wide range of pads and pants in a variety of sizes and absorbency levels to choose from, so you can be sure to find the product that gives you the best protection, which will make you feel more confident and able to participate in activities that you enjoy.
If you’re a carer for someone living with dementia, NRS Healthcare stock a number of products to help ensure their continued safety, whilst also encouraging them to stay as independent as possible. Technology such as a Family & Friends Auto Dialling Emergency Alarm can be worn around the neck and used to call for help at the push of a button, whilst a Keysafe can be placed outside the home, next to the door, so that friends, family and carers with an access code can always gain secure entry in an emergency.
For children and young adults living with conditions such as Autism or Sensory Processing Disorder, NRS Healthcare have a special “Sensory Stimulation” section which highlights a range of personal health aids to encourage calm and focus during times of overstimulation. Some toys, such as the Undo Me Mini Cube, not only promote concentration and relaxation but also build fine motor skills which children can use in other areas of everyday life. The Dark Den is a particularly useful aid for children and young adults who need a safe, quiet space that offers a distraction-free environment.
What are your thoughts on health aids for older persons and people living with a disability?
The products featured in our health aids section are designed to promote independence and increase confidence so that a person can participate in activities that they enjoy.
For people living with long-term conditions the products offer choice, which may help them to manage their care, or their condition, in a way that fits in with their lifestyle.
What makes NRS Healthcare different to other retailers?
NRS Healthcare live by their motto of “Putting People First” and work hard with many Local Authorities across the UK to help over a quarter of a million people live, work and enjoy their leisure time, whatever their individual challenges might be.
Established for over 70 years, NRS now have over 3000 products to choose from online, so whether you're a professional carer or family member looking to help someone live more independently, or you're living with a health condition and need some personal health aids to help make daily tasks easier at home, you'll find the equipment to fit your needs.
Additionally, NRS Healthcare also offer a FREE Product Advice Line, which is managed by our wonderful team of Occupational Therapists. If you’re unsure about which health aids would best suit your requirements, you can call the advice line on 0345 121 8111 and our OT’s will be on hand to guide you towards the equipment they believe will be of most benefit to you, so you can continue living independently at home or when out and about.