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Range of carving knives with looped handles set at a right angle to the blade to facilitate grip and maintain wrist in neutral position.
Pressure activated plug that automatically empties excess water if water level reaches capacity. Prevents baths or sinks from overflowing. Comprises: material which changes colour when water is hot.
Bedding cover that can help relax and soothe through light pressure to the body. Bedding cover is positioned under the mattress and then over the top of the bed covers, and is joined by a chunky zip. This provides a cocoon-like sleeping environment. Comprises: stretchy cotton material that enables movement while ensuring the covers stay on; zips are positioned at the head and foot ends of the bedding for access by the user; can be placed under bedding when not in use; reduces risk of falling out of bed; machine washable. Options: range of sizes, including bespoke.
Corded telephone with call blocker. Comprises: hearing aid compatible; blocks up to 1000 nuisance calls; speaker and ringer volume controls; built in digital answer machine; 200 name and number memories; caller ID; call log. Requires Caller Display service from the network provider to block nuisance calls and for caller ID features.
Electronic pepper mill suitable for one-handed use. Comprises: stainless steel construction; battery powered; one-button operation; clear window shows contents; LED light in base.
Spill-resistant holder designed to assist with carrying drinks from one location to another. Comprises: plastic construction; curved arm with looped fabric handle which the user places their hand into when ready to move; slip-resistant, removable coaster on round base; can be used to transport cups, mugs, glasses and small bowls.
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Earlier this year we talked to Cilla who had been feeling low after the death of her mother. Gardening had always been an outlet for her but with worsening arthritis at the time we spoke she had been finding some of the tasks were getting too hard and she was wondering if her gardening days were limited. Cilla is married and she and her husband have enjoyed gardening since retiring a couple of years ago, especially in the warmer months. Having a nice garden was also something she had always counted on to be able to entertain outdoors and although restrictions this year had limited the opportunities this summer she was disappointed at the prospect of standards slipping. Osteoarthritis affects her hands and knees and so kneeling to weed or plant new bulbs was becoming a major issue. At the same time she had been watching her husband carry out the heavy lifting that comes with maintaining a garden and she was missing the quality time of working together in the outdoors.