Things have changed a lot since then. These days we love gadgets; there are television programmes about gadgets, exhibitions showcasing the latest inventions to make life easier and even college courses in how to design that indispensible gizmo.
Bloggers, designers and engineers enjoy endless debates on the relative merits of different devices and about which might earn their place in a list of 101 gadgets that changed the world. The personal computer and the radio would have to be included of course, but what else would you file in the Gadget Hall of Fame?
The dictionary describes a gadget as: A small specialised mechanical or electronic device; a contrivance. If you use any search engine you’ll find thousands of products that claim to be essential for modern life, but is the tea bag squeezer, the terracotta bread warmer or a clip-on bucket which catches your vegetable peelings really indispensible?
If you are trying to live an independent life in your own home despite old age, infirmity or disability the gadgets which will make a real difference to you are much less glamorous than you might think. They are, however, just as important as the home care services such as home helps, meals on wheels and district nurses who support those living at home. Things like grab rails to help you get up from your favourite chair, a gadget which bleeps when your cup is full or a hoist for the bath could mean you can stay at home rather than move into care.
Most of us would do anything to avoid the heart-wrenching decision to leave the place we know and love; the place we know where everything is, the repository of years of memories.
The good news is help is at hand. These days there are many gadgets, aids and adaptions, support workers and advisors which together can make independent living an option for most people facing the choice.
Specially adapted furniture including chairs and beds, aids for the visually impaired, strategically placed grab rails and walking frames are some of the simple ways to make life easier. These aren’t world changing gadgets but they are life changing.
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