Your guide to independent living

In a lot of ways, life gets better as we get older.  More time on our hands, more knowledge and a greater sense of who we are are all fabulous parts of the ageing process. Unfortunately, changing mobility and health concerns do start to creep up on us, but never fear! We’ve got plenty of options to help you live life to the fullest each and every day.

Looking for walking confidence?

If you need a little extra support to stay sweet on your feet when out and about, a walking stick is the way forward. Designs like the Dynamo Swing Cane are great for giving you the feeling of extra support, as it boasts a clever articulating foot that pivots forwards and backwards to provide more contact with the ground. We also rate the JML Clever Cane Adjustable Walking Stick because it’s free standing, but features a second lower handle. This’ll come in use when standing up or sitting down to give you that extra feeling of security.

Give yourself a little extra reach

Yes, you might not be as bendy as you were when you were a teenager, but don’t let that slow you down! Giving your back a good scrub in the shower is difficult even for the most flexible of people, which is why we love the JML NuYou Body Brush. Not only does it help you get to all those hard to reach places, it’s the ideal way to help exfoliate and smooth your skin because it rotates, so every shower will end up feeling like a trip to the spa.

For peace of mind

Health is something that becomes more of a concern as we get older, so we’re arming ourselves with handy at-home medical devices, just to keep a little eye on things! Homedics are great for this. The Oxywatch Fingertip Pulse Oximeter is compact and simple to use, clipping neatly and painlessly onto your finger to get an accurate reading. It’s a fantastic way to keep track of your blood oxygen levels, and won’t take up too much room in the cupboard either. If you’re feeling a little peaky, taking your temperature is a great place to start. This Infrared Ear Thermometer not only features the same one button design, but has a jumbo screen so you can easily read your result – even if your glasses aren’t lying around nearby!

Seeing clearly

Whether it’s a menu in a dark restaurant, small instructions on packets or your latest sewing project, being able to see clearly helps us in all manner of places. JML’s Mighty Sight Light and Magnifying Glasses are a must-have in our handbags and around our homes now. Not only do they make everything a bit clearer with their magnifying lenses, but the built-in lights help illuminate whatever it is you’re looking at. They’re rechargeable too, so say goodbye to faffing with batteries.


Ready to workout? 

If you want to work on strengthening your core and back stabiliser muscles, we’ve got a simple way to do it! The SpineGym Core Exerciser is lightweight and easy to assemble, so no worries there, plus it lets you do low impact exercise while standing and you’ll be well supported with its double pole design. Helping to improve balance, speed and posture, it’s a great all rounder to add into your daily routine.

There we have it! There are lots more handy gadgets on offer for you to discover in our Living Aids department, and be sure to check out our Health & Wellbeing edit for even more inspiration.