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    #16
    Hi Terry,

    It looks like the tipping kettle in the second picture is the one that Helen recommended:-
    https://www.nrshealthcare.co.uk/eati...BoCaGIQAvD_BwE

    Love
    Kayleigh x

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      #17
      Hi Kayleigh

      Thank you in return - you are clearly a dedicated web shopper as I had a look after I saw they were out of stock and couldn't find them anywhere except on eBay where they only had large right hand ones!

      Best

      Andy
      Warmly


      Andy

      ​Diagnosed 03/2015. One sided limb onset (arm) sporadic PMA/MND - now 50% left arm and 90% right arm, plus other bits including left shoulder– Campaign contact Winchester and Southampton branch, and trustee of the Association

      "Things turn out the best for people who make the best of the way things turn out"

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        #18
        thanks , i think it might be just me who likes steaming hot! those look good, never seen one of those

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          #19
          I use this. Best £60 I ever spent.

          Neostar Perma-Therm Water Boiler 3.5 litre Available from www.scottsofstow.co.uk.

          Barry
          I’m going to do this even if it kills me!

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            #20
            I haven't been able to lift a kettle for a while, i use the breville water boiler with a water filter in, it's wonderful! Piping hot and it even glows blue Our water is very hard, so the filter is essential.
            Gripping wise I've lost my thumbs but still have a baby like palm grip, so i use a pair of jewellery pliers for zips etc, along with using tiny black cable ties on the zip tag to create a little loop, my finger on my right hand still works well enough for that. And you know the plastic material that grips really well? I found that the stretch exercise bands the OT gave me are even better to grip jar lids etc!

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              #21
              Pen wise it would depend on what grip issues you have id guess..i have seen some that you move using your whole hand and the pen part goes between your fingers. Ther are also ergonomic pens that have barrels moulded to the shape of a hand, perhaps that could help? Or even using suguru, a paste that air hardens to make a grip that fits your hand..

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                #22
                Hi Lisa,

                Thanks for the great advice.

                I've not heard of Sugru before. On Amazon they sell the 'original formula' and also 'family safe/skin friendly' formula:-

                https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00WW8KI...364&th=1&psc=1

                https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sugru-Mould...ZFJGZAJJBEQ48D

                Have you ever used it? I guess that the best one for making Pen grips is the one that's 'skin friendly'?

                Love
                Kayleigh x

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                  #23
                  Hello Barry

                  I had been looking for a lighter kettle, possibly with a tip-motion. However, i am now considering the water boiler you have recommended. I notice in the picture that the cup is being held underneath the water-spout. I would not be able to do that and press the button. Is it safe to place the cup on the counter below and will it splash, if I do? I notice there is no drip-tray. Living alone safety is paramount.

                  I would appreciate your advice and any other suggestions. As I live alone I want to maintain as much independence as I can for as long as I can. I now have a carer three times a week to help me shower and dress buI have to manage during the day by myself. I am in the process of selling my house and moving to a flat so will thankfully be on one level. The move will free-up some money, so I am looking to buy some new things that will make my life easier. I would also welcome some advise in IT aids. The flat already has an electronic remote blind in the bedroom.

                  I have also been looking at contour beds and a chair. If anyone can suggest a good firm from which to purchase these from I would be most grateful. I have become confused at the different products and prices.

                  I will welcome all suggestions.
                  Thanks
                  Ann

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                    #24
                    Hi Ann,

                    You might find that a hot water dispenser similar to the one that Lisa (Catsparkle) recommended is more suitable. Lisa's is the 'Breville Brita', which is included as part of the the range of hot water dispensers on the Breville website:-

                    http://https://www.breville.co.uk/breakfast/hot-water-dispensers/

                    There is also quite a detailed video demonstration of a Breville hot water dispenser on the QVC website:-

                    http://https://www.qvcuk.com/Breville-HotCup-Hot-Water-Dispenser-with-Variable-Dispense.product.808018.html?sc=Froogle&ref=fgl&so urce=froogle&cm_mmc=PPCSHOPPING-_-Google-_-Shopping-_-HomeKitchen&utm_source=google&utm_medium=base&utm_ campaign=base&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI8cn-s5rD4AIVzJztCh2LdwMgEAQYAiABEgICuvD_BwE&

                    I hope you are having a lovely weekend,
                    Kayleigh x

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                      #25
                      Thankyou for posting the link Kayleigh xx the forum doesn't behave very well on my phone. Ann, my neuro team have referred an assistive technology team to come out, assess and support me, do you have a team? They advise on things like the bed or one handed equipment too, in the New Forest there's an OT and physio that do home visits. I don't know if it's the same everywhere.
                      Re the water boiler, the breville one i have you place the cup on a drip tray below. At the moment i often use a plastic insulated filter coffee mug, they are recommended on disability sites, but i got mine on amazon years ago cos I'm the only filter coffee drinker inn the house(the other person being under 10, hehe) I'll find a link to it . It's very easy to hold, light weight, insulated so easier when your poor grip allows the cup to go against your hand and when you forget your tea (which i do all the time) it's still warm! The inside filter bit is long gone, so i use them for tea now ��

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                        #26
                        Hi Kayleigh, i have used it! (Suguru) i get overexcited by these things, tee hee.. mainly to mend things I've broken.. i can just about write but use my phone really, 'swiping' the keyboard or with a stylus. Ipads are supposed to have that function too, the new cheaper ones can be used with a pen and you can get workshops on how to use them at apple stores. My daughter has problems holding a pencil and you can buy a pack online with lots of different pencil grips to try, don't know if that would help anyone? I'll go get these links now!

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                          #27
                          Hi Lisa,

                          I have enjoyed browsing on the Sugru website today! I didn't realise that Sugru could be so useful and versatile, for DIY as well as crafting. I particularly like the tip about using it to replace zip pulls/making existing zip pulls larger.
                          https://sugru.com/home-diy/16-back-t...eas-with-sugru

                          I love the fun idea about making a bird feeder out of an old teapot and tea strainer (now I definitely wouldn't have thought of that!)
                          http://https://sugru.com/craft-design/how-to-upcycle-an-old-teapot-into-a-stylish-bird-feeder

                          Great that they have their own online shop as well!
                          https://sugru.com/buy

                          I hope you and your daughter are enjoying half term - lots of extra time for fun things like baking and crafting

                          Love and hugs to you and your little shining star.
                          Kayleigh x
                          Last edited by Kayleigh; 19 February 2019, 00:52.

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                            #28
                            Ooh, that is exciting, good finds! She made and brought me a pancake and a cup of tea in bed this morning cos I have a croaky cold!! Wow. The man is installing my fall alarm now, which is surprisingly stylish, and then we're going to catch some of this sun at the coast i think, we're right next to it �� Hope you're having a good day Kayleigh, youre lovely xx

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                              #29
                              Hi Ann,

                              I always place my cup on the tray and press the dispenser button. It does not splash or drip. There are 3 dispense options which are easy to operate.

                              Barry
                              I’m going to do this even if it kills me!

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                                #30
                                Hi;

                                Has anyone bought some Sugru?

                                How much do you get?

                                Can you keep any if you don't use some once you've opened the packet?

                                Any other comments?

                                Love Terry
                                TB once said that "The forum is still the best source for friendship and information."

                                It will only remain so if new people post and keep us updated on things that work or don't work and tips.

                                Please post on old threads that are of use so that others see them and feel free to start new subjects and threads.

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