Preventing injuries in the home and garden

We usually associate any kind of injury in the home as being reserved for the elderly or less mobile and yet many preventable accidents or simple straining injuries can happen to all ages and levels of fitness.


We have all probably experienced the pain of lifting an awkward object only to get a sharp pain as we navigated a strange angle, or lower back pain when bending to lift even a fairly light object yet few people would ever think of buying products that could actually prevent these accidents and admit that there could be a better way.

The average kitchen is a great example of how many little things combine to create difficulty or even serious injury. Apart from the garage or the loft, it is the one place in the home where we tend to be lifting, reaching or using our hands to open packs, bottles, tins and for the more adventurous, even cooking!

The term ‘Daily Living Aids’ covers a very wide range of products and innovations that are fundamentally there to make daily tasks easier. Gone are the days when a jar or bottle had to be passed around the family for the one with the best grip, now there are simple gadgets that take the strain and save on the sweat, grimaces and potential embarrassment of the over-tight jar lid.

As a general rule, if there is an action in the home that has any level of difficulty associated with it, somebody has developed an innovative aid to conquer the problem. The garden is another area where many products come into their own in saving on aches and muscle strains. From simple knee pads to long handled garden tools, there is a product to alleviate many of the common ways we end up with a preventable injury.

It is true, that most people will not naturally be thinking of going to their local mobility shop before taking on an ordinary domestic task, but it can be well worth a look online, even if there is just one repetitive task that causes discomfort or risk of injury.

It can also be a good idea to think of a friend or relative and consider if they would benefit from any extra help from any of these aids, it might make a more appreciated gift than another pair of socks or toiletries.

This article was written by Andrew Atkinson managing director of Mobility Smart.  Mobility Smart are an online retailer of mobility goods and Daily Living Aids, you can visit their website and find more information at