This blog post will explore the mental and physical advantages that owning a pet can have on someone with a disability such as arthritis.
Having a disability can affect your everyday life, harming your heart rate, communication and causing depression. However, a furry companion like a cat or dog can help to reverse the negative impact.
Owning a pet positively influences two main aspects of life: mood and health, which means pets affect the body by decreasing rates of depression, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels. Let's explore these benefits in more detail…
Pets and Their Effect on Blood Pressure and Arthritis
With arthritis, inflammation can occur in joints, constricting arteries and reducing the rate blood flows through the body to supply muscles with oxygen. The restricted flow leads to increased blood pressure, which is troubling for arthritis patients as they are at a 50% higher risk of heart attacks.
So, it's essential to reduce blood pressure, and pets can help. Pets have therapeutic calming auras. When a pet is in your lap, you talk, stroke, and nestle into its warmth, forgetting your worries, which decreases your heart rate. When you are tired or nervous, it's nice to have a companion.
Pets can make a person feel safe in their home or when out and about; animals can be a security blanket, guard the person or their belongings, and be a protective barrier or conversation starter. Feeling safe and secure can also lower levels of anxiety and stress that heighten blood pressure.
Pets and Their Effect on Cholesterol Levels and Arthritis
Those with rheumatoid arthritis are at high risk of heart disease, 50% to 70% higher, and cholesterol is a contributing factor. Having elevated cholesterol levels in the body increases pain within joints and other tendon complications.
You may have high cholesterol levels due to long periods of stress, a lack of exercise, or a poor diet containing too many saturated fats. Studies have shown that pets decrease the triglycerides present in the body. Triglycerides are the three fatty acids that contribute to high cholesterol levels.
Reducing cholesterol in the body can help keep heart disease at bay. To lower cholesterol levels, you should exercise daily for at least 30 minutes, and having a pet is an excellent excuse to go for a walk and is undoubtedly a great benefit. Having a pet with you can reduce the stress or anxiety you may feel when out walking.
Pets and Their Effect on Cognitive Behaviour/Depression
It's estimated that up to 41% of disabled adults have depression, which is staggeringly high, and there is no one cure to suit all. Many factors cause depression in a person's life, and it can be a struggle to help change a person's mindset.
The companionship of a pet, a being they need to care for, can give a disabled person the necessary motivation and responsibility for a positive change. Caring for others can come more naturally than caring for yourself when struggling with depression, so an animal's natural temperament to play and exercise can have promising long-lasting effects on their mental state.
Pets Effect on the Elderly
Pet owners over 65 visit their doctor 30% fewer times than non-pet owners. There's no clear-cut reason, but the benefits of reduced stress, increased exercise, and companionship all help play their role.
Some Tenura Products that Make Pet Ownership Easier for the Disabled:
Tenura products can help those with weak grip strength or conditions like arthritis care for their pets.
Tenura Extreme Grip Mats
When it comes to feeding your pet, they tend to be pretty eager, diving headfirst into their food bowl, knocking it around the floor, with no worry about the mess they create. You can prevent this previously inevitable mess by placing the pet's food bowl onto a Tenura Extreme mat. Tenura Extreme mats stop the food bowl from sliding across the floor or getting tipped over.
Nothing is sacred when you have a pet, they wonder where they please, and cats especially seem to find themselves upon the cabinets displaying your favorite ornaments. Instead of watching their next steps with fright, place your vases and such on a Tenura Extreme mat. The objects stick to Tenura mats, so the next time your cat is up there, you won't need to worry nor tidy up anything broken.
Tenura Grip Roll
You can line underneath pet products such as litter trays, scratching posts, and other large products that unwantedly move. Just cut Tenura silicone grip roll to size and place it between the floor and pet accessory.
Tenura Grip Strips
During walks, you may find the lead tricky to keep a hold of, and it's uncomfortable. You can instantly improve these issues by twisting Tenura grip strips around the lead's handle. Grip strips add a layer of cushioning silicone comfort with grip-enhancing properties that stops the lead from sliding out of your hand.
Similarly, you may wrap Tenura grip strips around the brush handle when grooming your pet, which aids your grip, giving you more control. Brush handles can be thin and difficult to grasp, so build up a few layers of Tenura grip strips to increase the handle's width, which is a helpful idea for those with arthritis or other conditions that limit hand mobility or strength of grip.
Extensive research into the animal should be completed before being housed, as not all animals/breeds will be appropriate. It's very much dependent on the person's specific disability needs.
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Occupational Therapy Day will take place on the 27th of October 2020; it's an internationally recognised observance day that highlights the importance of hard work but also mental and physical wellbeing. This event celebrates the outstanding work of occupational therapists globally through their efforts to re-train and develop the human brain.
We, at Tenura want to thank Occupational Therapists globally for your contributions to our community and people’s lives.
What is Occupational Therapy?
A form of healthcare, occupational therapy (OT), is about rehabilitation via training and therapy; these techniques help patients attain the skills necessary for everyday life and to renter the workplace. Often a person requires OT if they have a physical or mental problem (impairment may be better than ‘problem’) that is currently impacting their life/ability to work.
The role of an occupational therapist is vast and includes developing everyday skills, like:
- Motor Skills (The action/movement of muscles – to walk, stand and balance)
- Life Skills (Cooking, cleaning and getting dressed
- Social Skills (Handling rejection, rewards, and social interactions positively)
- Cognitive Skills (Problem-solving, decision making, and other brain-based skills)
- Coordination (Minimises the risk of injury while also promoting exercise
People of all ages can seek an occupational therapist for several reasons. A person may need the help of an OT for help regarding birth injuries or defects, sensory processing disorders, autism, rheumatoid arthritis, and other such physical or cognitive difficulties.
To help patients, an OT may suggest you purchase certain types of occupational therapy equipment for the home. At Tenura, we have many home aids that can be beneficial to patients, for instance, the Tenura kitchen pack. Occupational therapy equipment for the home can range from small gadgets that help with menial tasks such as opening a jar, to larger disability aids such as grabrails and adaptive technology.
What is an Observance Day?
Observance days, also known as awareness days, are scattered throughout the year. United Nations General Assembly is one of a few organisations that creates the calendar, taking into account recent and historical events that need national or even global humanitarian reflection. We can all learn from our mistakes and successes for a positive future.
How Can you Participate in Occupation Therapy Day?
You can register to participate in the International Day of Occupational Therapy by arranging a volunteering activity. Over the years, there have been many ways to experience World OT day, including setting up information stands, television appeals, social media campaigns, all to spread the OT message. This year's message is to "Reimagine Doing" which reflects the actions OT community as they help and reimagine the best ways to assist the people in society who need it most.
Tenura has a special discount to help you celebrate Occupational Therapy Day 2020. We are offering a 15% discount on occupational therapy equipment for the home, specifically the Tenura kitchen pack, which contains three helpful aids for the elderly, disabled and other people who need assistance.
You can stay on the pulse of the International Day of Occupational Therapy 2020 by following the hashtags:
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Don’t forget to tag us in your OT day celebrations!
Videos are a great way to showcase products, which is why we have teamed up once again with MegMazeMedia to produce our latest installment, the Jar and Bottle Opener video. In this video, we explore uses for Tenura jar and bottle openers, you know, besides opening containers.
Sit, back, relax, and enjoy the show.
As you can see at the start of this video, Tenura jar and bottle openers are in our eco-friendly packaging, an initiative we are pushing across the whole Tenura daily living aid range.
We manufacture Tenura jar, and bottle openers from 100% antimicrobial silicone, which gives Tenura silicone many advantageous properties. Their primary use is likely within a kitchen, to open tricky jars and containers, which is why they are antimicrobial, meaning bacteria and germs can’t harbour on the surface, which is fundamental in areas that require a high level of hygiene. Another terrific benefit that follows on from them being antimicrobial is that no cost-saving additives such as phthalate plasticisers are in their construction, meaning they are also non-toxic.
For people living with conditions such as arthritis that can result in weakened hand strength, Tenura jar and bottle openers can be a simple yet effective daily tool. Their compact size means you can take them to your workplace or a restaurant, wherever you may need this helpful gadget.
Tenura Jar Openers
Jar Openers have many great uses. From the video, you can see they work well when turning doorknobs or other large containers that can be slippery or tough to open. Tenura silicone jar openers allow you to gain purchase on smooth surfaces. The following were excellent examples in the video:
- Twisting Doorknobs
- Opening Jars
- Opening large containers with twist-off caps
Tenura Bottle Openers
For smaller containers/objects, Tenura offers the silicone bottle opener. Having a smaller version of the jar opener can help you gain purchase on items like bottle tops. In the video, we explore some great uses for this Tenura product:
- Opening milk bottles
- Turning taps
- Opening pill bottles
- Opening small containers with twist-off caps
We hope you enjoyed watching Tenura’s video. You can see more of our product videos via our YouTube channel. Let us know in the YouTube comments section any innovative uses you have used your Tenura jar and bottle openers for, we hope to hear from you soon.
Having older relatives that live alone can be a concern, but Tenura’s products are designed to make daily tasks easier and less hazardous. This blog is all about which of our products can be the most effective and affordable.
Aqua Safe Anti Slip Strips
Aqua safe anti slip strips and have a strong adhesive bond, this non abrasive material is soft on skin yet durable when applied. To ensure there is an effective bond you will need to clean the surface, we recommend an alcohol based cleaner (Heskin’s IPA Cleaner) in comparison to a cream cleaner; this is because cream cleaners leave behind a residue causing the application to fail. This product comes in 2 shaped (discs or strips) these prevent slipping in the bath or shower or for extra support when moving around.
This product can be used;
- On tiled flooring
- Bath and shower trays
Anti Grip slip strips and rolls
Anti slip grip and rolls are available in large rolls or pre cut strips coming in a range of sizes. They can be used all around the house where extra grip is needed. Easy to apply, you simply grab the roll (and cut to size if needed) or strips and then wrap them around the surface then with the silicone grip they hold together for easy application and removal.
You can apply these to;
- Door handles for extra support.
- Pan handles
Table and floor mats
Tablemats are made from silicone and create a strong bond to hard surfaces preventing any unwanted movement. The table and floor mats have an adhesive like quality making it easy to apply and remove from hard surfaces without leaving a sticky residue behind. They are easy to clean either with warm soapy water or in the dishwasher, once dried they are ready to use again and again.
These can be used;
- Under a cutting board when preparing your favorite meal preventing slips especially when using a sharp knife
- They are also effective when put in front of beds or chairs assisting when sitting or standing with extra support.
On a side table, for example next to the front door, with the table mats bright colours it makes it easier to find where to put your personal belongings down, for those with visual impairments. Place your keys, phone or wallet on the mat preventing things from falling off.
Anti Microbial Moulded Cup Holders
Moulded cup holders are similar to regular coasters however these fit to the bottom of your cup creating an anti slip base. They are brightly coloured making it easier to find them or make sure that it is on the bottom of the cup. Made from silicone they have heat resilience preventing any marks or stains when placed on tables.
These cutlery grips are made from silicone which is soft and easy to grip, the large grip reduces pressure on joints reducing any discomfort. They are washable either with hot soapy water or in a dishwasher. Washing these will not get rid of any of the qualities and they are ready to use again once dried. Available in 2 sizes (children and adult) these cutlery grips fit around;
- Dining utensils (knives, forks, spoons)
- Paint brushes
- Tooth brushes
- Make up brushes
- Hand Tools
With summer coming up we can’t help but get out for the day and enjoy the sun! However while many of us are constantly on the go all year round for various reasons, some of us find seemingly simple tasks more challenging than others do. If these simple tasks become much more difficult than previously, they can have a major impact on your fun or duties. With this blog post we are going to try and explain a few ways that Tenura products can help make these everyday tasks easier.
The ranges of select Tenura products below are designed to make various simple tasks on the go feel like a breeze once again.
Tenura Cutlery Grips
Tenura cutlery grips, like the majority of Tenura products are produced from silicone. The main benefits of silicone are how well it grips and the comfort experienced while holding it. These features mean that you can take them anywhere with you. For example, if you’re going out for an expensive meal or just want to stop somewhere for lunch they are perfect for popping on to your cutlery quickly and easily. If Tenura cutlery grips get dirty they can be easily washed with hot, soapy water or by popping them in the dishwasher and once dry they are then ready to use again. Cutlery grips are not exclusive for use with cutlery as you can also put them on pens and pencils, with a larger surface area to hold, it will become easier to write and draw, reducing if not eliminate discomfort.
Tenura cutlery grips are available in adult sizes and children sizes.
The Tenura Non-Slip Fabric is also beneficial when on the go. Made out of non-slip foam applied to a polyester mesh, this makes it a stable yet comfortable and cushioned non-slip material. This fabric is easy to cut, making it easier to carry as you can then only take as much as you need Due to non-slip fabrics flexibility, it is easy to fold and carry in your bag. It has multiple purposes when on the go, it can be used as additional comfort when sitting on a bench whilst relaxing or having a picnic.. You could also find its benefits when having a picnic by using it on the table surface to place your food and drinks on for either a cleaner surface or to make everything less prone to slips. It is also suitable for resting your arms and elbows on harder surfaces to increase comfort.
Tenura non slip fabric is available in 3 colours.
Moulded Cup Holders
These cup holders are made from silicone and work exactly as a coaster would but are designed to hold onto the base of your cup and create a portable anti-slip surface. Tenura moulded cup holders fit onto the bottom of your cup indiscreetly and with minimal effort. This makes it easier to place cups down without marking any surfaces and will prevent accidents if the surface is overly slippery. Silicone also has a high tolerance to heat so these anti-slip cup holders prevent any spillages created by unwanted movement and preventing marks and stains on table surfaces that could be caused by hot mugs and cups. These will be very useful at the family picnic or at the office for those busy workers who are always on the go! Once placed down Tenura moulded cup holders will ensure your drink does not spill, but are also easy to remove and wash ready for next time!
Tenura moulded cup holders are available to buy from the website in 3 colors.
Tenura bottle and jar openers are perfect to have for your “around the house” needs. Constructed from silicone, these openers are soft, yet durable to allow for easy opening of several household items, jars and bottles just being two of them.
The silicone material that these openers are created from provides incredible grip and comfort for the user. This allows for maximum hold on the item you are opening as well.
Tenura Jar and Bottle Opener Uses
Besides jars and bottles, these openers can be used on several objects you may have around the house. With the intention to make daily living easier on you, we’ve found a variety of uses for our silicone grips!
The list of uses around the home are:
- Mason jars
- Faucet taps
- Dial meters
- Twist top bottles
- Cooking knobs
- Stop valves
- Medicine bottles
- Nuts and screws
- Stove controls
We are constantly searching for new uses for our material, and there’s no doubt that there are plenty out there. If you have resolved an issue by using our Tenura jar and bottle openers, please let us know via live chat, email or send us a message on Facebook. We would love to add your ideas to the list of helpful uses, and who knows, you may receive a small gift for your suggestion!
To aid in your daily living, Tenura grip strips and rolls can also be an admirable alternative.
Tenura is here to make life simpler. Available for immediate purchase, our silicone jar and bottle openers are now available in yellow, red and blue. Be sure to check out our products on our website and if you spend over $60 on Tenura products, we will ship it to you FREE of charge (Excludes Hawaii and Alaska, sorry!)
For more information, please visit our website or you may contact us directly by phone, live chat, or the contact us form online.
Living life day to day and taking on the daily tasks can be quite difficult at times for those who have a busy lifestyle. Some of these tasks include cooking, washing, cleaning, etc.
Many of these tasks can be time-consuming and often tiring when trying to fit in into a busy schedule. Those who suffer from diseases such as Arthritis, which directly impacts one’s ability to grip and many other motor functions, or suffer from other impairments can find these tasks to be nearly impossible to take on without pain and strain on joints and muscles. This can affect your ability to live independently and your lifestyle in general. Tenura is here to help! We offer a wide range of products that be used to help in all areas of your home.
Throughout this post we feel it’s necessary to focus on how these different weakening diseases and impairments can affect daily living and how Tenura is here to help make mealtimes easier!
Mealtimes can be somewhat exhausting, whether it be breakfast, lunch, dinner or even snack time, especially with a young family. As much as we love our young ones, we know that spills and stains can occur and cause stress during a sit down meal time. Stains and spills are an inconvenience that we would all love to do without. Hot drinks and foods can cause burns, ruin clothing and cause stress for the one cleaning up. Tenura has many products designed to inhibit spills and stains, keep dishes steady and in one place, and provide grip to make cutlery which is easier and more comfortable to hold!
Tenura’s range of anti-slip rectangular mats can be used in many places around the house. This includes placing them on tables, trays, bottoms of chairs/stools, etc. These mats are produced from an anti-microbial silicone, which means that there is no chance for germs or bacteria to harbor and grow on the mat. One can simply clean the mat by applying a small amount of soap and water and wiping down with a wash cloth – this will be more than enough to remove any dirt or grime that may come in contact with the mat after persistent usage. Once the material has dried, its non-slip properties will return and can be reused over and over. Tenura rectangular mats create a strong non-slip grip, without the need for a self-adhesive backing. The lack of the self-adhesive backing allows for the mats to be transportable so you can use it on any flat surface whenever you please! Often times, these mats are used to keep plates, bowls, and other dishes on the table from sliding around, ultimately reducing spills that can lead to damaged clothing, injury and mess.
Tenura also offers rectangular mats in a larger size, specifically constructed with a textured non-slip surface for shoes or boots to rest on. These mats can be placed at the base of chairs, beds and even toilets. The extra grip that these mats possess will eliminate the risk of slip and falls that could potentially lead to injury, especially for those who have difficulty walking freely. This larger rectangular mat is also ideal for wheelchair users when entering and exiting the chair.
Tenura’s rectangular anti slip mats are available in a variety of sizes and colors to suit your needs.
We have all experienced that frustrating moment in day to day life where we knock over a cup or bowl full of liquids, causing a spill and/or stain, creating extra cleaning up work. Well Tenura is here to help relieve you of that frustration. Tenura coasters make for a great non-slip safeguard as they allow for grip between the surface and object. Many tables or stands have a glossy or shiny finish to them, this can cause your glass or mug to slide around, potentially instigating a slip that can get all over yourself and your surrounding belongings. If the liquids fall on to the floor, this could lead to a serious slip and fall injury.
Lucky for all, Tenura offers a wide range of silicone anti-slip coasters. They are constructed from a silicone rubber, allowing for exceptional grip abilities. These coasters come in many different shapes and sizes, ideally designed to accommodate virtually all size beverage holders and prevent them from sliding around. This product come in packs of four, ensuring you have enough for yourself and family or even guests! Tenura coasters are ideal for use around any area of your home and/or the work place.
In addition to the coasters, Tenura also offers anti-microbial cup holders. These coasters are constructed to attach to the bottom of mugs and cups, creating a portable non-slip solution. By using Tenura cup holders, you are able to take your cup or mug anywhere around your home or office where a non slip solution will always be handy. These cup holders can be removed easily, and its silicone construction allows for that removal without leaving any residue. And just like the Tenura mats and coasters, these cup holders and be washed and used over and over once dry again.
Tenura coasters aid you in everyday tasks by providing a non-slip surface to rest spillable items on. These coasters are available in two different sizes, 14cm and 19cm, to suit your needs. This is ideal for some as all beverage holders range in various sizes. Make eating and drinking safer and avoiding spills and potential burns by using Tenura coasters throughout daily living. Just like the mats and cup holders, these coasters will not harbour bacteria thanks to its anti-microbial construction. They are easily cleanable and regain all non-slip grip once dry.
When it comes to meal times, those with hand impairments and diseases, such as Arthritis or Parkinson’s, can seriously struggle when it comes to using eating utensils. These impairments directly affect ones strength and gripping abilities. The use of your standard knives, forks and spoons can cause great discomfort and pain. Tenura cutlery grips were created to make mealtimes less agonizing.
Tenura cutlery grips have been created to reduce the need for a strong grip of eating utensils such as forks, knives and spoons. They are constructed with a thick, non-slip handle to increase the surface area of the handle, ideally making the cutlery easier to grab a hold of. By using Tenura’s cutlery grips, mealtimes immediately become less painful on the joints and more enjoyable to eat. Those who suffer from impairments will feel much more at ease when eating. Cutlery grips are constructed from an anti-microbial silicone material. This means that they are easily cleanable and will not harbour any dirt or bacteria. These grips come in a set of two, allowing you to insert a knife, fork or spoon so you will not have to switch between utensils. These grips can can also virtually be used for many different household items such as pencils, toothbrushes and more! Tenura cutlery grips are also available in childrens’ sizes.
Tenura has constructed a spill-proof lid for beverages, known as CupCaps. CupCaps are an ideal solution for the prevention of spills and stains, all while keeping your beverage fresh for an extended period of time. Perfect for hot or cold liquids, CupCaps can be reused over and over as they are created from an anti-microbial silicone material that does not allow the harbouring of bacteria and germs. Those who may suffer from gripping impairments or diseases such as Parkinson’s that cause shaking or extra movement, can frustrate themselves with more spills and stains, but Tenura CupCaps have been created to ease that frustration, making meal times less stressful. Because CupCaps are essentially a seal over the tops of cups, mugs, and more, there is a valve in the top middle, allowing space for a straw to insert and drink from. This allows you to take your cup with you wherever you go, whether that be in a car, public transportation or on your own 2 feet!
Tenura CupCaps are available in packs of two – a larger cap (3.1”) and a smaller cap (2.3”). This allows you to have a cap available for various size cups. The decrease in spills and stains will become evident after the first use of CupCaps. The constant yucky stains and damage to clothing is now preventable with the use of Tenura CupCaps!
Tenura’s versatile range of daily living aids will make you excited for mealtimes again. Simple daily tasks that were once a nuisance, will soon become something to look forward to. Meal times will become a pleasure rather than a chore.To get more information on Tenura’s mealtime products or to get more information on the complete range, please contact us via the “contact us” page or visit the product page on or site!
We understand that no one is a fan of spills and stains, and the potential danger that can occur from those spills. When a liquid hits any smooth surface, there is an instant possibility for an accident that can cause serious injury. Spills of cold liquids are one thing, but spills of hot liquids can be even more hazardous as spilling them can cause harm to your own skin or others around you.
Many individuals suffer from impairments such as Parkinson’s, Arthritis and several others that can disrupt daily living. Often times these disabilities can lead to spills that hinder the flow of everyday life. Tenura has constructed a range of CupCaps that will help to prevent those potentially hazardous spills. These caps will seal over the tops of cups, mugs and cans which helps to eliminate spillage or leaking of any kind.
Tenura CupCaps are available in packs of two – each of which are of different sizes. Ones measures to be 2.3” in diameter and the other 3.1” in diameter.
Tenuras’ 3.1” CupCaps are designed to fit over most cups and mugs to create a seal over top, eliminating any liquids from leaking out of the container. This allows you to now drink from your cup or mug without the worry or hassle of spills. This cup cap is constructed from a flexible material that allows you to stretch and mold it over nearly any cup or mug of average size which makes them perfect for use on the go. Tenuras’ CupCaps are constructed with a small, anti-spill, valve in the center of the cap which allows for a straw to be placed through. The straw valve is ideal for children who cannot yet sip from a cup. CupCaps also aid in keeping your beverage fresher for a longer period of time. Tenura CupCaps are created to not let bacteria or fungi grow on them as they are constructed with an anti-microbial material. Cleaning Tenura CupCaps are as simple as applying a small amount of soap and water and giving it a good scrub to ensure that it stays clean and hygenic.
Drinking from a can is ideal when you’re on-the-go, specifically during a quick lunchtime or break time. The only problem with cans is that they are not created to be resealed, which can lead to the spillage of those fizzy drinks. This can cause quite the sticky mess on your desk, equipment, or even paperwork. Spills can be triggered by those who suffer from unfortunate conditions such as Parkinson’s or Arthritis, or even from those who suffer from daily life impairments. Fortunately, Tenuras’ 2.3” CupCaps offers an ideal solution! Tenura CupCaps have been constructed to fit on nearly all cans of average size. They provide a seal unlike any other helping to eliminate those sticky spills that can damage your belongings. Tenuras’ stretchy CupCaps will easily flex to conform around the top of the can. Once your beverage is finished, the cap can easily be removed and cleaned with soap and water for future use.
Tenura CupCaps offer preventative action when it comes to spillage from liquids that can cause stains, harm to skin or damage to property. They allow for a smoother day to day life to those who may have physical disabilities while allowing the environment around them to stay cleaner and safer. To learn more about Tenura CupCaps, prices or other Tenura products, please visit the Tenura website.
Some may find that having a disability can leave you feeling low as you can’t continue with the daily activities like you used to. However whilst searching online I fell upon a few facts about gardening therapy. The information I found gave a basis on how gardening can help people with impairments get back into a routine. Tenura offers a wide range of products that can help make it comfortable for you to do these activities again.
Gardening therapy is based around the idea of routine and purpose. Supplying someone living with a disability a reason to get up in the morning creates more positive energy. For those with disabilities it can be a challenge getting back into those daily routines. Gardening gives you a reason to get out of the house as some gardens need daily care. You are getting a natural source of Vitamin D being in the sun, promoting a better night’s sleep whilst doing light exercise throughout the day. As the days go by you will begin to notice that you are accomplishing more and felling less down and having more energy.
During my research I also found out that gardening reduces the chances of having a heart attack and diabetes, as it promotes healthy living. Without realising it you are doing a few hours of exercise every day and slowly developing muscles that may have caused pain or discomfort. Even though being outside all day is a positive thing; there are some precautions to take. Examples would be to make sure you drink plenty of water, take regular breaks, wear protective clothing, store equipment safely or ensure that it isn’t causing a hazard when in use.
Extreme grip mats
Extreme grip mats are made from a strong tacky like material which will prevent things from moving. This mat creates a bond to most surfaces and they’re designed for high movement areas, meaning they will adhere to a surface instantly, thus creating a strong non slip surface. These mats are dishwasher safe or can be cleaned with hot soapy water, once fully dry they are ready for usage again without losing any of its adhesive qualities.
This product can be used by those who have balancing issues. The following are examples of where to use these products;
While filling plant pots up, by placing an extreme mat down you can fill plant pots up without risk of them falling.
Placed pots on them when finished to keep them stabilized, in case of knocking the plant over.
Carrying things on a tray that may be slightly heavier or for those with balancing issues; this mat will keep things in place if you don’t have steady hands.
Non slip fabric
Non slip fabric is a foam based material attached to polyester mesh. It is designed to allow objects to sink into the material, preventing all movement. The fabric can be used anywhere in any size. You can cut this fabric down to size with scissors for what purpose it is needed. Similarly to the grip mats, they are easy to wash with warm soapy water. Once they are fully dry they are ready for use again without losing any of its non slip properties.
- If you find discomfort whilst kneeling down this fabric is cushioned, creating comfort when leaned on. Simply lay it down on the ground and fold as many times as needed to create extra comfort.
- When planting you can place plants on the non slip fabric to keep them in place without causing any damage to them.
Moulded Cup Holder
The Tenura Moulded cup holder is available in red and blue; it has a strong anti-microbial construction which prevents any bacteria or fungi spreading on the material. This product can also be washed with ease either in the dishwasher or with hot soapy water then once fully dried it is ready to use again without losing any of its non slip properties. It works just like a regular coaster but it is fitted to the bottom of your cup for an anti slip base. This product is beneficial for those who have vision impairments due to it being on the bottom of your cup you don’t have the issue of trying to locate your coaster and risk it falling.
- Apply them to the bottom of small plant pots when filling, moving, carrying or displaying them to prevent movement.
- This product is a good way to place your cup down without risk of it falling or spilling as you normally would when trying to locate and place it on a regular coaster.
Tenura CupCaps are self sealing caps that are made from silicone and are flexible to stretch around the top of a cup or glass preventing spills when shaken or knocked over. This product is perfect for children or those with an unsteady grip, helping to protect clothing or furniture.
- Although the CupCaps have the purpose for just cups and glasses it also has other purposes;
- Being placed over glasses to stop any cross contamination when using chemicals and staying hydrated.
- Can be placed over small pots when seeds need the correct atmosphere for germination, while protecting the seeds at the same time. They create a tight seal on the top keeping warmth inside the pot but with a small hole in the centre of the CupCaps allowing oxygen to get in.
Grip Strips and rolls
Tenura silicone grip strips and rolls are two different products with similar purpose, the rolls are made from silicone with a self adhesive backing, they can be used as draw liners, shelf liners or tray liners they can be cut to size with ease and once applied they create a non slip base. However, we do not recommend using this product again once
Iremoved from the surface as it loses its adhesive quality. On the other hand the grip strips are made from the same silicone material and are reusable they come in a ¾ inch x 3 ft strip that can be used wherever extra grip is needed. Easy to apply, the materials adhesive-like qualities bonds together and stays in place but also easy to remove.
- While gardening the
rerolls or strips can be useful if there is extra grip needed;
- Wrap the strips around any tool or hose pipe to create an anti slip grip.
- Apply the strips to a wheelbarrow to create a stronger grip when lifting it.
- The rolls can be used to line trays, buckets, wheelbarrows to create an anti-slip surface when you are moving around.
You can purchase any of these products from the Tenura website. If you are VAT exempt you can buy the silicone range of Tenura products VAT free. Free shipping is also available to our US customers when you spend $60 or more.
Tenuras latest addition to the daily living aids range is self-adhesive non-slip silicone reels. This material is our faithful non-slip silicone with an added bonus of a strong self adhesive backing, allowing it to be applied to an area as an effective semi-permanent non-slip surface. This will not only provide excellent non-slip properties, but will not damage any items placed upon it.
The adhesive backing was an additional feature people have enquired about online, at meetings and exhibitions. Now we at Tenura are happy to make this available and supply an inexpensive, self-adhesive non-slip surface.
This material can be used in many domestic and industrial applications such as in tool boxes, workbenches, breakfast bars or side tables, both at home or desks in the office. It can also be applied to handheld objects to increase grip and comfort. Self-adhesive silicone reels decrease the risk of spills and prevent stains from objects resting on its surface. Thanks to the easy peel away backing, this material can be applied quickly and neatly, creating an aesthetically pleasing non-slip surface.
They are highly versatile. This is due to the ability of being able to cut pieces to specific sizes using scissors, making them ideal for when a non-slip surface is required.
The aforementioned cut-to-size versatility makes it perfect for areas where multiple or specific shape applications may be needed.
Like most of Tenura silicone non-slip and grip aids, Tenura self adhesive non-slip reels can be cleaned with a simple combination of hot water and soap, but will lose all non-slip properties whilst wet. Once dry the materials non-slip properties will return, so we recommend allowing the surface to dry properly before using it.
Tenura self-adhesive non-slip reels are 3.2ft x 7.8” giving you a large amount of material to work with for your money. They are 0.011” thick and available in blue.
Should you have any questions or queries about our self-adhesive non-slip reels or any other products Tenura produces you can do so via the live chat feature or calling us by phone. Alternatively, complete the contact us form and a member of our sales team will get back to you as soon as possible.