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Posted: September 24th, 2013 | Author: admin | Filed under: Grandparents, Health, Product reviews | Comments Off
We are always keen to get feedback on our products and we recently received this from a care assistant who had shared our book, Pictures to Share – in the garden with one of his clients who has dementia.
“I used the book with one of my clients in the day room. I wanted to try something else as often social time is just people watching old reruns of Dads Army on the telly and I wanted to do something more meaningful. It was not just the pictures in the book but also the words, especially the Kipling poem which resonated with my client – she lit up. The book linked her right back to the felt experience of the country people she used to know. Something passed between us that was much more meaningful – not stereotypical. There seemed to be an after effect also. I concluded the social time with a 15 minute walk around the garden and my client seemed more fluent because she had had access through the material to talking about the life she had had before the memory issues arose. It also had an impact on our relationship – we were more connected and more equal – less carer and cared for”
For more details about Pictures to Share and our other dementia products, visit www.thefutureperfectcompany.com
Posted: September 9th, 2013 | Author: admin | Filed under: About retirement - Howard Croft, Grandparents, Product reviews | No Comments »
In the past couple of years we have seen a steady stream of movies portraying later life and in particular different models of retirement living.
Robot & Frank
On the one hand, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel followed a group of British pensioners opting to spend their retirement in a run down hotel in India rather than moving in with family or downsizing to an assisted living facility.
In Quartet, another comedy drama, a group of retired musicians live together in an altogether more upmarket country house.
And most recently, Robot and Frank, looks forward to the “near future” when the children of a retired cat burglar buy their father a humanoid robot as an alternative to putting him in a retirement home.
So, here we have three models of retirement, two communal and one living independently at home. Which one would you opt for, given the choice?
The Marigold Hotel is most akin to a typical “old people’s home” in that the residents are a disparate group thrown together by age and circumstance rather than shared interests albeit in in an unusual location. In the film, the residents gradually coalesce into a group and become empowered in their new environment whether to end a loveless marriage or take over the hotel’s accounts.
The residents of Beacham House in Quartet are on the face of it a more confident and feisty bunch brought together by a love of their art. However, the home has fallen on tough times and the residents need to come together to raise funds to ensure its survival. Again, like Marigold Hotel the group pulls together, this time to organise a successful fundraising concert.
In both cases, the residents are empowered to take control of the homes in which they live, somewhat at odds with the usual promise of today’s retirement homes of needing to “spend less time on everyday chores and responsibilities” and not a little worrying for those wanting a quiet life. And both are based on a model of living communally - which will not suit everybody.
In Robot and Frank, Frank is supported to live independently by a very sophisticated robot which is programmed to monitor his health and well being in such a way as replicates a caring human relationship. After some initial resistance, Frank thrives within this quasi-friendship until driven by his own self interest, he opts to erase the robot’s memory and consequently their relationship.
And in all cases it is the quality of the relationships between the resident, the staff and residents, and even Frank and his robot, which has the most impact on the quality of life of the aging protoganists. Even in the squabbles and politicking between the Marigold Hotel and Beacham House residents, there is the sense of life still being lived and enjoyed. Whilst there is a hotel to be saved, a residential home to be funded or a heist to be organised, life has purpose and meaning. And that is as important in older age as at any other life stage.
Posted: August 15th, 2011 | Author: admin | Filed under: Grandparents, Health, New products!, Product reviews | Comments Off
Know you have to exercise but finding it increasingly difficult? Want to improve your mobility but finding it hard to take traditional exercise? Want to buy an exercise DVD for a less agile parent or grandparent?. Then Move It or Lose It! is for you!
Easy to follow, from the comfort of a chair, these exercises set to toe-tapping classical music take less than one hour to do and increase strength, flexibility and mobility.
Endorsed by the Centre for Healthy Active Ageing Research and with no lycra in sight, the Move It or Lose It! DVD will help keep your body flexible, well co-ordinated and improve the strength of core muscles required to maintain good balance and prevent falls.
Hundreds of people of all ages, abilities and with many conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis and heart disease have improved their confidence and returned to weight bearing activities as a result of Move It or Lose It! :
“l had my knee replacement surgery on 3rd Feb and was able to come home on 9th Feb with just the aid of a walking stick. l am convinced that all the exercises l undertook before going into hospital gave me this result. l walk unaided in the house and have already taken two short walks out of the home with just the stick without any effort at all. Keep up the good work!”
“I have lymphoedema in both legs and was looking for a set of exercises that would help circulation without too much strain being put on the joints. I have recommended the DVD to other lymphoedema sufferers.”
“I think it is great and my mom has recently used it at home with my dad. Mom has had an operation and couldn’t come to a class so it was good to get dad doing it at home with her. I think it is a great DVD and will recommend it to others.”
“I bought the DVD for my mother who lives in semi warden controlled accommodation. My mother (80) and her 8 neighbours use the DVD every week for their weekly exercise session, their ages range from 75-93 and they get enormous enjoyment and benefit from it. If you release a further DVD let me know!”
The DVD is the brainchild of Julie Robinson (B.Ed in Physical Education, NVQ II and III in chair based exercises and Extend) who is a specialist teacher of exercise for older or less able people of any age and runs a network of classes in the Midlands area.
“The idea for this DVD comes from my clients who are in their 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. From people in community centres to care homes, from Age Concern projects to hospice courses, so many people have said they want to follow the routines at home but can’t remember what to do. So the first Move It or Lose It! routine is aimed at those who need gentle but progressive exercise so they can improve their strength, mobility and confidence.
These exercises can re-introduce people to exercise, encourage people to move more regularly and help to maintain their independence as they are able to cope with their everyday activities.
I am frequently contacted by the people who are concerned about their parents or grandparents as they are worried about their physical decline as they age. They know they need to exercise but don’t know what to do and cannot always get out to join a class. The Move It or Lose It! DVD brings the exercise class to their living room, encouraging them to keep on moving just like the people in the DVD.”
Click here for details of how to buy the Move It or Lose It! DVD with FREE Exercise Band
Posted: April 26th, 2011 | Author: admin | Filed under: Press coverage, Product reviews | Comments Off
Nice review here for our mugs from Playpennies.com
It shouldn’t take you too long to realise that The Future Perfect Company isn’t a company who aim their products at kids.
I can’t even remember how I came across The Future Perfect Company but I saw these double-handled ceramic mugs on their site and thought they’d be great for kids too.
All three of my children started off with the obligatory plastic double-handled Tommee Tippee cup; at some point they wanted to move away from plastic, be like everyone else and drink from proper mugs or glasses instead.
That was all very well and good but glasses don’t come with handles and have a big circumference for little hands to try and grasp and ceramic mugs are heavy, combine that with a handle on one side only and they become somewhat lop-sided.
So even though these double-handled mugs are intended for people at the other end of the age range scale, I think they’re great for kids who want to be like the grown ups and ditch their plastic fantastic drinking cups.
They start from £14 each, but if you follow the link above you’ll be able to pick up two for £20.
Posted: January 31st, 2011 | Author: admin | Filed under: Press coverage, Product reviews | Comments Off
Good review for The Future Perfect Company website by Virtual Granny (www.virtualgranny.com) this week.
“I might have suddenly come down with a touch of Arthur, but if I have I don’t want some sad old gadget to help me screw the lids of stuff. I want funky. I want fun – and I still want my funky fun gadget to help me screw the lids off stuff.
If, at some stage in life I need, for example, an electric scooter to get about, I want a range of colours to light up my day. Sky blue pink with purple dots, or psychedelic if I so wish. I don’t want to be fobbed off with bad design and a sludge one-colour-suits-all-old-crumblies carriage.
Actually one brilliant website, http://www.thefutureperfectcompany.com is leading the way, by selling fantastically designed products for those of us who are slightly fraying round the edges, but have no intention of being put out to grass and fed dull inferior products, when we still want to be funky monkeys.
Form and function go hand in hand here – with a pile of great products on offer. From two handled cups in vibrant shades to incredibly elegant cookware created to make handling easier, or stylish healthy back bags designed to counteract neck and back pain. There are even bionic golf gloves, designed by an orthopaedic hand surgeon that wouldn’t look out of place on Tiger Woods mitts.
I might even take Arthur for a jitterbug around the site. After all, he owes me a smart little gift if he’s thinking of moving in for good.”
To read the blog in full, click here
Posted: December 17th, 2010 | Author: admin | Filed under: Press coverage, Product reviews | Comments Off
By MATT FORTUNE
Published: 07 Dec 2010
I’M A sucker for technology as much as the next guy.
I still have that kid-at-Christmas feeling with almost anything which works in ways I don’t understand.
Then every so often something so simple comes along which ticks all the same boxes as the most complicated electronic gadget – ease of use, style, help it provides.
I’m writing this review from the front passenger seat of my partner’s rather compact Fiat 500 on route back from the airport.
Last week, attempting such a task would have been pointless. For anyone who has tried to balance a laptop on their knees – let alone attempted it in a tight spot – you will understand the difficulty.
But now I have the Trabasack Mini.
This kick-yourself simple design has allowed me to work on the go, whether it’s sat in a cramped airport departure lounge or on the long car journey home.
And why so simple? On one side a firm leather feel surface to rest and protect your laptop, and on the other, a bean bag cushion inset to help achieve a level work surface wherever you want one.
Furthermore, the Trabasack claims to be more than just a helping hand to on-the-go workers.
Loathed to spend a fortune on airport sandwiches, I always take a packed lunch. But if you don’t eat in a designated restaurant, where can you enjoy a homemade cheese and pickle? Anywhere, now!
My portable desk has just become a tray. No spilled coffee. No trousers covered in crumbs and no uncomfortable balancing acts.
The Trabasack looks like a smart briefcase but comes complete with detachable straps so it can be worn as a rucksack or shoulder bag.
The inside zip pocket (where the beanbag is kept) means you can keep your charger, pens, pencils and even a notebook.
The Trabasack is priced at £34.95 and is available from the Future Perfect Company
For the full article click here
Posted: November 22nd, 2010 | Author: admin | Filed under: Product reviews | Comments Off
Hexus TV, the technology internet channel, has posted a great review of the fabulous Trabasack which give you a good idea of its size, features and versatility saying : “In one of those “why didn’t someone think of this already??” moments, the Trabasack combines the bag and cushioned lap tray for your laptop”
Watch here : Trabasack review
Trabasacks make great Christmas gifts – buy yours here
Posted: March 11th, 2010 | Author: admin | Filed under: Product reviews | Comments Off
I just wanted to say that I recently purchased the two handled teapot and mugs from your site.
The service was great, easy to order and pay for and the parcel arrived quickly, with the goods very well packaged.
My mum loved them and really appreciated the extra handle on the teapot making it so much easier to lift and pour.
So a good result all round!!
Posted: February 18th, 2010 | Author: admin | Filed under: About retirement - Howard Croft, Product reviews | Comments Off
“I had seen this device in cookery shops before being asked to test drive one, but never paid much attention because I suspected that, as with so many devices, it would not work. I was wrong, it is extremely effective. Gone are the days when I would trap the lid between the jamb and the hinge edge of the door, grip tight and turn, a strategy that frequently deposits broken glass and branston pickle on the carpet. The handle is fat and easy to grip, and made of non-slip rubber.
I persuaded my mother-in-law to give it a try and (after I found a jar in the cupboard that was not cross-threaded) she whipped off the lid of a jar of maraschino cherries in the twinkle of an eye. She declined to have another go on a bottle of pickled onions, which tells only that she prefers a champagne cocktail to a ploughman’s lunch, and nothing at all about the OXO device. I am no mechanical engineer, nor a metallurgist, to these wise old eyes it seems a robust implement that will put up with a good deal of use before it fails, if ever. She did not return the opener.
My only cavil, and it is a small point, is that the sticker indicating the direction of rotation is on the face that meets the lid and so is not visible when operating the opener. I thought I was smart and with some difficulty peeled off the instruction and re-sited it on the visible surface. But then the arrows were pointing in the wrong direction, so tightening the lid. So – not so smart. For most of us, which way to turn a standard screw is pretty intuitive but I have come across people who know the way to turn on a tap is by trial and error.
I strongly recommend this utensil.”
Posted: February 6th, 2010 | Author: admin | Filed under: Miscellaneous, Product reviews | Comments Off
The time is coming to venture out into that garden again. Yes, really. Sorting out the havoc caused by a cold and snowy winter is going to take stamina and determination but some of you have started already. My sister in law, Elizabeth emailed me a couple of weeks ago to say: ” Just got a phone call from my mum – she’s delighted with the gardening gloves, she’s been out in the cold clearing wet vegetation (putting the rest of us to shame, as she’s nearly 75) and they were really excellent”.
If you want to follow Elizabeth’s Mum’s stoic example, the gloves to buy are these from Bionic :
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