SafeSip in Healthcare February 4, 2016 00:00
My father had a heart attack and was hospitalised, one of the things he struggled with was to sit up and drink, and when he did manage it his drink had sat there gathering dust ….. does this sound familiar to anyone?
A close relative of mine was then diagnosed with muscular dystrophy. As they declined I could see the difficulty everyday tasks were beginning to be - one of those simple tasks being drinking. From both these experiences, it became apparent that people want to be able to be as independent as possible, without a worry of causing a problem.
With a diagnosis such as muscular dystrophy, a stroke or Parkinson’s disease it can be shattering. The need to keep life as normal as possible by just having the confidence to drink unaided or without spilling the liquid on themselves or their beds can really help.
SafeSip is perfect to aid those with healthcare issues, to drink by themselves with confidence and with dignity. With its simple, stylish and ageless design, SafeSip moves away from the clumsy, babyish or institutional looking aids that are currently being used. With bright and fun colours, as well as a discreet Clear version, SafeSip is ideal to use in a hospital, at home or out and about – just pop it on, and once finished, wash it by hand or in the dishwasher and it is ready to use again.
As well as practical, the flexibility of SafeSip enables people to use it on their own cups and mugs already at home – just using your favourite mug again independently can really give you back some dignity and confidence, putting a smile on your face.
We have worked with various groups and our customers are individuals affected by or carers of those with illnesses such as cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s disease, muscular dystrophy, motor neurone disease, brain ataxia, and stroke victims. We also receive emails from people confirming how useful it has been to them from a mother following a C-section birth, who could not sit up properly, to countless people who have had operations or back issues confined to lying in awkward positions.
Safesip obviously helps those that use it, but also provided benefits to carers and their feedback is fantastic – it allows the carer more time as they can leave drinks without fear of spilling and avoids time changing bedding or clearing up.
Unexpectedly, during a news story about dementia on BBC News, we spotted a SafeSip being used ….. it is great to see it being used by situations we had not thought about ourselves, which is very heart-warming.
Spills at home…… February 3, 2016 00:00
When we moved into our house, before we had children, the practicalities that went with choosing a carpet colour were lost on us. Now here we are 7 years on, two children and our lovely carpet is now a dirty shade of beige rather than the cream it once was. I would like to say it was all the children’s fault but as I am sure you are aware they are not the only people who walk mud in, drop things or knock over drinks.
I am in fact pretty sure the first thing that hit our carpet was a glass of red wine that was resting on the fireplace and someone accidently knocked it off. Red wine and cream carpet is not a brilliant combination I am sure you are all aware. As time when on the red wine was joined by tea, water, hot chocolate, milk, squash … the list is endless. Thankfully now we use SafeSips around the house spills are a rarity!
It is not just the human factor that you need to worry about when it comes to drink spills. Pets have been known to create a few accidents of their own. Adding a SafeSip to your cup, mug or glass means that you can leave the room without thinking too much about where you leave your drink and worrying if it might get knocked over. I also understand from some of our SafeSip users it can be helpful to stop your cats trying to share your drink!
They are great for an adult to use too. If you are feeling under the weather, snuggling up with a duvet on the sofa and watching your favourite film is a great way to cheer yourself up. Save yourself the risk of spilling your drinks over the sofa, when you pick it up and put it down, by adding a SafeSip. Save your favourite duvet from a stain!
It isn’t just carpets that have an attraction for spills in our house. Our children’s beds seem to be a target for accidents at bedtime. I am sure like many parents out there, we take our children to bed with a small drink of water and then sit on their beds to read a calming bed time story. There is nothing more uncalming before bed than a drink accidently being knocked with a foot, a hand, a duvet or a stray teddy and the bed requiring a full change before the child has fallen asleep. 20 minutes later, clean bed and the whole routine has to start again. By using a SafeSip we manage to save ourselves the strip and remake process plus a further 30 minutes of stories reducing what could become a very lengthy bedtime for us!
2014 British Invention Show February 2, 2016 00:00
Another year has now gone past and I have been very lucky to be part of the 2014 British Invention Show in London. After attending the show for 3 days, I was invited to the dinner and awards ceremony at The Savoy Hotel.
It was a great night and unexpectedly, I was entered into two categories. It was an exciting time as I was not anticipating winning any awards, so I enjoyed my meal and the company on my table.
Then the presentations began, and I started to get that butterfly feeling in my stomach....it was tense as some of the people on my table were in the same category as me. In the end, my name was announced twice that evening, once for SafeSip and once for myself. I was absolutely delighted to win
Platinum Award for British Invention in the consumer category; and
British Female Inventor of the Year 2014.
Thanks to the British Invention Show and to James Franklin for giving me some coverage in the Daily Echo...
2013 International Exhibition of Inventions February 1, 2015 00:00
This has been an exciting time for me and I feel like I have "made it" after being asked to come over to Stockholm for the International Exhibition of Inventions.... this is a long way from when I started my idea of SafeSip in South Wales.