Tenura | Anti-slip and grip for independent living

Blog archive

Tenura Blog

Tenura at Rehacare 2019

Tenura are once again exhibiting at Rehacare at the Messe Düsseldorf in Germany this year.

The international trade fair for rehabilitation, prevention, inclusion and care will play host to 700 exhibitors from 40 countries and many, many more visitors looking to learn about the latest technologies and products within their respected fields.

From the 18th to the 21st of September, Chris and Stuart are looking forward to welcoming visitors to our stand located in Hall 5, stand number 5G35/5. They are there to answer any Tenura related questions you may have, whether they come from the perspective of wholesale/­commercial end user or reseller.

We’re really excited to once again be exhibiting our brand at Rehacare.

If visitor entrance vouchers are required to come and see us, you can obtain them by completing our contact us form, or alternatively get in touch with us by phone or live chat and we will be more than happy to assist you.

Posted in Exhibitions, Social Media, Tenura Updates on .

Highlight Objects & Hazards with Tenura Daily Living Aids

Tenura’s range of anti-slip and grip enhancing products are designed to create independence around the home. With their excellent anti slip qualities, they make day to day tasks easier and more manageable by increasing grip and comfort.

Additionally, their vivid shades of blue, red and yellow allow Tenura daily living aids to stand out and be more noticeable, particularly in environments with more neutral décor. With this feature they can be used to highlight important objects or potential hazards.

The colours can be beneficial in the following ways:

Yellow_Coaster_Square_2Yellow

The lightest colour and in times of low lighting or even when it is dark, yellow is the most visible. Tenura products in yellow would be ideal to use at night, such as coasters for glasses of water and yellow mats for essential items such as glasses or hearing aids.

Red

Corner_Table_Mat_RedThe colour Red commands attention, whether it be for warnings and danger or for something important you didn’t want to miss. Resting pans or dishes that have just come off the stove or out of the oven on a red Tenura mat will help to warn yourselves and others that the pan is still hot, and much like silicone trivets, it will protect the surface while the pan or dish cools. It is safe to do this as Tenura mats are heat resistant up to 250°C.

cup_holder_yellow

Blue

Blue is a cool, calming colour and due to this is suitable for use in places of rest such as bedrooms and living rooms. As it can provide contrast to lighter wooden furniture, placing items upon them means that it is easier to spot.

Organise the Kitchen with Tenura

Food prepping in the kitchen is key to helping the later processes. Using Tenura daily living aids to organise your Grip_Roll_20_1_Redprep area, whether it be for organising utensils, prepped food or both, you can create a contrast of colours to help you identify items much quicker. Red mats can also be used to signify sharp knives or electrical items.

The Tenura Grip Strips and Rolls are also ideal kitchen aids. They are available in both blue and red, ideal for adding enhanced grip, but also can be a useful reminder that blue handles are safe, and those that are red could possibly still be hot.

Tenura in the Garden

With plants, furniture and tools a lot of the time being virtually the same colour, easily identifying that trowel you put down can sometimes take longer to find than it should.

Tenura grip strips and rolls can be used to help in these situations by wrapping around tools and handles to enhance grip and make them stand out from the rest of the garden décor. Wrapping the material around tools such as spades will help to make tasks more comfortable too, in addition to the grip increase you will benefit from by using Tenura strips and rolls.

Tenura strips are pre-cut and ready to be wrapped around the object of your choice allowing you a quick, ready to strip1_0003_cutuse, grip-enhancing solution. Rolls are available in various sizes, colours and adhesive and non-adhesive versions which increases the application possibilities and they can also be cut to size to suit your needs.

You can view and buy Tenura daily living aids directly from the website. Orders £50 and over are posted free of charge*.

If you would like to speak to a member of our sales team for more information or to place an order, you can do so by live chat or phone. Alternatively, complete the contact us form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

*UK mainland orders only. Order sub-total must be £50 plus to qualify for free shipping

Fixing the Plastic Crisis

Plastic-crisisIn modern day Life it is virtually impossible to avoid plastic, but with the growing epidemic of plastic pollution it is in our best interests to minimise the amount we use.

Plastics harm the environment by seeping into soil and water, degrading our beaches, killing wildlife, choking our oceans and killing millions of marine animals each year.

There is now a huge campaign to reduce the plastic foot print by governments, environmental groups and worldwide supporters.

We are part of the problem and now need to be part of the solution.

Our problem is that we live in a throw away culture and urgency is needed to move away from this lifestyle involving single usage plastic.

Even If we make little changes in our day to day life, that can help to reduce our own plastic footprint.

Even if we each make little changes in our day to day lives, together they will have a huge impact in reducing the plastic footprint.

Below are a few pointers to go plastic free at home.

Plastic Bags

Purchase reusable bags made from durable, envi­ron­men­tally-friendly materials that will last time and time again.

Plastic Bottles

Refillable, glass water bottles are much better for the environment and yourself.

Plastic Straws

Skip a straw or buy a reusable metal one.

Shop Local

local Markets or local farmers markets are ideal for plastic free shopping as most items are displayed loose and stall holders more likely to accommodate your needs. Most food hasn’t travelled miles to get to you therefore the carbon footprint is low.

Buy in Bulk

Reduces the amount of plastic packaging.

Reusable Party Cutlery

The amount of single use partyware we through away in our lifetimes if we thought about it would add up to a considerable amount.

Recycle When Possible

This will give your used packaging the best chance of being disposed of correctly to reduce the pollution created from waste.

The ‘Attenborough Effect’ has sparked a rise in beaches around the UK having a big clean up. With a rise in 18 beaches since last year being awarded for their litter free sands. Over the past 12 months, this movement has led to a 53 percent reduction in single-use plastic.

Large fast-food and coffee franchises such as McDonalds, Nandos and Cost Coffee are leading the way in the eradication of their single-use, plastic straws.

Certain Supermarkets are also taking action to reduce plastic packaging on their products by creating plastic-free aisles so consumers can buy products loosely, or bring their own containers.

The UK has also banned products containing microbeads within the last year.

What Effort is Tenura Making?

new-tenura-cardboard-retail-packsHere at Tenura we are making the move from plastic to cardboard packaging, starting with our jar and bottle openers. By 2020, the entire Tenura range will be packaged in cardboard retail boxes.

Cardboard is a very durable material, which allows products to withstand long transportation times. It prevents moisture from accessing goods within the packaging and prevents them from becoming damaged.

Cardboard is biodegradable and recyclable, with it also being more easily and widely recycled than any other material. With it being a lighter packaging, this would also reduce the emissions used when transporting.

For more specific information on our new cardboard packaging, or to place an order, you can contact the Tenura sales team via phone or live chat. Alternatively complete our contact us form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Abolish Spilt Drinks this Summer with Tenura CupCaps

tenura cup cap for drinksWith the summer months arriving and the May Day Bank Holiday weekend around the corner, we hang on to thoughts of backyard BBQs, summer garden parties and picnics in the sun.

You don’t want any distraction from the fun and relaxation of these special times, so why not make use of the Tenura daily living aids range to help make life a little easier on these occasions?

In the warm weather, you need to stay hydrated, but enjoying a little tipple (soft drinks for the kids) is also a welcome treat. Harassment from wasps and flies however is not and is in fact an irritating distraction. Even worse, when wasps get angry for no reason and decide to attack you it often results in a spilled drink. We don’t have a solution for wasps and insects crashing your party, but we can protect your beverages in the form of Tenura CupCaps.

Tenura Cups are stretchable, self-sealing, silicone caps designed to fit over the tops of mugs, cups, cans and glasses. Applying these to your drink container creates a spill proof lid that no bugs can get through. They come with an eyelet in the centre for the insertion of a straw so you can enjoy your drink.

Made from 100% antimicrobial silicone, Tenura CupCaps are completely free from plasticisers, making them non-toxic and suitable for use by all ages. Washable either by hand or dishwasher lends to their durability.

The Tenura CupCaps come in a pack of 2, with each pack containing 6cm and 8cm diameter CupCaps.

Tenura CupCaps can be purchased directly through our website, along with the rest of Tenuras' range of daily living aids. All orders to the value of £50 or more will be sent free of charge within the mainland UK. Should you have any questions or queries about our products, please speak to us via phone or live chat and we would be more than happy to help. Alternatively, use the contact us form on the site and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Rubber Bath Toys A Haven for Bacteria

rubber-duck-in-bathSwiss and American researchers recently released a study stating that bath-time toys, rubber ducks predominantly in this case, become a haven for disease-spreading bacteria.

The Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, ETH Zurich and the University of Illinois, counted the microbes found in the murky, stagnant water that resided in some of these bath-time toys. In 4 out of the 5 toys studied, they found that the water squeezed out of them contained “potentially pathogenic bacteria” such as Legionella and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Bacterium which is “often implicated in hospital-acquired infection”.

While differences have been found in others, many bath-toys have produced similar results and the reason is down to the material. The plastic materials, with low-quality polymers in them, release carbons that can serve as food for the bacteria. While some of the bacteria is present in the water, bodily fluids, various contaminants and soap are also added. The additional components add microbes and nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorous and when the bacteria are introduced to this balmy brine and the carbon released from the bath-toys material it creates a formula that produces a haven for bacteria to grow and thrive, so much so there was a strikingly high number recorded. Up to 75 million cells per square centimetre of a variety of bacteria and fungus. The research had lead to the conclusion that without the carbon produced from the low-quality polymers in the material, this number would have been much less dramatic.

The presence of bacteria is important for the development of a child’s immune system, but too much can lead to infections. The increase of which can be avoided by better quality bath toys that feature higher quality polymers thus preventing the growth and fungus and bacteria.

Tenura Antimicrobial Daily Living Aids

With Tenura for the most part being hand held daily living aids intended for use around food and drink, we too faced similar issues in making sure our products did not subject our users to these risks as well as others.

Initially creating our daily living aids from a non-toxic material, silicone, we removed the need for phthalates to be used in our products to make them pliable enough for their purpose. Phthalates have been used in similar products. It helps to soften cheaper materials to give them a more rubber like finish. The problem with phthalates, is that they are toxic and exposure to them can have long term detrimental health effects. This has resulted in them being banned or restricted in parts of Europe and the USA.

To help combat bacteria the only additive we used is an anti-microbial powder, added during the manufacturing process which prevents the build-up of bacteria and protecting against mould and fungi. This solitary additive is intended to help protect our customers, as well as add value through longevity to our daily living aids.

View the range on the website. Spend £50 or more and we will deliver your order to you free of charge.

Gardening Therapy with Tenura

gardening-therapy-with-tenuraSome 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

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 garden needs daily care. You are getting a natural source of Vitamin D being in the sun, also 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 more felling less down and having more energy.

During my research I also found out that gardening reduces the chances of having a heart attacks and developing 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. However whilst being outside all day is a positive thing there are some precautions to take; 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

tenura-extremeExtreme grip mats are made from a strong tacky like material which will prevent things from moving. This mat creates a bond to most surfaces; these mats are designed for high movement areas and will adhere to a surface instantly 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 or where to use these products;

  • Whilst 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 in place in case of knocking.
  • 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-for-gardeningNon 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 but without causing any damage to them.

Moulded Cup Holder

moulded-cup-holders-for-gardeningThe Tenura Moulded cup holder is available in red and blue; it has a strong 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.

  • This product is a good way to place your cup down without risk of it falling or spilling when trying to locate and place it on a regular coaster.
  • You can also apply them to the bottom of small plant pots when either filling, moving/ carrying or when displaying them to prevent movement.

Cup Caps

cupcap-for-gardeningTenura Cup caps 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 protecting clothing or furniture.

  • Although the cup caps 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.

Grip Strips and rolls

grip-strips-for-gardeningTenura 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 I removed from the surface as it loses its adhesive quality once removed from the surface. On the other hand the grip strips are made from the same silicone material and are reusable they come in a 2cm x 1m 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.

  • Whilst gardening there rolls or strips can be useful if there is extra grip needed;
  • Wrap the strips around any tool or hose pipe to create a 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. Free shipping is also available to orders delivered within the UK mainland when you spend £50 or more.

Posted in Arthritis Aids, Assisted Living, Independent Living and tagged gardening therapy, tenura on .

Tenura Kitchen Must Haves

tenura anti slip mats on dining tableAlthough Tenura’s products are aimed at those with impairments to strength of grip, this does not exclude Tenura products from everyday use by everyone else.

Tenura products lend their use to a majority of kitchen items, making meal prep much easier, efficient and therefore much more enjoyable.

Below we give you suggestions for a range of Tenura products that we think are kitchen must haves.

Bottle & Jar Openers

tenura bottle opener on tapThe main usage for Tenura bottle and jar openers are to make the opening of jars and bottles much easier by increasing grip and comfort. However, they could also be used for every day kitchen needs.

Using them on taps when water is required, for the pan, kettle or measuring jug is also an excellent use for them, for the same reasons they are used on jars, bottles and similar containers.

 

Non-Slip Fabric

tenura black non slip fabric on shelfCan be used to go on draining boards to stop washed pots sliding or falling damaging them, it also cushions them to stop damages. Place it in the bottom of a drawer or on a shelf to stop things from moving when opened. Use non slip fabric to lean on with its polyester mesh covered in foam you sink into the material with comfort.

 

Cutlery Grips & Grip Strips

tenura grip strip on knifeTenura cutlery grips can be used on various kitchen utensils, creating a better secure grip. From preparation to eating, putting the grips over the end of most utensils is as easy as pushing it onto the handle. We also have children cutlery grips available. Children's cutlery grips are also available.

Grips strips can be wrapped around utensils and small containers for a firmer, more comfortable grip. The desired result is easily achievable with pre-cut strips or cutting to size from a full roll.

Non-Slip Mats

tenura anti slip mats in kitchenTenura non-slip mats can be used in prep or during mealtimes to hold cups, bowls and plates in place.

Provides additional grip to bowls when mixing, and will also provide protection to surfaces from heat or mess. Easy to clean via dishwasher or by hand, the anti-microbial additive also providing additional protection from bacteria.

Tenura offers a range of extremely effective anti-slip daily living aids that provide grip on dry, smooth and slippery surfaces, including tables, worktops, trays, handles, utensils and many more.

View the range on the website. Orders over £50 are sent free of charge to anywhere within the mainland UK.

Helping Elderly Friends and Relatives That Live Alone

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_Discs_Wet_2-copy-300x201Aqua 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

Grip_Roll_20_1_Red-copyAnti 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
  • Crutches

Table and floor mats 

meal-with-mats-copyTablemats 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 chopping board when preparing your favourite 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

antimicrobial-cup-capsMoulded 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.

Cutlery Grips

tenura-cutlery-gripsThese 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)
  • Pens
  • Pencils  
  • Paint brushes
  • Tooth brushes
  • Make up brushes 
To purchase these products, visit the website or call us via phone or live chat. Alternatively use the contact us form and a member of the sales team will be in touch as soon as possible.

Tenura at FIME 2017

tenura at fimeTenura is proud to announce we will be attending the FIME exhibition in Orlando, Florida this year.

The FIME (Florida International Medical Expo) is held between the 8th-10th August 10am-5pm located at the ORANGE COUNTY CONVENTION CENTER - WEST CONCOURSE, ORLANDO, FLORIDA.

The FIME expo welcomes over 22,000 medical and health care trade professionals worldwide!

Doing business with 1,500+ national and international companies showcasing new and refurbished medical and hospital equipment, technology, products and supplies. 

Come find us at Booth B.S26 to see Tenura Daily Living Aids as we hope to make new connections and new friends. Our products are designed to aid those with disabilities or impairments helping them get back to their daily routine again with ease.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Posted in Exhibitions and tagged tenura, fime, orlando, florida on .

Tenura Daily Living Aids on the Go

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 previous they can have a major detrimental impact on your fun or duties. With this blog post we are going to try and explain a few ways on how 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 Tenura cutlery grips, like the majority of Tenura products are produced from silicone. The main benefits of silicone is how well it grips and the comfort experienced whilst 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 off somewhere for a spot of 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 eradicating discomfort.

Tenura cutlery grips are available in adult sizes and children sizes.

Non-Slip Fabric

Tenura non slip fabricThe 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. 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. Due to non-slip fabrics flexibility, it is easy to fold and carry in your bag. 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 to increase comfort.

Tenura non slip fabric is available in 3 colours.

Moulded Cup Holders

Tenura cup holderThese 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 colours.

To purchase these products, visit the website or call us via phone or live chat. Alternatively use the contact us form and a member of the sales team will be in touch as soon as possible.