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Grooming Products

PAUL:  After my stroke, I struggled to relearn the basics of taking care of myself with one hand - my left hand  (I was right-handed before).  Here are the tips and tools I use for grooming.

Shaving- Morning Routine

Braun Series 7 790cc.size.Shaving is difficult with one hand, and cleaning the shaver can be a challenge, too. So I use the electric shaving system, the new Braun Series 7- 790cc Pulsonic Shaver. It gives me a good, close shave, and it cleans itself in a special electronic stand.

To see one like mine, click here. A nice gift, too

brsun foil & cutterblockShaver Replacement Parts:

Braun 8000FC Activator Combi-Pack Foil and Cutterblock Replacement Parts for Braun's Activator Razor Models 8595 and 8585.

 Braun says that "to bring back 100% shaving performance, replace your foil and cutterblock every 18 months. Change both parts at the same time for a closer shave with less skin irritation." Order online

braun clean & chargeBraun CCR2 Syncro Shaver System Clean & Charge Refills (2 Refills)

These two replacement cartridges for Braun's Clean & Charge storage stand contain cleaning fluid and lubrication. Each cartridge lasts about 30 cleaning cycles. Order online

Dental Care

Oral-B Vitality Floss Action Rechargeable Power Toothbrush4-4Taking care of your smile is important, and can be hard with one hand. I use an electric toothbrush. The high speed  oscillating/rotating motion cleans teeth better than a manual toothbrush and promotes healthier gums.

To see the type I use, the Oral-B Vitality Floss Action Rechargeable Power Toothbrush, click here.

flosser 22 headsFloss With One Hand

PAUL: I recently found this new flossing system, which is a big improvement over the flossing product I had used in the past.  To floss with one hand, I needed Stephanie to first thread the floss onto a y-shaped handle. With this new system, individual flossing units snap onto the handle, which I learned to do with one hand. Mine is aqua blue.

STEPHANIE:  Before we found this great little product, I would thread four or five flossing handles at a time for Paul, so he would be able to floss each night. The snap-on heads give Paul one more moment of independence, and I gain a few free minutes before bed. Order online

G-U-M Dental-Go-BetweenSIZE1One-handed Dental Care

Dental health is importan

t to overall health for everyone, including stroke survivors. And, I use my teeth as a "second hand," to hold things, tear open small packages, etc.  My dentist suggested that in addition to brushing and flossing, I should use a special plaque removing tool once a day before bedtime. I use the G-U-M Go-Betweens Proxabrush Cleaners. They have antibacterial bristles that keep the tiny brush cleaner between uses. They are easy to use, almost like a toothpick, and easy to pack for travel.

To see one like mine: Order online

Waterpik Ultra Water FlosserSmile Therapy

Recently, I had dental surgery that required some gentle flossing. While I have a one-handed flosser that I use every night, I couldn't use it around those teeth. My dentist suggested a Waterpik Ultra Water Flosser, set at a
lower level.

It is easy to use with one hand, and the water tank is easy to fill with one hand. Now I use it in the morning and in the evening, I've recovered nicely from the surgery, and my teeth and smile feel clean and fresh.

To see one like mine, Order online

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You are marvels!  I just read the newsletter ... and it is simply priceless (I always read them, and they are all noteworthy, but this one is beyond good.)  Paul, your book is in my book as something that all clinicians should have, read, pass on (ie, make them buy) to their clients.
 -Audrey Holland, Professor Emerita,University of Arizona

I came across your website today and just wanted to congratulate you on providing a helpful resource for stroke survivors and healthcare professionals.
     -Marisca Baldwin, The Pat Arato Aphasia Centre, Toronto,,Canada

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