Things to Live By
Here are some useful products that make life easier and more independent for stroke survivors, people with aphasia, people who use only one hand, people with mobility issues and physical disabilities, and anyone who wants to make their day a little easier around the house, in the kitchen, grooming, reading, writing, moving around, going out, traveling, working, playing, enjoying life.
My speech, occupational and physical therapists helped me learn to be independent by teaching me techniques for one-handed living, a weak right leg, and speech problems from aphasia. Then, it was up to me to continue to find new tricks and tools for my personal care, household chores, work and play. Like most people, we live on a tight budget. So, instead of ordering from an expensive medical equipment supplier, we look for gadgets in our local department store, hardware store, drug store, and occasionally a specialty catalog. You can find almost anything on Amazon, so we have provided a link to Amazon to see and order products like mine.
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Doing everything with one hand takes more time. You can manage this in two ways: 1. Try new things to make your routine easier; 2. Watch the time. By watching the time you start and finish a task, you learn how to plan your day. Also, you see improvement as you practice and finish faster. This is true in the shower, too. I have a waterproof clock that hangs on a rope over the shower arm and runs on regular batteries. When I first came home from the hospital, it took me more than an hour to take a shower. Today, it takes about 20 minutes, including drying off.
Transfer Tub Bench
For safety in the shower, I always use a seat with a back. I have a transfer tub bench that I've used since my stroke, like the Drive Medical Plastic Tub Transfer Bench with Adjustable Backrest. It converts a bathtub into a safe shower for me. I sit down on the part that extends over the side of the tub, then lift my legs and turn. This makes me independent and safe in the morning.
Bathroom Safety Grab Bar
After my stroke, I had problems with balance, standing, and climbing. We had handrails installed on both sides of all our stairs, and grab bars in the bathroom by the toilet and shower, giving me independence and safety. You can get grab bars that match towel holders and other bathroom fixtures. We used a line of Delta products when we remodeled our bathroom, like the Delta Faucet 41624-SS Traditional Decorative Grab Bar, 24", Stainless Steel.