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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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.
More Dental Care
Dental health is important to overall health for everyone, including stroke survivors. 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 clean between uses. They are easy to use, almost like a toothpick, and easy to pack for travel.
Floss With One Hand
Dentists tell you to floss at least once a day. I use this flossing system, which is a big improvement over the flossing product I had used in the past. Before, to floss with one hand, I needed Stephanie to first thread the floss onto a y-shaped handle. With this system, individual flossing units snap onto the handle, which I learned to do with one hand.
Taking 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.