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.
Fruit and Vegetable Brush
I like to eat fresh fruits and vegetables. My favorites are apples, pears, peaches, nectarines, grapes, and sweet red peppers. I use a brush with suction cups to hold it to the bottom of the sink under the faucet. It's quick and easy to use with one hand. You can also use it as a fingernail brush to clean under your hand and fingernails.
Braun 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.
Shaver 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."
Shaving – Morning Routine
Shaving is difficult with one hand, and cleaning the shaver can be a challenge, too. So I use the electric shaving system, the Braun Series 7- 790cc Pulsonic Shaver. It gives me a good, close shave, and it cleans itself in a special electronic stand. A nice gift, too.