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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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.
One of my favorite kitchen tools is my electric jar opener. I have always had an under-the-cabinet bottle and jar opener. You slide the lid into the v-shaped grip and turn. This works okay one-handed for small bottles and jars, and I use it to open my hobby glue and paint jars. But this kind of opener is hard to use for larger jars, like salsa and spaghetti sauce jars, and sometimes I had to ask Stephanie to open them with two hands. Now, I use the Black & Decker JW200 Lids Off Automatic Jar Opener electric opener all the time. It's quick and easy even with one hand.