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What equipment, adaptive or otherwise do you use?

Mar 06, 2016 9:27 AM

As I see I have difficulty doing things because of my illness I have purchased equipment or modified my home so that I can continue to be independent. I was wondering what things have you found to make your life easier. And is there a preferred website or place you purchase them from that is inexpensive or free. We do have a place here that will give it to you free if they have it.

Mar 06, 2016 10:20 AM

We actually bought a different house to make things easier. Bungalow with a nice big kitchen and walk in shower. Smaller yard. Going to put in a raised garden at some point.
I love my hot water on demand, no more lifting heavy kettles.
I quite like those grippy things to make opening things easier. Its just a soft rubber circle thing i got at a chronic pain self management class. But it helps, I'd never get the blades or lids off my magic bullet cups without it.
We modified the kitchen in the old house (and it was a requirement for this newer one) to have only drawers on the bottom cupboards. The only one that isnt a drawer is under the sink. It's an expensive change but totally worth it. I had to redo the old kitchen but most modern(ish) cupboards can have drawers put in instead of shelves.

Mar 06, 2016 12:33 PM

When we built our house we had handicap access in the doors, the kitchen has an island with wheelchair room all around. Our bath is. A double sized shower with a seat & bars as I can no longer use the tub. I have a cane & a combo cane/seat that I keep in my car. I use all kinds of helper to get lids off, outside I have a light weight four wheeled cart to pull weeds which I do use, although I Feel really bad for 2 days afterward. There is a price to be paid for everything I do. It is truly a blessing that I can still walk & accomplish what I do.

Mar 06, 2016 1:49 PM

I use a number of adaptive equipment for writing,picking things up, well everything because I'm a Quad, but this is one of my favourite go to shops on Etsy, it's adaptive products for use with iPads/phones, any tablet and for holding pens too, and his prices are reasonable. Most places(Not All) I come across the prices are ridiculous because it's for 'disabled' or its 'adaptive', this guy isn't out to rob you. His shop is called Shapedad see link below

Mar 08, 2016 12:19 PM

I got a couple of those picky-uppy grabbers on Amazon when bending became painful. Helpful when my hands spasm and I drop my socks!
I got an automatic can opener instead of the bigger machine that I could never get to work. This one sits on the can and goes around it, works great!
Hubby is a huge help, don't know how I could manage without him!
Cane, TENS, sleep braces, cpap, fitbit, moleskin to pad everything.

Mar 09, 2016 2:34 AM

JAHMAC, thanks for the website. I will check into it. Princess what is a moleskin? I have a automatic jar opener too. I needed to check into a grabber... And a husband! Do they cost much?? LOL!

Mar 09, 2016 6:17 AM

Just reading this, a great help about the grabber and the lid opener. I got a modern looking perching stool from amazon which my son set up for me, the angle is perfect for me. Crutches with chunkier handle rests are more comfy than a cane for me too.

Mar 09, 2016 4:44 PM

MySisterskeeper, I've found the husband to be the most expensive of all assistive devices. Especially if they are over six feet tall. LOL The food alone, oh my goodness... LOL But then again he is the best assistive device I have. :)

Mar 09, 2016 4:55 PM

My sisters, moleskin in a type of padding for pressure areas(corns, calluses, blisters). I know this is designed for younger individuals with special needs but the link is abilitations.com. I think I might have seen some assistive devices.

Mar 09, 2016 5:07 PM

Perhaps check with an occupational therapist in your area. I just had an appointment with mine today. I could no longer knit. She told me about compression gloves with open fingertips. She also custom made a rigid brace for my thumb for only $20. But, they're well worth a visit because you tell them what you're having trouble with, and they find a fix...They can tell you how to redesign your laundry room so that your not stooping over casing back pain. They can tell you what height shelf to put your everyday items at in the kitchen to avoid shoulder pain...you give them a problem, they help you fix it or make adjustments for it.

Mar 09, 2016 5:27 PM

Came, walker, shower chair, reach tool, and scooter in stores when available.

Mar 12, 2016 5:09 AM

Wow, so many things used and some I've not heard of before. The moleskin sounds a good idea.
I use plug pulls, a pill sorter (does up to a month at a time), several types of glove. The ones in use right now have gel padding across the palm and down over the wrist. Great for crutch use. The thermo compression gloves are also good and can be worn with these.
I have a wet room and the walkin shower is equipped with a decent padded seat which can be flat out of the way for my able bodied offspring. Toilet raiser, grip handles, easy turn taps, over bed table, wheeled walker downstairs, crutches (only one indoors or the walker), scooter or wheelchair, footstool, kitchen gadgets such as can opener, a board that holds fruit or veg still for you, a grabber for my kitchen cupboards as they're not well placed for me. Easy slippers that encompass foot and ankle, long handled hairbrush. Waiting on funds to get an adjustable thing for my bed so I'm not sleeping flat, which I do despite pillows. Also waiting on an over chair table for the living room so I'm not constantly reaching and bending for things.
I also use silk sheets. I've found these invaluable since I can't bear the weight of heavy duvets or blankets. Proper silk holds your temp well and a light bedspread gives a touch of extra warmth. It's gotten me through this winter with no heating on in my room.
Now I just need something I can use to keep my chest at optimum temp without the weight of scarves or jumpers etc.

Mar 12, 2016 8:25 AM

I will use a cane when I'm out and need to walk long distances and I use it more for balance than for pain. My shoulders and wrists are so bad that I can't lean on the cane so I can't really get any pressure off of the knee(s). If I'm in a store shopping, I can use the shopping cart to walk around but if my pain gets overwhelming then I'll get really hot, start to sweat and get dizzy and fuzzy like I'm going to pass out. Some of the stores don't have carts so it's not an option. Just gotta take breaks and do the best I can.

Jul 08, 2016 11:41 AM

I just ordered a "LEVO G2 Essential Tablet Floor Stand" from Amazon. I'm hoping this will help me be able to use my tablet when I'm recuperating from cervical fusion next month. I looked at some cheaper models but they didn't seem to be able to be in specific positions that I remember needing, from previous surgeries. And it's usable for the bed or chair, as well as having good reviews from people with OA & neck issues. I hope it really helps because I don't want to not be able to use my tablet. Now if I can teach my tablet & myself how to operate from my vocal instructions. I have a Nexus 7 tablet...any suggestions? πŸ™‚πŸ’•πŸ™πŸŒΌ

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