Tips & Tricks

Most daily tasks we face involve using our four limbs. This is always achievable because our homes and work areas has been designed by two-handed people for two-handed people. However, if you are unable to use all limbs, there are tips and tricks on how to approach a task to ensure it can be completed independently. You may like some of my ideas over others and some you can modify to suit your own individual needs.

 

Bed Sheets

Use fitted sheets. This way they stick to the corners.

Blue Tack

Can be used to hold nails in position before using the hammer. It can also be used for a

number of other holding operations e.g. paper, ruler.

 

Cartons

Try and use cartons that have the plastic insert in them rather than the type that you have to tear off; if not use scissors to cut the corner off.

 

Chopping

If you need to chop vegetables or other food, use a spike board. The vegetables are pushed onto the spikes which hold them in place to enable you to chop them up.

 

Cutlery

Cutlery which is designed to be a combined fork and knife is available and makes life a lot Easier.

 

getting Dressed (Top Half)

Always put your weaker arm in first and sure the clothing is pushed up past the elbow. Use clothes with buttons, press studs, elastic, or Velcro. Try avoid zips or keep them done up.

Drying yourself

It is easy and safe to sit down while drying yourself.

Dusting

Use pockets to store polish and dusters.

Duvet Cover

Lay a duvet cover out on the bed, but the duvet into one corner and secure on the outside with a peg or two. Put the duvet into the other corner and secure with a peg. Secure the duvet along the top of the cover with pegs. Shake the cover down and do up.

Earrings

Avoid using stud earrings, Use dangly earrings that just push through your ears or clip on types.

 

Eating Out

Order food that does not need to be cut up or ask kitchen staff in restaurants to cut up food for you prior to bringing it out.

 

Feet Hygiene

Use a bath brush or long handled sponge.

 

Gardening

Adapted tools are available.

Hair Hygiene

Squeeze the shampoo onto your dry hair while looking in the mirror before you get into the bath or shower. If you have problems with balance, wash your hair last as it reduces the slipperiness of the floor shower or bath.

Hair drying 

Use a hairdryer with a brush attached to it.

 

Hand bags

Use handbags with long straps which you can put across your body.

 

Hanging up clothes

Lay clothes out on your bed to make it easier to put coat hangers in.

 

Ironing

Only iron essentials items. A cordless iron will be easier to use. If you have problems with mobility it is easier to sit down and iron.

 

Jars

Open screw top jars put them between your legs whilst sitting down and unscrew.

 

Finger nails

Put an emery board on a non-slip matting and run your nails forwards and backwards on the board

non-slip mats. These are excellent for holding anything in place.

 

Oranges

Cut them into quarters instead of trying to peel them.

 

Pans

You can buy pan handle holder that stick to your cooker to stop the pan from spinning when stirring.

 

Shoes/Runners

Use shoes with Velcro fastenings or buckle fastening shoes. Elastic shoelaces can also be used.

Toothbrush

Lay the tooth brush down on a ledge and squeeze the paste onto the brush, use toothpaste with a flip top.

 

Watch

Use expander strap, pin on watch or a watch with an elasticated strap.

Vehicles

Can be adapted.