- See Home Modifications for Stroke Survivors, which lists several articles to guide in assessing and implementing modifications.
- Grants for Home Modification: 16 Resources for Homeowners with Disabilities
- See Tips for Household Cleaning After Stroke.
- See the Barrier Free Architecturals site, which is a distributor of architectural products to improve the quality of life of the disabled.
- Make phones available and accessible, with large numbers.
- Many task around the home are easier with a universal cuff
- Doorways should be at least 36 inches if you use a wheelchair.
- Replacing a round doorknob with lever-handled unit will let all users open the doors easily.
The Accessible Home Improvement of America has the following general suggestion for improving your kitchen:
- Maneuvering space at doors: If in-swinging door obstructs a bathroom or kitchen fixture, use offset hinges, swing door out, hinge door on opposite jamb or widen doorway
- Increase the number of electrical outlets for additional lighting and reachable appliances and alarm indicators
- Clear floor space in kitchen with a minimum 60-inch turning circle
- Lever style or adaptable handled faucets
- Handles, not knobs, on cabinets and drawers
- Adaptable cabinets to reveal knee space or lowered to a manageable height
- Read this good article from StrokeConnection magazine about kitchen makeovers.
- The Disabled World site has several kitchen gadgets for those with diminished hand function.
- The One Hand Can site has a video about the essential tools of the one-handed kitchen.
- Many types of adaptive eating utensils and devices are available (for example, see the EasierLiving.com site).
Consider these items:
- many items from Sammons Preston
- toilet handles from Amazon (from Amazon)
- portable urinal (from Amazon)
- call button / bell (for emergency)
- one-handed flosser
- long-handled sponges
- a raised toilet seat
- a 3-in-1 toilet chair
- slippers for the shower
- flip-top toothpaste tubes instead of screw-tops
- grab bars at Home Depot (don't rely on towel racks!)
- a tub/shower bench (from Amazon)
- a hand-held shower head
- a easily-read shower control, ideally with hot/cold color-coded
- Velcro shoes (Zappos.com has a large selection)
- turn your lace-up shoes into slip-ons (with Tylastic shoe laces)
- learn to tie shoes with one hand:
- a button hook
- a zipper pull comes in handy too
- a general reacher can be useful when dressing
- a long-handled shoe horn
- a sock aid (see below on how to use them)
How to use a sock aid: