- See 15 Essential Home Modifications
- Home Modifications for Stroke Survivors
- Grants for Home Modification: 16 Resources for Homeowners with Disabilities
- How to Make Your Home Handicap Accessible
- See Tips for Household Cleaning After Stroke.
- See the Barrier Free Architectural 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.
Consider the following suggestions 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
The founder and director of Retreat & Refresh Stroke Camp, Marylee Nunley, made this video on her cell phone during the pandemic:
The items she demonstrated:
- Dycem $16-$28
- Kichwit Jar Opener $9.95
- RoboTwist Jar Opener $22-$24
- EZ Under cabinet jar opener $12-$15
- Single handed cutting boards $21-$70
- Rocker knives $12-$23
- Rotary Egg Whisk $5.00-$8.00
- Spill-Not Jar and Bottle Opener $35.00
- Buckingham Cool Hand $9-$15
- 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).
- A Kitchen Makeover
Consider these items:
- many items from Performance Health website
- 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 one-handed nail clipper
- a easily-read shower control, ideally with hot/cold color-coded
Bedrooms and Dressing
- Read this informative article: Clothing That Works for You
- Velcro shoes (Zappos.com has a large selection)
- turn your lace-up shoes into slip-ons (with Tylastic shoe laces or with HICKIES Tie-Free 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: