Tips For Daily Living
Daily Activities (continued)
Kitchen Tips By Stroke Survivor, George Fassett, Sr.
I had an old whiteboard hanging around, it was a smaller one. Took off the grandkids' artwork and set up a display in the computer room on an unused corkboard and found that the whiteboard fit vertically on the right side of the side-by-side. Bingo! Now a convenient place to jot down notes and groceries, and to practice my board-writing! (As you can see, writing is a big improvement but a long ways to go).
But, this overcomes some memory problems and for my wife's convenience (she ok'd it immediately! And for her to leave notes for me!) I just used double-stick tape to securely hold it on, but it can be removed fairly easily too. From our therapy class, "If you Think It, Ink It!"
To fill the coffee maker, I bought a cheap plastic pitcher and marked where a half pot and whole pot is on it and fill to one of those marks as appropriate. It is much easier to pour with my hand and much safer; keeps me from breaking the pot, handling the weight and sloshing, etc.; much, much safer.
Avoid an accident as much as possible before a dangerous one happens (and delaying coffee!!!).
Dressing Tips By Stroke Survivor, Howard Myers
Amazingly it works. Apparently either my brain was mixing up the visual signal I was getting back from the mirror so having my eyes closed stopped that, or my hands had retained the “muscle memory” to be able to do it without watching.
Reading Post-Stroke By Caregiver, Mary Bager-Haynes
Today we found help for my husband regarding reading. My husband lost all of his peripheral vision after his stroke. We went to Joanne’s Craft shop where we found an assortment of magnifying glasses with lights in different sizes. He is happy because this was really useful for him to read. They also have LED floor and table lamps that are helpful for reading.
Our next purchase will be a Sony CD player with earphones to use with audio books. Hope these tips help others who have lost most of their sight.
Tips for Tackling Post-Stroke Depression by Stroke Survivor, Brittany Reinhard
I am a young 23-year-old, mother and stroke survivor. Thank God, physically I recovered pretty well for the most part. Although I have a lot of depression that I suffer from. It makes me feel so much better to know that it is normal! When I get to feeling really down and out I try to think about the sunshine (even if it isn't out), a place that makes me happy (like a beach), and I listen to positive, happy music! It usually helps me for the most part! I hope that this will also help someone else out.
Dressing Tips By Stroke Survivor, John Moses
I have always valued both my appearance and my independence. I invest in nice clothes for business and coordinate my outfits every day. However, following my stroke in 2012, my independence was severely threatened. With one-side neglect, I knew I had to brainstorm innovative ways to independently get things done. For example, I’ve found that suspenders, also known as braces, are an easy, fashionable way to get my pants on and stay on. Without suspenders, it is nearly impossible to hold pants up while simultaneously fastening the button or clasp or zippering my pants.
Here are my tips for putting on suspenders:
1. You can get two types of suspenders – those with a clasp closure and those with a button closure. Button closures are typically more expensive ($60+) but I personally prefer the button closures since I think they look very sleek. Oftentimes, the clasp closure suspenders do unfasten.
2. You can purchase suspenders at most retail clothing stores, but I typically buy mine at Jos. A. Bank. They have a variety of nice options, and they are often on sale so I can buy them for less than retail price (around $15-20 when they are originally $60-75!).
3. Since I prefer button suspenders, I have to get buttons sewed into the inside of the waist of my pants in order to secure the suspenders.
4. If you or someone you know can sew, it is pretty easy to sew the buttons into the pants. If not, take your pants to your local tailor like I did. Mine have two buttons on each side of the front (4 total in the front) and then one in the back (2 total in the back).
5. If you do them yourself, the buttons need to be 3 ¼ inches apart. The back is easy, place one button on each side of the back seam 1 5/8 inches on each side of the seam. The sides require a bit more work. Measure the distance from the side seam to the front of the pants, then find the center and again, place one button on each side of the center spot 1 5/8 inches on either side of the center spot.
6. Once you have buttons in your pants, you can attach the suspenders to the buttons. Loosen all the way and adjust after putting on for the first time.
7. Put the pants on one leg at a time.
8. Pull the pants up past your feet so that you can stand up without standing on them and then all the way up to your waist.
9. With your “good” hand, take the loop of your suspenders and put it over your shoulder on your “bad” side.
10. Then using your “good” hand, pull the other loop onto your “good” side.
11. The pants should now be aligned closely enough so you can zipper and fasten the button of your pants.
12. The suspenders should be fitted to your size, so feel free to adjust the metal clasps to make them tighter or looser.
13. Get ready for a lot of compliments!