Tips for Daily Living Library - Daily Activities

Updated:Nov 15,2016

Daily Activities

Family is Everything By Caregiver Karen Wiedmann

Family is everything! Our grandson is the person my husband looks forward to everyday. The card games, board games they play are so beneficial for both of them!!

Supporting My Dad By Easton Snouffer

My dad had a stroke around 4-5 months ago and has made amazing progress since. Early in recovery we relied on constant motivation and doing most things for him. He's since regained movement and most stability. When we walk around with him we have to take breaks so that his legs don't get too tired. When we go up hills or stairs my brother and I walk in front and behind him so he can grab on for stability and in case he loses balance we can catch him. Before he made progress we had to grab things for him and help him roll in bed. After months of keeping him moving and doing therapy exercises at home he has made what I would consider to be a full recovery. Don't give up and keep motivating the loved one that had the stroke. Support means more than some realize. 

Healthy Cooking Tips By Caregiver, Susan Taylor
When making meals, make extra so you can freeze it or use it as a meal the next day.  When creating your meals, have a scale, calculator and a book with basic nutrition information for foods nearby.  This will allow you to keep track of and tabulate sodium content as well as other nutritional information as you go.
Be Patient By Caregiver, Michael Sill

As a caregiver I have seen the effects of a loved one who has had a stroke. Its a big change in his life. The things he used to do are harder, and all you can do is be there, help them, and be patient with them. It's frustrating to have had a stroke. I am not just speaking about caring for a stroke survivor but also having one. Thank you.

Medication Management By Stroke Survivor, Heather Seymour

With memory being the greatest challenge for me, remembering my medications was a serious problem. Did I take them? Did I take them twice by mistake? A laid out pillbox was necessary, but also multiple alarm clocks, since I took medication several times a day. Here's my trick...when the alarm ring and it is time to take your meds, let it keep ringing until you have actually swallowed your pills. Therefore you can't get distracted and forget to take them or put them down as you go to get water or get distracted by the phone. The ringing alarm insists you swallow those pills on time.

Bathing Tips By Caregiver, Micah Lee

To help with bathing, we use a bath mitt (glove washcloth). It can be slipped on the affected hand, then you can wash the unaffected arm. Doing this has given my daughter much needed independence in the shower. She is hemipalegic, able to lift & move her arm, but little to no use of her hand. The wash mitts can be found in the baby aisles at stores. Hope this is helpful for other people.

Noise Cancelling Tips By Stroke Survivor, Kim Caton

I have found active noise cancelling headphones to be an effective answer to noise, outside stimulation, etc. I have suffered many panic/anxiety attacks since my stroke when overloaded with too much going on around me...wish I would have had these in the hospital!

 Shower Tips By Stroke Survivor, Nancy Kerr

After taking a shower, I am not able to fully dry my entire body. So I turn on the hair blow dryer and wave it back & forth on low until I think my back is dry, checking in the mirror. I can feel hot and cold, constantly moving the blow dryer, not holding it in one spot helps to reach the goal of being dry without getting burned. Putting dry clothes on a dry body is an accomplishment and one more step to independence.

Relaxation Tips By Stroke Survivor, Joe Hayes

Go on a brisk 20-minute walk in the sun, go home and pour a glass of wine, order a pizza with lite cheese and let the experts deliver to you. 

 Eating Tips By Caregiver, Doreen Lance

Buying special utensils for the stroke survivor are a huge help. I found a whole set online. These special utensils allow the survivor to eat on their own while regaining mobility in the affected hand.

Kitchen Tips By Stroke Survivor, George Fassett, Sr.

Stroke Survivor's WhiteboardI 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!"

Measuring Cup for CoffeeTo 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

                           I was struggling with buttoning the top button and the collar buttons on my dress shirts when I was looking in the mirror even though I did not have any residual effects from the stroke in using my hands. A cardiologist suggested that I try closing my eyes and do it.

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

John Moses SuspendersI 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!

Eating Tips By Stroke Survivor, Christina Goodermote

When I had my stroke, it was in the motor skills part of my brain. I had difficulty feeding myself and certain foods gave me the most trouble. Peas- it's hard enough trying threat peas with a fork even before having brain damage, so there was no way I was getting those little things on my fork with no hand strength and the inability to barely lift the fork to my mouth. So, I used a spoon and was able to end up with more peas eaten than what had fallen off! Victory! With that, I basically regained most of my independent eating ability by using a spoon to eat most of my foods and 9 years later, I'm still using a spoon to eat my peas!

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