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Gadgets & What Nots!

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Gadgets & What Nots!

Postby AngelBear » Fri Feb 26, 2010 3:54 pm

Do any of you have gadgets, adaptions and "what nots" around your home to help you live a more "normal" life?
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Re: Gadgets & What Nots!

Postby velvet » Fri Feb 26, 2010 4:17 pm

i have a what-not adaption called a man - doesnt work very well though :tongueout:
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Re: Gadgets & What Nots!

Postby LinzWorld » Fri Feb 26, 2010 4:47 pm

Yep, I still have a few. :)

Bathboard (good for propping books on even if you don't need it to transfer! :lol: )
Jar/bottle opener
Long handled dustpan
Bar stools in kitchen (not really an adaptation, but very useful for when I'm tired)
Sccoba floor washer (not a usual "adaptation/aid" but it should count as it washes the floors for me and saves a huge amount of my energy - we're looking to get a Roomba vacuum cleaner as well)
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Re: Gadgets & What Nots!

Postby velvet » Fri Feb 26, 2010 6:09 pm

i have a long handled dust pan and a bath board - didnt think of the first as an adaption and forgot the second one lol :roll:
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Re: Gadgets & What Nots!

Postby fairy dust » Fri Feb 26, 2010 7:11 pm

ive had some adaptations done by OT i have a shower chair and grab rail in the shower,i have a raised toilet seat with handles, i also have hand rails all the way up the stairs, and i ghave a commode in my bedroom as our bathroom is down stairs, for anything else i need i just use my hubby :lol: :grouphug:
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Re: Gadgets & What Nots!

Postby RowanWolf » Fri Feb 26, 2010 8:17 pm

I have a long grab rail up the stairs, a grab rail in the shower, those long grabbers for picking things up, a folding stool for the kitchen and bathroom, an electric armchair, some small gadgets in the kitchen, for example to make it easier to open cans and tins, a crutch and a walking stick and an electric heatpad. Have a wheelchair in the garage in case I'm out for a day..oh and a raised toilet seat.
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Re: Gadgets & What Nots!

Postby velvet » Fri Feb 26, 2010 9:09 pm

i have been in my friends grans house and she had one of the raised toilet seats and i thought wow this is so much easier and less painful - but havent got the guts to get one for myself :oops: i cant deal with explaining it to my OH and visitors :oops:
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Re: Gadgets & What Nots!

Postby shazq » Fri Feb 26, 2010 9:21 pm

I have had some adaptations done by OT as well ie:- walk in shower and seat, crab rails and loo fitted downstairs.
Rails both sides of wall going up stairs, crab rails in up stairs bathroom.
Steps to make it easier to get out my back door. Jar/tin easy openers.

We bought a reclining sofas. Had to put the phone on the table beside the sofa for easy reach.
Have a 8 in 1 remote so not lots of tv buttons laying around. Ceiling light has a fan fitted, its great in the summer.
Clip on fans for the bedroom.

Have a walking stick to help me stay on my feet. Cant think of anymore at mo but i am sure i have more Gadgets :roll:
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Re: Gadgets & What Nots!

Postby KateXXXXXX » Fri Feb 26, 2010 9:46 pm

Electric can opener!

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Giant Mutant Ninja Teenaged son.

Long Ikea shoe horn with a hook handle: great for reaching things I drop and out of high cupboards as well as putting shoes on.

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Re: Gadgets & What Nots!

Postby RowanWolf » Fri Feb 26, 2010 11:20 pm

How did you get an walk in shower with seat from your OT? Mine said they didn't go that far.
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Re: Gadgets & What Nots!

Postby fairy dust » Sat Feb 27, 2010 9:41 am

please bear with me - my brain works fine its the body that lets me down !
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Re: Gadgets & What Nots!

Postby LinzWorld » Sat Feb 27, 2010 10:11 am

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Re: Gadgets & What Nots!

Postby shazq » Sat Feb 27, 2010 11:17 am

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Re: Gadgets & What Nots!

Postby nanatigtig » Sat Feb 27, 2010 11:34 am

this best gadget if you can call it that, is an idea my son had for opening jars,

you simply use the bottle opener on a butterfly can opener to relese the air lock of the jar, simply lever the lid you can hear the lid hiss or pop then twist as normal it works every time, no need for muscles or a man!

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Re: Gadgets & What Nots!

Postby AngelBear » Sat Feb 27, 2010 2:34 pm

I have a kettle tipper after pouring boiling water over my hand, a bottle/jar opener, a perching stool in the kitchen, an easy reacher. A step in the bathroom, as our shower is over the bath and I couldn't use it otherwise. A raised chair in the sitting room, and a swivel seat for the car. Plus walking sticks and the most recent addition is a wheelchair.
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