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What are some of the interesting hacks you created?

garrisonredd Moderator Posts: 162 Moderator
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Please share with us some of your more interesting life hacks


  • Rutha
    Rutha Member Posts: 6
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    Hi everyone! I have a few inexpensive, but useful, hacks to share that help with dexterity and reaching issues.  

     I use zippered padded wrist sweatbands to carry very small items during the day (added a D ring to the zipper) and the padding inside protects  the items if I drop them.  The bands can be worn or pulled over a wheelchair part or even tossed into a wheelchair bag/net.    I also use wall hooks for larger things I need to get during the day so I can get them as I roll by which saves me time looking around for things or stuff accidentally being put out of my reach -headphones, bags, coats, reachers, for example.  I can grab things with my arms if they're at the right height and don't drop them, unlike trying to pull at stuff with fingers that don't work.  In my bathroom I hung a wicker basket (with a handle) off a soap dish holder and put some items in that which my caregivers and I need easy access to.  Since we had to remove the bathroom sink so my wheelchair fits, I keep disposable body washcloths in there.  

     In my kitchen I have a revolving snack center (two tiered) that I leave items on for when caregivers aren't around - this makes for easy to get food. I also have a two tiered lazy Susan in the corner of my kitchen which makes it much easier to get at stuff than cabinets and holds a lot of things.  

    hoping to find out what everyone else's hacks are :) 

    WAGSofSCI Moderator Posts: 379 Moderator
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    Top Life hacks - things I have learned over the years when dealing with a partner who has a high C level injury:

    - be aware of your emotions. Practice journalling, mediation and self awareness. These are the only things that will help you to be accountable to your own feelings and moods.
    - take time for self care. No matter what your situation, the mind and body NEEDS time spent to rejuvenate and clear itself to help you live your best life. Prioritize self care for at least 10 mins per day to ensure that you are giving your mind and body time to relax. Whatever that means to you, make it a "no cancellation" appointment with yourself and follow through no matter how exhausted you are.
    - spend time with ONLY people who make you feel good. No matter what. Say NO when you need to for your own mental health
    - remind yourself every day that your ONLY job in life is to be present, and be as close to mental peace as you can. I know this is easier said than done, but working toward your own mental and emotional goals - however small - is all you can really do in life.

    - Brooke (WAGS of SCI)
    Your WAGS of SCI
    (Elena and Brooke)
  • BrookeU
    BrookeU Moderator Posts: 175 Moderator
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    My brother attached key rings to his boot zippers so he can get them on easily and by himself! For reference on his hand function, his level is C6/C7. If anyone needs help visualizing this, I can ask him for a picture and share it here.
  • SpearJanis
    SpearJanis Member Posts: 14
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    We have a few.  Colin likes to go outside and feed the animals (bunnies included) as well as being able to fill up their water container.  I used Pratley Frogz Eggs (plastic which you melt with boiling water and can shape) to extend the handle of the tap so he can use it.
    Here is a link for that:
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    https://youtu.be/VLSttb1VjOE to see it working

    We have also written a blog post (here: http://www.particularcreations.com/inspiration/accessibility-tweaks/) but these are the highlights:

    We attached a cord to the Swing-away-arm so Colin can put it back whenever he wants:
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    Hospital bed control which I attach across him so he can always reach the control (It used to always fall off and he couldn't find it):
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    Colin posted a video on Facebook some time ago on how he uses his bed control: https://youtu.be/ph5sbSmsRJ8

    Camelbak drink backpack
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    While Colin was still in rehab, one of the other patients there mentioned a camelbak as a potential idea. One of the things Colin was not very at yet was asking the nurses to help him get a drink of water. The camelbak changed that. The brand name product was quite expensive, but I found a no-name brand one that was less than a quarter of the price, and actually held more. It quickly became a big hit, and it allows Colin to have a sip any time he wants.

    Webcam for facial mouse
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    One of the things that Colin is trying is a facial mouse to operate his computer. It also has a microphone on it so he can use his voice software. He has not found a really good one yet, and the search continues.

    Gate beeper
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    Now that Colin is able to go for walks and use the little gate, he wants to be able to go out the main gate down to the shops. Even just 2 months ago, he was not able to press buttons with much strength or accuracy, but now he is able to press the gate remote button which we have stuck onto his wheel chair.

    trackball mouse
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    One of the first things we got for Colin in order to use his computer was a trackball mouse. This has been a huge hit.

    Tablet stylus
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    Even before the trackball mouse, we figured out a way to put the stylus in Colin’s splint so he could use his tablet. In this picture, you can see that although this splint is made especially for pens and writing, it does not support the conductive stylus so he sticks it under the splint so he can use it.

    Straw peg and band
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    Colin needs to drink with a straw. We have a super long one from a local restaurant (the one we visited on one of his very first home weekends) which we have clamped with a peg and elastic band onto his glass. This way he can drink anytime, on his own, and the straw doesn’t move.

    Hope these can give you all some ideas.  I love it when we share because I am always learning.

    Have a lovely day everyone :)

  • AskNurseLinda
    AskNurseLinda Moderator, Information Specialist Posts: 165 Information Specialist
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    I love a great hack. Keep posting your ideas. It helps everyone. Nurse Linda

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