Ten tips and hints

These are a list of ten things I have found make life easier when you are mobility limited:

1/ Litter picker/grab sticks. I can’t over state how useful I find these. Do look for ones that have a decent grip. They are still limited by two things, your strength, and the weight of what you can pick up. But they are great to get smaller things that are out of your reach. However much it may sound fun, it’s no fun having to keep asking people to fetch everything for you. If you can grab what is just out of reach, that is really great. I have a piece of string on the top of mine so it can hook onto another thing I have lots of, hooks.

One example, this one folds:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B083QY1LXP/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

2/ Hooks, I have several Velcro strapped hooks around my bed and on the wheelchair. As mentioned in the 1st point, a litter picker is on one.  There are so many available. I have only shown one.

3/ Panniers, I have several of these, all different types. Two on my bed and two on the wheelchair. They hold medicine, remotes, snacks, papers, magazines, pens etc.

4/ Sleep headphones, these are a soft headband with built in headphones. I can lie down and listen to music or watch films. Mine are wireless ones, they last a few hours per charge.

These are the ones I use:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B095NRZGPB/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

5/ Multi USB charger unit, this is most useful in nursing homes, but also good at home. As I have a lot of technology it enables me to charge many USB and Apple devices at the same time, from one 3 pin UK plug. They have different outputs.

The one I have no longer exists. Here is one of many now available:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Charger-IWAVION-Charging-Adapter-Samsung-White/dp/B08F7RFV39/ref=sr_1_2_sspa?crid=2AER9JZ0D9UIQ&keywords=multi+usb+charger&qid=1661403113&sprefix=multi+usb%2Caps%2C61&sr=8-2-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUEzSDlERks3VzE0WklEJmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwNDY5ODY0MVhFR0U0QjhVNFowViZlbmNyeXB0ZWRBZElkPUExMDMxMjQ2MkNVWlE1QU9QSDA0MiZ3aWRnZXROYW1lPXNwX2F0ZiZhY3Rpb249Y2xpY2tSZWRpcmVjdCZkb05vdExvZ0NsaWNrPXRydWU=

6/ A computer tablet stand, I have a heavy based, goose necked stand and it is so useful. I can easily view or operate my tablet without having to hold it or balance it on my knee. But there are many variants. Ones that attach to the bed or that sit across your knee.

This looks the nearest to the one I have (no longer available):
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08S791TMP/ref=sspa_dk_detail_2?ie=UTF8&psc=1&pd_rd_i=&pd_rd_i=B08S791TMPp13NParams&s=computers&sp_csd=d2lkZ2V0TmFtZT1zcF9kZXRhaWw

7/ Water bottle holders, I have had to try several of these to find the one that works on my wheelchair as every chair is different.

Mine is similar to this:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/AOBETAK-Rotation-Bicycles-Mountain-Wheelchair/dp/B07F32NWZ9/ref=sr_1_9?crid=2RJE9YB8RH6ND&keywords=bottle+holder+bike&qid=1661403419&sprefix=bottle+holder%2Caps%2C61&sr=8-9

8/ A Trabasac tray. The reason being that it doubles as a bag. Plus, it has a variety of clips so that it can attach to my wheelchair. I find my lap is not level, except when my chair is reclined. So, the tray is only secure when clipped. The edges of the tray are raised so that things stay on it.

This is the Trabasac Curve. But there are a variety of sizes/types. Look at them all if you are interested:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Trabasack-Curve-Wheelchair-Inclusive-Universal/dp/B00BAQXNCK/ref=d_pd_sbs_sccl_2_1/257-6152039-0943466?pd_rd_w=7jAcj&content-id=amzn1.sym.7207abe0-2196-4238-95e4-697dc8e1fcc1&pf_rd_p=7207abe0-2196-4238-95e4-697dc8e1fcc1&pf_rd_r=6R47J47PPKGJKRB87A9S&pd_rd_wg=AOUG6&pd_rd_r=38f65032-b80d-449b-947b-27c85adaab3c&pd_rd_i=B00BAQXNCK&psc=1

9/ A metal urine bottle hanger. I am in my profiling bed a lot. So I need urine bottles to hand. Having them safe and secure on a hanger is brilliant.

This is the one I use:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/URINE-BOTTLE-HOLDER-Urinal-carrier/dp/B01CR5CCNI/ref=sr_1_57?crid=5WB9SSB6IMP6&keywords=urine+bottle+hanger&qid=1661403742&sprefix=urine+bottle+hanger%2Caps%2C59&sr=8-57

10/ Regarding urine bottles. When I need to go out in my wheelchair, I find urine bottles difficult to use. So, I use Conveens. See my separate blog about these: ‘Not so public convenience.’ On my site https://howcaring.home.blog/ I’m sorry there doesn’t seem to be a female equivalent.

These are Conveens. they are prescribed by your GP.
https://products.coloplast.co.uk/coloplast/continence-care/conveen/conveen-optima/conveen-optima-sheath-standard-length/

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Author: Mike Nevin

I decided to write about the funny side of being cared for. I am a full time wheelchair user with daily carers. It's my experiences with my carers that inspired this blog.

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