If you are caring for your disabled father or husband, you know how important it is to enable him to be as independent as possible on a daily basis. Often the most difficult part of the day is the morning routine: using the toilet, taking a shower or bath, and getting dressed. Many men with limitations can do a lot for themselves but have to give up and ask for help in certain tricky situations in the morning. Tasks that involve bending over or reaching around are difficult for those with limited range of motion. There are many hard-to-reach areas on the human body, like the foot, back and shoulders. This Father’s Day, consider getting the man of your family some adaptive tools that will allow him to be more independent.
Reaching in the bathroom
Cleaning after using the toilet can be near impossible for men with limited range of motion in the arms. For this pesky situation, consider toilet paper tongs, like the Comfort Wipe. The Comfort Wipe features an ergonomic handle and soft grips to hold toilet paper or pre-moistened wipes securely.
However, if you really want to impress your father on Father’s Day, you could get him the luxurious Round Brondell Swash 1000, a toilet bidet that offers a hands-free bathroom experience. The Round Brondell Swash 1000 uses two oscillating cleansing wands with adjustable water pressure and temperature to clean thoroughly. It is ideal for people with limited range of motion or strength loss or anyone who would prefer an alternative to plain old toilet paper. Step squarely into the twenty-first century!
Then there is the ordeal of taking a shower. One area almost everyone has trouble reaching is the back and shoulders, and these areas are even more troublesome for those with limited range of motion. The Body Care Long Handle Back Scrubber will go a long way toward cleansing the back and shoulders more effectively. It is lightweight with a nylon wash cloth that will not absorb water and get heavy. Another great shower reacher is the Under-Toe Washer, which is perfect for washing feet and toes without having to bend over.
Taking a traditional shower can be difficult for people using a shower chair or who otherwise cannot move around easily in the shower. It is important to rinse all those heard-to-reach places, which can be accomplished with the Hand-Held Portable Shower. This shower handle can be attached to most tub spouts and is ideal for traveling.
Pulling on clothes and zippers made easy
If your father has trouble reaching in the restroom, he probably experiences similar issues while dressing. Clothes can be particularly tedious for those with a limited range of motion, especially when trying to pull shirts and coats over the shoulders and use zippers. The man of your family will be impressed with an Economy Hip Kit. This is a package of several handy tools and offers a truly all-in-one combination to combat all those hard-to-reach dressing situations. Depending on which package you choose, the Economy Hip Kit features a dressing stick that has a rubber end for pulling shirts and jackets over shoulders and a metal hook for pulling up zippers. The sock aid and the long-handled shoehorn will allow your father to slip on his socks and shoes without bending over.
Let your father or husband rely less on caregivers with these tools that will allow him to reach every nook and cranny while getting ready in the morning or before bed.