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Every person has the right to drive, so if being short is holding you back, you might be interested in pedal extenders - rather than buying a specially-equipped car! Choices are available for several different makes of vehicles including forklifts - you can even order extenders to help you reach the pedals of your piano.
For memory difficulties such as Alzheimers have a package of stick-on name tags handy for visitors and caregivers to wear. The patient can then know who is talking to them. If you make it a routine, it may save embarrassment and confusion for both patient and visitor.
If you are a caregiver for a person with disabilities, buy a wireless doorbell from any hardware or home improvement store to use as a call bell. They are completely portable and you can place both the button and the bell in any spot in the house. It will allow both you and your patient a little privacy and still make you available. They start at about $6.00 and are worth their weight in gold.
If you have a child who has a hard time in the tub because they are unable to sit, you can line your tub with egg crates or some other type of non-slip foam. This will help your child from slipping in the tub and it will give them a more comfortable time in the bathtub.
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Cabins: Probably one of the most important factors in determining which cruise ship you select will be your cabin requirements. Most cruise ships today have a number of "handicapped accessible" cabins designed specifically to meet the needs of people who use wheelchairs or need help moving about.
Getting Around: Another important consideration when selecting a ship is how well you will be able to get around. If you use a wheelchair, you need to know what type of obstacles you might encounter and what you can do to overcome them.
For persons with memory difficulty it may be helpful to create a "face board" with pictures of caregivers or other important people and their names underneath. You might also put a brief explanation such as "one of your nurses who works the day shift". Put the board in an area where the person can see it readily and refer to it.
When you dial 9-1-1, tap the space bar to indicate a TDD call.
Store a writing pad and pencils to communicate with others.
Keep a flashlight handy to signal your whereabouts to other people and for illumination to aid in communication.
Remind friends that you cannot completely hear warnings or emergency instructions. Ask them to be your source of emergency information as it comes over the radio. Another option is to use a NOAA Weather Radio with a tone-alert feature connected to lights. When a watch or warning is issued for your area, the light would alert you to potential danger.
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There are many clever ways you can adapt your clothing so it is easier and more convenient to get on and off:
Sew cuff buttons on with elastic thread; keep them buttoned all the time and simply slide your hand through.
Remove buttons from the cuff or front of a blouse or shirt, and sew the button to the closed buttonhole borders. Sew Velcro on the two sides and press to close.
Attach a ring or loop to the zipper tab so it's easier to catch with fingers or a dressing aid.
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Modify clothing you like for convenience
1.) When you feel a sad or empty feeling that never seems to go away.
2.) Things that had once made you happy have now lost there joy.
3.) You can't sleep or you are sleeping too much.
4.) You cannot concentrate or are having trouble making decissions.
5.) You are experiencing crying spells.
6.) You are thinking of suicide.
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My son is in need of special equipment that would have been very difficult to travel with. He needs oxygen and pump feeding equipment. This would have taken up so much room in our van that there would have been room for nothing else.
What we did was to call the people who supplied us with these things at home. They then contacted their affiliates in the area that we were traveling to. When we arrived at our destination, everything we needed was waiting for us.
This makes things so much easier. We just took what we needed to get from our home to our destination, and everything else was taken care of for us.
We again made one simple phone call when we were ready to leave and the affiliate company gave us enough equipment to get home and picked up the rest.
Make a routine out of your sleep/wake cycle. Cut out those afternoon naps. This will make regulating your sleep cycle much easier for you. It will also help you to get more done which will boost your self esteem. Do Not permit your schedule to become too overwhelming.
No one can be in three places at one time!