Life hacks are things that a person comes across that has the potential of making their life a little easier. Tiffiny Carlson, a quadriplegic and writer for SpinalCord.com, shares five life hacks for those newly injured with an SCI.
There are many ways to adapt lamps, however, Tiffiny says touch lamps just make it that much easier for those with spinal cord injuries, especially those with limited hand function. She writes, “You can put loops on lamp pulls using a piece of string, but a touch lamp is easier to use when you have limited mobility or dexterity and is much more aesthetically pleasing — if you can find one in your decor choice, that is.”
According to Tiffiny, safety pins are a life-changing disability hack. Safety pins can be used to attach your shirt to your pants. This will prevent your shirt from riding up your back throughout the day. Large quilting pins work best, and it is recommended to move your armrests up while someone else secures the safety pins to ensure they are low enough where they are not visible.
Lighting a candle for quadriplegics may be difficult. One life hack is to use incense candles. Tiffiny states, “Light the end of an incense stick and while there's still a flame, use that to light your candle.” Remember to be careful! Have a cup of water nearby to put the incense stick in after using it.
Tiffiny has found that a cutter bowl is an easy life hack for preparing a salad independently. “This ingenious bowl has a top with a slicer that chops your vegetables as you shake the bowl,” she says.
A plastic bag can be extremely useful for a person with a disability. For instance, a plastic bag can be used for a joystick cover on your wheelchair when it rains. You can also put your refrigerator items in plastic bags which may make it easier to take the items in/out of the fridge. “Many quadriplegics will keep all of their items in plastic bags in the fridge so all they have to do is put their hand into the handle and they can easily access whatever they want or need,” Tiffiny says. This may require assistance setting up. The inside of your fridge may not be appealing to the eye, but you will be able to access things independently.
Tiffiny encourages her readers to not be afraid to try these things out on their own. She suggests getting help from an occupational therapist to find a technique that works for you. Check out the original post for some great resources.
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