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Around the house

A few simple processes and assistive products go a long way towards keeping your home clean and tidy. You can see some suggestions to help you around your home below.

Questions to consider:

  • Are your cleaning products kept together and easily accessible?
  • Are your extension cords in good working order? Do you make sure not to run them across rooms, doorways and corridors?
  • Do your rugs create a trip hazard? Can you stick them to the floor? Do they have non-slip backing to stop them moving around?
  • Can you reach things high up, low down or on the floor? Do you stand on furniture or kneel on the floor to reach things? Can you use tools or equipment with long handles?
  • Do you know how to adjust your chair, desk and work space to prevent pain in your back, neck, wrists and arms?

Plan

When you plan a task, you can reduce extra steps and wasted energy. Try dividing your task into manageable chunks throughout the week rather than trying to tackle it all in one day. 

Prepare

Store all your cleaning products together in a light, accessible basket with a handle. Try using a trolley to wheel things around rather than carrying items long distances and organise workspaces so they’re easy to access and ready to use.

Pace

Alternate between doing light tasks and more energetic activities. Try incorporating both work and rest into all your tasks, as even short breaks of five minutes increase your overall endurance. 

Posture

Support your body to avoid pain and soreness from poor posture. You can practice maintaining head, shoulder and hip alignment while standing and avoid awkward bending or reaching during activities. Changing position every 15 minutes, kneeling rather than bending and setting up your chair, desk and seated position correctly will also reduce pain and stiffness.

Simple solutions

 

Cleaning floors

Try using a dust pan and brush with long handles to avoid bending. A light vacuum with a longer handle can help you keep on top of daily dust and dirt between monthly deep cleans with less effort. A long-handled steam mop eliminates the need for a heavy mop and bucket too.

Cleaning the bathroom

Try a non-scrub spray cleaner and soft-grip squeegee after showering to wipe away soap scum. A scrubbing brush with a long handle reduces the need to bend to reach awkward spots. Keeping a spray cleaner and long-handled brush near the toilet makes cleaning easy.

Dusting

Static long handle dusters make reaching tough spots easy or try using a damp microfiber cloth as this collects more dust. You can repurpose old socks by placing a clean damp sock over your hand. To remove pet hair, put a damp rubber glove on one hand and run it over your furniture.

Picking things up off the floor

A lightweight reacher with a long handle helps you grab things off the floor or from up high. Try using a kneeling frame to give you extra support and comfort when kneeling down. You could also install a remote control power board so you don't need to bend down to turn appliances on and off.

Using a phone

There are now a wide range of telephones with large numbers and volume booster controls. If you’re still struggling to see the handset, try using a magnifying glass with a built-in light to help you see. 

Using a mobile

Consider mobile features such as the size of the screen, the operating system and accessibility features. Programs like ‘Siri’ on iPhone and ‘Hey Google’ on Android can be used instead of dialing phone numbers. Save the name of each person in your phone contacts so the program can find them.

Using a computer or tablet

Setting up your computer or tablet so that it’s accessible means you’ll be able to use it more often with less effort. Try setting up a desk lamp to provide brighter lighting but make sure the light is positioned below eye level to reduce glare. Check if your computer can support a bigger screen so you can read it easily. 

Choosing a computer platform

Both Microsoft and Apple platforms offer a range of built-in screen enhancement features. These include high contrast colour schemes, larger standard font and improved visibility of the mouse pointer. There are separate keyboards for laptops that have extra-large keys, as well as keyboard stickers that improve contrast.

Assistive products for around the house

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