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If a member of your family is disabled, then here are some suggestions to make life easier for all.

Being disabled just sucks but what makes it more cumbersome is something just out of your reach.  As happens quite regularly, a visitor comes by to visit,  bringing with them a gift, a newspaper, a book which naturally they put down before they leave which is usually 10 inches out of my reach.

Suggestion:   Make a space within reach labeled Gifts for (Disabled Person)

The other frustrating thing is that every day tools are out of reach.

Suggestion: Use a shower bag to hold toothpaste, toothbrush, mouth wash, etc and attach to hospital bed with metal shower hooks.  Also a cup or basin would help with tooth brushing.

More later . . .

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Things to do today and in the next few weeks to keep your family and your neighbors safe in bad weather.

1. Check that you have smoke detectors with fresh batteries in your bedrooms.  If you needs to buy them use Amazon or your local hardware or even some larger pharmacies.

2.  Get a plug-in Carbon Monoxide detector.  Sometimes you can combine them.  I personally like to allow multiple failure points (it’s the QA person in me).

3.  If you are planning on staying in you home for more than 5 years have a whole house generator installed.  With mine, the power goes down and within minutes, generator boots on and power is back on.  When power comes back, power switches, generator switches off and we’re back on the grid.

Plans

You have to have plans if you have children, pets or special circumstances like disability.

if you are disabled but can get out of bed by yourself into wheel chair, keep the chair at the ready otherwise keep the lift plugged in when storm warnings first start, have your caretaker position the lift sling under you and the lift next to you.  It usually takes about 10 minutes to get you in a chair or on a stretcher.

Other things to do:

-Get a chair or stretcher per special needs (try eBay.com for cheaper prices, you can also try councils on aging or centers for indepent livings.

-Ramps or doors expanded (in Boston area, try boston orthopedic & respiratory equipment (https://www.bostonorthoresp.com).

More to come. . . .

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Anyone remember boarding houses?

When I was a kid, I remember that people in transition used to live in boarding houses.  I’ve just read that a large percentage of Millenials still live at home.  It seems to me that boarding houses could allow them to move out without going into debt.  What do you, gentle reader, do you think?