I live alone so I cannot stay in my home if stinky garbage piles up on my patio. People would call the health department. After my stroke a neighbor took my garbage to the curb for a few months. However, I do not want neighbors to think if they help me for a short while they have volunteered for life. Paying a nursing home $8,000 a month is a really expensive way to get rid of garbage (Genworth Survey of Long-Term Care). Here are adaptive devices that make me independent.
Garbage. I use Hefty Ultimate garbage bags. They have an elastic drawstring built into the top of the bag which grips the top of the garbage can in my kitchen. I place the full garbage bag on the seat of a kitchen chair so I do not have to lean down very far to tie a knot in the drawstring with my teeth and sound hand. Once the bag is tightly sealed I kick it down my front steps without any spills. I put the bag in a rolling garbage can to take the garbage to the curb. I learned not to push the garbage can by tilting the can and rolling it on the wheels. The first time I did this I almost fell when the garbage can got away from me. By putting the wheels in front (see arrow) I can push it like a rolling walker. CAUTION: I used to drag a cane in my hemiplegic hand so I could walk back to the house. Now my balance is good enough to walk back without a cane.
Devault Plant Dolly. Six casters under the dolly make it roll smoothly. To pull the dolly back to the house, I threaded a long strap through the central hole that is designed to let plants drain.