April 3, 2015

Garbage Can Send You to a Nursing Home

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.

Recycling. My town recycles glass, metal, and plastic containers.  The short yellow container I was given is too heavy and awkward for me to carry to the curb.  The photo shows the 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.

6 comments:

  1. Pushing the rolling garbage can like a walker is a great idea! Even for people without mobility challenges, that can gets heavy and can be awkwardly out of balance. Thanks for the tip!

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  2. Hi! I am an OT student making a therapy plan for case study client who is experiences hemiplegia after stroke, I am loving your blog and have read a majority of post :). My program is two weeks, using a combination of remedial (motor relearning) and compensatory strategies, to work towards reintegrating the affected limb. I am wondering if there is anyway to contact you directly to ask some questions regarding my plan? My email is nesrl002@mymail.unisa.edu.au

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    1. You can e-mail me at homeafterastroke3@verizon.net..

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  3. The plant dolly rolls so smoothly that it makes me happy every time I use it.

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  4. I must admit I am still fighting with the garbage cans so I leave it to my family most of the time. I am so glad you are able to make it back up your driveway without the cane. That is great!

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    1. If I was still married I would never have gone out on the patio and fooled around until I learned turning the rolling garbage can backwards would make me safe and independent.

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