|I did NOT do this|
do a partial squat while leaning over to reach close to the floor.
At first I loved squats because I felt safer when both feet were on the floor than when I had to repeatedly stand on one foot while walking. When I learned how useful squats are I asked my PT to let me do them every day. The list below shows the value of this basic skill I took for granted as an able-bodied person. I have used this skill thousands of times in the 12 years since my stroke.
NOTE: Reaching for objects overhead is dangerous when I drop the objects on my head.
A partial squat makes me more stable when I lean down to:
* Pull up my underwear up after toileting
* Pick up my cane after it has fallen on the floor for the thousandth time!
* Get clothing out of the bottom drawer of the dresser
* Get shoes from the floor of the closet
* Get a milk carton sitting on the bottom shelf of the refrigerator
* Get a box of cereal from the bottom shelf of a kitchen cabinet
* Get a pot from the bottom shelf of a kitchen cabinet
* Place and remove dishes from the bottom rack of dishwasher
* Get a box of dishwashing detergent from under the sink
* Pull bed linen straight when making the bed
* Take a book from bottom of book shelf
* Plug a cord into a low electrical outlet
* Pull clothes out of the dryer
* Fill a watering can with the garden hose
* Empty a waste basket
* Pickup a large bag of garbage I kicked down my stairs to put the bag in the garbage can
* Pick up purchases sitting in the trunk or on the floor of my car