Tips from Survivors: Fingernail Grooming & More
Two great tips for caring for your nails with the use of only one hand plus advice for shoes, dental floss and a device that helps when peeling fruits and vegtables.
Stroke survivor David Layton shares his tips for nail care
Nail Care Tip #1
Tip #1: One thing I have found particularly helpful is a fingernail brush attached with stainless steel screws to a board cut to fit in the bathroom sink. I use it to clean my hand and fingernails after working in my garden. The board helps secure the brush while I scrub my fingernails and hand across the brush.
Nail Care Tip #2
Tip #2: Another idea for fingernail maintenance is to use a spring clamp to hold a fingernail file to a desktop or countertop, so I can move the nails of my working hand across the file. We all got the idea that nail clippers were necessary for nail maintenance back when we had two working hands, but filing without using nail clippers will do the job.
More tips from survivor Adrienne Statfeld
I have weakness in the fingers of my left hand. I’ve found the following items to be helpful during my post-stroke life.
Elastic shoelaces to replace laces that need to be tied. Now I only buy slip-on shoes and sneakers that come with elastic bungee laces.
Button-hook device — Using this device makes getting dressed and undressed easier. It only requires moderate dexterity from the fingers on one hand while buttoning a shirt without the device requires the cooperation of the fingers on both hands. Of course, clothing with fewer fasteners or hook-and-loop fasteners instead of buttons or zippers would be easier, but would require that I buy a new wardrobe.
Extra-long shoehorn — Saves unsteady survivors from bending over to get their shoes on.
Dental floss that comes attached to a plastic pick so only one hand is necessary. Just because you’ve had a stroke doesn’t mean you can neglect dental hygiene.
“Prep n Pop”: This device, advertised on infomercials, is a winner. It allows you to stab a fruit or vegetable and hold it in place while you peel or slice it.
I suggest you keep items, even if you feel you no longer need them. Shower seats, grab bars and over-the-toilet commodes might seem less important following recovery, but they can decrease the likelihood of a fall.
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