6/14/2012

Important aid for those needing assistance! Please share..

If you or a friend has anyone in assisted living, using a wheelchair or using an electric scooter....make a copy of this post and share it....  My mom is in an assisted living facility.  She can get around in her room with her walker but if she goes down to the dining room etc. she must take her electric cart... The door to her room is heavy and closes automatically and it was only with great difficulty that she could get her cart out of her room... She even had trouble getting her walker out if she had something she was taking with her. So I devised this clever aid...and it solved the problem so beautifully that I have made more for other residents.

While in her walker she can open the door, push the wedge in place to hold it open and hang the leash handle on the door..  As she drives out with her cart she grabs hold of the leash and when she is safely past the door, she can give it a tug and pull out the stopper and the door closes behind her... Slick as a whistle.  Coming in is no problem as she can open the knob and push the door open with her cart...

When I have her out in her wheelchair I have to struggle with doors or wait until someone happens along to open them for us... Now we keep one of these aids in the pocket of the wheelchair.  I can open a door, put the stopper in to hold it open and I hang onto the leash.  As I push the wheelchair through the door I can pull the leash and let the door shut behind us..

The beauty of this device is that it is so simple and cheap to make.  I buy all the parts at the dollar store... You need only a door stopper, an eye bolt, and an inexpensive dog leash... all available at a dollar store. I drill a hole in the fat end of the door stopper and insert the eye bolt... then hook the leash into the eye bolt..

So make a copy of this post and share it please... give it to a friend or drop a copy off at an assisted living facility..


6 comments:

black bear cabin said...

what a great idea...ill share :)

Marilyn said...

What an excellent idea Gerry. I'm going to print out several copies for friends who use walkers and wheelchairs. The way my knees have been lately I could be using one soon too.

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

Perfect! This is a wonderful idea and so nice of you to share it.

Marie Costa said...

This is fabulous, thank you!

Cathy said...

This, along with a wheelchair quilt, would sure be an excellent Christmas gift for someone in an extended care facility. What a great idea.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for a great idea, Gerry. I will share this with friends who have parents in wheelchairs. Amy in LA

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