The Art of Adapting
How older people “hack” household devices to make them easier to use.
Source: David Preiss
Soap in a stocking
A sensible solution to handling soap in the shower, according to Dr, Hougan. You can use the soap through the stocking, and if you “drop” it, the bar is still within reach, not on the shower floor.
Cart make doorknobs, silverware and toothbrushes easier to grip.
Clip-on napkin holder
Small alligator clips connected can be used to attach napkins to clothing, a more elegant solution than tucking the napkin into a shirt and less humiliating than using a bib.
Silicone rubber bumps
with adhesive backs Put on kitchen appliances, cellphones and keyboards to help people see and feel what buttons they need to press.
This moldable, rubbery substance can make materials easier to turn, grab and carry, like the tops of jars and pill bottles.
Simply use a clothespin to keep the straw from moving around in the glass.
These household staples have a variety of off-label uses, including holding cookbooks in the kitchen.
These inexpensive materials can be used as nonslip seating,
For the technologically savvy, a little customizing can go a long way. Like making remote controls easier to use by taking off unneeded buttons, or removing the “delete” button from devices like cameras and picture viewers. In another example, one person re purposed a motion detector to monitor the movement of a spouse with dementia.