Adapted Home Management
Caring for your home is an important occupation in your daily life. Cooking, cleaning, laundry, paying your bills, and yard work are some occupations that can become challenging after a stroke.
Click on the links and videos below to explore adaptions that you can add into your home management routine that supports your independence.
Video Source: Rosanna Radding. Onehandcan.com
Jar vice for opening jars and containers with one hand.
Under-cupboard jar opener
No-spill drink carrier
No-spill mug for carrying
Funnel, for accuracy when pouring
Right-angled knife for one-handed cutting
Ulu knife and cutting bowl for ease with cutting
Kitchen shears for one-handed cutting
If you tire while working at the kitchen counter, sit in a tall sturdy chair with arm rests and a back rest
Instead of carrying items, place them on a rolling cart and push the cart. Make sure not to lean on the cart or use it as a walking aide!
Instead of carrying, place supplies in an apron.
Adapt your laundry basket for easier carrying by using a suitcase strap.
Use a steamer instead of an iron
One-handed trackball mouse
One-handed tape dispenser
Self-opening scissors or spring scissors
Handiscoop pooper scooper
Foldable pet stairs
The Lawton-Brody IADL test
The Lawton-Brody IADL test is most useful for identifying how you are currently functioning in your home, and to identify improvement or deterioration over time. The test is anonymous and results are not shared.
Reference: Lawton MP, Brody EM. Assessment of older people: self-maintaining and instrumental activities of daily living. Gerontologist. 1969 Autumn;9(3):179-86.