We could all do with a little help around the home sometimes. This is my ULTIMATE guide to spoonie hacks – bathroom edition which will give you EVERYTHING you need to make life in the bathroom super easy when you are disabled or have a chronic illness.
These gadgets are simple but they make a world of difference when you are trying to maintain your independence. My favourite has to be the shower stool or the hairdryer holder as they have had the biggest impact on my life.
You can sit on this while showering. Helps prevent fatigue and to manage light-headed/dizziness. This was a game-changer for me. It allows me to shower quite independently which as a young woman I like being able to. You can get many different types but honestly, this four-legged adjustable one is perfect – it supports you properly (compared with a 3 legged stool I had at one point!)
Makes it easy to reach everywhere without overextending yourself. I always used a loofah prior to becoming ill and disabled but this long-handled version makes it super easy to wash my feet, and back without overextending myself and causing me pain and discomfort.
Bath mat to prevent slips
The shower and bath floors are slippy and an invitation for trips, slips and falls. A bath mat can easily help to prevent slips. There are literally hundreds to choose from but I like this one as it comes in a variety of sizes and colours. It is also anti-slip and anti-mould which is great news too.
It’s easy to hold onto the rail to go from sitting or standing or reverse. You can also use it for balance when your eyes are closed. I don’t care about looks as this handle is so good for helping in the shower or bath. I think vanity goes out the window to a certain degree when you are chronically ill or disabled and you just want to get the job done as best you can.
Shower suction footpeg
If you need to shave your legs this shower footrest is a great way to help lift your leg without losing your balance. You could team this up with the shower stool or handrail for extra safety. I love that it is super sturdy as well which puts your mind at ease.
Holding the hairdryer can be heavy and painful especially for extended periods of time (or if you have long thick hair like mine) This hairdryer holder is perfect for holding the hairdryer so you can dry your hair quickly and with minimal effort.
Another little gadget that packs a huge punch is the toothpaste squeezer. You could also use this for any tubes such as antiseptic creams and even in the kitchen for tomato puree. It is super simply to use and there are many varieties such as this one or even a key which can be trickier to use ut just as effective. Plus you use the entire tube which saves money in the long run too!
Finally in my ULTIMATE guide to spoonie hacks bathroom edition is the sock helper. I didn’t wear socks for the best part of ten years as I struggled to get them on. This device makes putting socks on so easy and will help keep your feet warm, as well as stop blisters and sore feet! Trust me its a godsend! Finally, I can wear socks with my shoes without relying on others to help me. It is such a great way to maintain your independence.
Have I forgotten anything?
You can check out my post on the ULTIMATE kitchen hacks here.