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Everyday Essentials

Bath CapeBath Cape
The Bath Cape from Granny Jo Products eliminates "the struggle of having to wrap yourself in a towel," says James Tilghman of Granny Jo Products. The Bath Cape features oversized arm openings, front velcro straps for closure, and two pockets. The 100% cotton made robe sells for $40 at www.grannyjoproducts.com.


Wheelchair BlanketWheelchair Blanket
Keep warm and comfortable with the Wheelchair Blanket made by Granny Jo Products. The blanket is made of ultra-soft fleece and features two velcro straps to secure it to the wheelchair to prevent it from being caught in the wheels. There is also a velcro patch for securing the blanket behind the legs. To purchase the Wheelchair Blanket for $20, visit www.grannyjoproducts.com.


The Ultimate Toothpaste DispenserUltimate Toothpaste Dispenser
The Ultimate Toothpaste Dispenser no longer makes the daily routine of brushing your teeth a dreaded task. In a posting on the Reeve Foundation's Daily Dose website page, a community user replied, "It mounts on the wall or mirror and is completely mechanical. Only one hand is required to push the toothbrush against a dispensing lever and the correct amount of toothpaste is ejected.  No toothpaste messes around the sink, no unscrewing the lid of a toothpaste tube, and it uses all of the toothpaste to the very last drop." The Ultimate Toothpaste Dispenser can be purchased for $59.95 at www.thetoothpastedispenser.com.


E-Z Reacher E-Z Reacher
The E-Z Reacher is that extra-long arm you need for picking up dropped or hard to reach items.  It can hold items as light as a dime or as heavy as a brick. The top handle requires a light squeeze while the bottom suction cups safely retrieve an item. Take a look at the Reacher at www.arcoa.com.


STRONGARM Mobility DevicesSTRONGARM Mobility Devices
STRONGARM Mobility Devices are walking aids providing support, stability, and control. STRONGARM inventor and chief technical officer, Mike Adams, explains, "We believe the STRONGARM Forearm Cane is the answer to the ambulatory needs of a very wide range of people who have long wished for cane simplicity, yet also crutch stability, in a sleek and modern form." Visit www.strongarmmobility.com to view the different STRONGARM products.




 

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AbledataProvides a helpful guide: Informed Consumer's Guide to Accessible Housing.

Accesibilty Equipment Manufacturers AssociationCompanies that make elevators, lifts, stairway chairlifts and similar products.

Adaptive EnvironmentsPromotes accessibility as well as universal design through education programs, technical assistance, and design advocacy so that every individual, regardless of disability or age, can participate fully in all aspects of society.

A Reeve Foundation Fact Sheet on Assistive Technology - Environmental Controls (PDF)

A Reeve Foundation Fact Sheet on Home Modifications (PDF)

American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)Spotlights universal home design.

Concrete ChangeThis Atlanta based agency works to make homes accessible to all. Minimum standards include: at least one entrance with zero steps, 32-inch door passages and bathrooms on the main floor.

Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental AccessDedicated to improving the design of environments and products by making them more usable, safer and appealing to people with a wide range of abilities, throughout their life spans. IDEA provides resources and technical expertise in architecture, product design etc.

eHow.comHow to Make Simple Wheelchair Accessibility Modifications to Your Home

Disability SystemsStrong, reliable and portable wheelchair ramps for your handicap access needs. These wheelchair ramps are all aluminum and will last longer than wood or steel. Handicap ramps include folding, threshold, utility, solid, portable, bariatric and side door van ramps and rear door van ramps for all your access solutions.

Home Free HomeHome Free Home is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to providing pro bono architectural design services to people who need to remodel their homes to accommodate a disability.

InvacareInvacare Corporation manufactures and distributes home medical equipment (HME) and mobility products for people with disabilities and those requiring home health care.

Wheelchair-accessible House PlansOur wheelchair-accessible house plans feature sloping walkways to the main entrance, wider doorways, interior passages and closet doors, lever-style hardware, and convenient heights for things such as thermostats and light switches. Search our inventory of wheelchair-accessible house plans to find the right one for you!

The National Resource Center on Supportive Housing and Home ModificationAssists the elderly with information of services. Features national directory of home mod resources.

The Ramp ProjectView a detailed, step-by-step instruction manual on how to build ramps and stairs for home accessibility along with the accompanying engineering drawings.

The Right SpaceAlbert M. Ayala is a publisher and building contractor in Central Arizona. When his mother, at age 89, fractured her tibia and came to live with him and his wife, he began looking for an accessible home design guide for building and remodeling contractors. What he found was an enormous amount of text referencing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). He found no easy-to-understand residential guide.

WheelchairNet: Home ModificationsJust what does it take to make a living space accessible? Are you thinking about a child who will grow up in a house or a parent who is just beginning to use a wheelchair in their home? Maybe you as a wheelchair user would like to make everyday life in your home easier and more enjoyable. Regardless, you will find some helpful resources here.

Paralysis Resource Center The Reeve Foundation Paralysis Resource Center Information Specialists are reachable business weekdays, Monday through Friday, toll-free at 800-539-7309 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm ET. You may also schedule a call or send a message online.

Reeve Foundation Online Paralysis Community Connecting people living with paralysis, families, friends and caregivers so we can share support, experience, knowledge, and hope.

Quality of Life Grants DatabaseFind resources within the PRC Quality of Life Grants Database. Search by Zip Code, State or an Entire Category.

Library Books and VideosFind resources within the PRC library catalog.

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The Reeve Foundation Paralysis Resource Center Information Specialists are reachable business weekdays, Monday through Friday, toll-free at 800-539-7309 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Eastern U.S. Time. International callers use 973-467-8270. You may also schedule a call or send a message online.

The information provided in the Paralysis Resource Center was supported by Cooperative Agreement number 1U59DD000838-01 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the Reeve Foundation and do not necessarily represent the official views of the CDC.