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Use toothbrushes with built-up handles or use an electric toothbrush.

Eating and Drinking

  • Rest your elbows on the table to give you more motion in your wrists and hands.
  • Sit with your knees and hips bent at a 90-degree angle in a straight-back chair.
  • Use utensils with built-up, lightweight handles. Or use a "spork" -- a spoon and fork in one. Try a rocker knife to cut food.
  • Use a non-skid mat (made out of a material called Dycem) to keep objects from slipping on the table.
  • Use a plate guard or plate with a raised lip to keep food from spilling.
  • Use a long straw with a non-spill cup, or use a plastic mug with a large handle.

In the Kitchen

  • Have at least one workspace that’s low enough for you to reach it when you’re seated.
  • Use a jar opener for tightly sealed containers.
  • Don't close bottles or jars too tightly once they’re open.
  • Use an extended lever to open lift-tab cans.
  • Use pans with a wide base that you can’t knock over easily.
  • Use a food processor to chop vegetables.
  • Use plastic containers. They’re less likely to break.
  • Store food and drinks in small, easy-to-manage containers.
  • Place utensils, pots, pans, and measuring cups on a pegboard or in an accessible cupboard instead of in lower cupboards. That way you won’t have to bend to reach them. Sit when you’re getting things out of lower cupboards.
  • Use a spike board for vegetables, fruit, and potatoes so you have both hands free to peel or chop them.
  • Use two hands to pour liquids.
  • Use scissors to open cellophane packages. Use a box top opener for boxes.
  • Use electrical appliances whenever it’s possible.


  • Use long handles on sponge mops, cleaning brushes, dustpans, brooms, or window washers.
  • Sit to fold laundry, wash dishes, iron clothes, use the vacuum, mop the floor, or plug in appliances at low outlets. Adapt counters so that you can reach them from a wheelchair or from a sitting position.

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