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Make Daily Tasks Easier continued...

When it comes time to prepare the meal, make things easier for yourself:

  • Sit on a high stool with a back while fixing meals.
  • Move pots and dishes onto the countertop within easy reach.
  • Slide pots and dishes along the counter instead of lifting.

Learn bathing basics. Try these bath and shower tips to keep you safe:

  • Use a long-handled sponge to scrub your feet, lower legs, and back.
  • Put a non-slip rubber mat in the bathtub or shower.
  • Floor mats need rubber backing.

If you're recovering from a broken hip or spine:

  • Add a raised toilet seat to get on and off easily.
  • Use a bath chair and hand-held sprayer so you can sit to bathe.

Demystify dressing. Follow these tips for getting into your shoes:

  • Put on your shoes with a long-handled shoehorn, instead of bending over.
  • Switch to elastic shoelaces to slip into lace-up shoes easily.
  • Low-heeled, sturdy shoes help prevent falls.

And try this for getting dressed:

  • Pull on clothes with a dressing stick that has hooks or pinchers.
  • Choose loose clothes to fit over a cast or brace.

Get around in style.  Don't be afraid to ask family and friends for rides. Or search online for "senior transportation" from local agencies. Dorman says you can probably safely drive once you are off pain meds and you can:

  • Sit comfortably.
  • Rotate your body to see over your shoulder.
  • Step on the brakes quickly to avoid things in the road.

Exercise your body, mind, and spirit. Be sure to keep up with exercise and outdoor activity:

  • Do your physical therapy exercises every day. Choose a time when pain levels are lowest.
  • Spend time outside. Take walks if you can or place a sturdy chair where you can sit and enjoy the change of scenery.

And keep yourself mentally active too:

  • Read, do crossword puzzles, or play online games.
  • Call a friend or family member at least once a day to stay connected.
  • Go to social events such as family get-togethers or lunches with friends.