Hi! Welcome back to the series I'm doing on Low Vision products. If you missed the other parts of the series, they are: The Living Room, The Kitchen - Part One and Part Two.
Today is about the Bathroom
Let's use the above photograph to explain layout ideas:
1) This bathroom has a lot of natural light as well as room lights. The layout is simple and an open layout helps with moving around. I've seen bathroom where the toilet is in a tiny dark cubicle compared to the rest of the layout.
2) The flooring and the bathtub are the same color and "blend" in, so to prevent accidents and stubbed toes, use a contrasting color bathmat right up against the tub. This way we'll know that the tub starts "here". You could put another smaller mat in front of the sink for locating it as well.
3) You may want to add a lighted magnified mirror to help with close-up work (makeup, shaving, trimming, etc).
4) Also use a contrasting colored rubber mat in the bathtub or shower as well. This helps to see where to step while getting in.
5) If you have trouble with balance as well (sometimes happens along with vision loss), it may help to have a grab bar on the tub or wall to prevent falls.
The Sink and Countertops
Again remember my mantra - the less clutter, the better we can see.
1) The best thing I've found for finding small things is to get baskets and keep everything of one kind in it. For example, one basket for makeup products, a basket for hair products, one for first aid, another for medications. That way everything is in one place and we're not searching all over the countertop or through crowded drawers.
2) It's best to have a contrasting color countertop if possible to distinguish sink, counters, and items laying on the counter.
3) For shaving, use an electric shaver to lessen cuts.
4) For prescriptions, many drugstores offer large print (and Braille) prescription labels for easier reading, but you can also get talking prescription readers as well.
5) For self-injections, as for Diabetes and other conditions, there are several options:
This is a short post as the bathroom is pretty easy to adapt. If you have any tips you use yourself in the bathroom, please share them with me.
Next in the series I'll cover the bedroom. Thank you for reading!
Note: Many adaptations in this series can be found in my eBook.
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Hi, I'm starting a Series of blog posts for low vision products to use around the home.
The sections will be:
I hope you will join me as I explain each area and the products that can help with low vision - both low tech and high tech.
This series will run throughout the month of March!
Please help me out and let me know what other area would you like to see covered.
Wherever you're living, you're probably tired of Winter.
Whether you're getting lots of snow, or never-ending rain (I'm getting both here in Oklahoma), you can start feeling "Blah". Here are five ways to snap out of it!
1. Clean your place.
Since we're "stuck" indoors during the winter, part of our Blahs & Blues is a messy, or cluttered and unorganized place. So, organize your place, find a spot for everything and anything you don't want - throw away (or put in a box for a Spring Yard Sale).
Having a better view of your surroundings can help perk things up and the exercise in doing all this is a boon to your health too.
2. Learn something new
Part of the reasoning of getting "worn out' in the winter months is not just being physically sedentary but mentally as well.
So, take this opportunity to learn something new! A new Language, a new Hobby, maybe a new skill for work, or even a new career?
You can learn online, at the library, local Community College, and other sources. So, exercise your brain and learn something new.
3. Spoil yourself
Now's the time to give yourself permission to spoil yourself.
Get a manicure, pedicure, massage....
Go out for a meal you really enjoy, go on a shopping trip, go away for the weekend....
Anything you've denied yourself for a long while because of finances, been too busy, "life got in the way", whatever - GO!
One of the best ways to cheer yourself up is by helping others.
Volunteer at a favorite organization or step out of your comfort zone and try a new area to venture helping out.
One - you're out of the house and not in a "usual" spot (work, store, etc),
Two - helping others out makes us feel better and "forget our own problems".
Three - you're socializing with new people - another boon to your mental and emotional health.
5. Make plans
Write down plans you'd like to do when the weather gets warmer.
Planning for a future event actually can help you mentally as now you have something to look forward to and can save up, plan some more, and get excited!
I hope these ideas help getting rid of your winter blues. Here's a workbook to check out!
Happy Valentine's Day!!
Not only today a celebration of Love, it should be a celebration of Liife. Today is also National Donor Day.
Some of you might already know I'm a Donor Recipient going on 3 years now.
So do me a favor, sign up to be a donor today.
Time for another Welcome Wednesday and today is "Swanson's Holistic Hands".
Gina Swanson provides holistic medicine tips in blogs/vlogs, workshops, and Holistic Life Coaching sessions in American Sign Language.
Gina is a Reiki Master and has 19 certificates from Reiki Rays Institute as well as certified by the International Center for Reiki Training.
She offers Holistic Practice training in Reiki, Essential Oils, Stones and Chakras all in ASL.
To find out more or to book a session, contact her by email at Swanson Holistic Hands.
Let's support a fellow Deafblind business owner!
We all fall into a rut now and again. Whether it’s in our personal life, at work, in our relationships, or just an overall feeling of tiredness.
It’s not a physical tiredness that can be fixed with a good nap, but an overall mental and spiritual weariness.
Here are three ways to snap out of it:
1. Move on from your Regrets
We may be regretting something and that’s holding us back mentally, such as regretting not getting the job we wanted. We have a tendency to over-analyze past events especially when it’s a negative one. We want to create all kinds of alternative outcomes for it, but we fail to remember that it’s in the past.
We cannot change the past, but we can plan for the future. Instead of dwelling on “what did I do wrong”, focus on planning and improving for next time. “So, I didn’t get Job X that I really wanted, I’ll practice more on my interview skills for the next one”.
We cannot change the past, change our actions, fix our regrets, and such, but we can change the present and the future and that's where we should be focusing on and that is a quick way to snap out of a rut.
2. Know Your Comfort Zone
This quote is true, we do not truly gain new experiences, new understandings, and growth if we stay in our comfort zone. Staying “safe” in our zone is usually the real reason why people feel they’re in a rut.
Analyzing and understanding why you’re in that certain comfort zone is key to getting out of your mental rut. Admittedly this is probably the hardest step to overcome and you may not want to do it alone.
Whether it’s a childhood event or something more recent, getting help stepping out of your boundaries is so freeing and opens the door to so many opportunities you didn’t want to even consider before.
3. Set Realistic Goals
Another easy way to get out of a rut is to set realistic goals. Sometimes we set goals so high that we just quit before we start and wallow in the same spot.
Here’s how to remedy that:
No matter the reason behind your feelings of being in a rut - you need to overcome it in order to move on with your life. Feeling lost and miserable is an awful place to be, I've been there, so if you feel that you're in too deep to even start climbing out - please seek help.