Speakers added to telephones for hand free communication, touch screens, and assorted other devices are available for the general public's consumption and not just the handicapped. It wasn't always so. It makes life and doing easier for everyone.
What sort of new fangled stuff did I buy after my stroke to make me capable of doing what I needed to be done in spite of my limitations? Very little. A hemi walker, raised toilet seat, a wheelchair, and Swedish adaptive cutting board, a rocker T knife which was quickly replaced by an Ulu (thanks John Anderson), a steering knob, a shower chair, a long handled bath scrubber, and a cane. That's it.
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Of course I did remodel my bathroom so it was handicap assessable too. I now have a walk-in tub and handicapped toilet in my bathroom eliminating the need for a shower chair and the shower head. My old porcelain throne needed to be replaced so smart shopping at my local Re-Store (habitat for humanity) had a used, raised seat one for $40. A girl has got to have a luxurious soak in the tub once in a while...with bubbles!
The other major "can't live without" for me is the Ulu and my kitchen shears (both are normal use items) because I love to cook. The Swedish cutting board, I'm still finding adaptive uses for that are not what it is designed for like holding my grater.
The steering knob on the steering wheel of my car only truly comes in handy when I'm making hard turns. The rest of the time I can drive just fine without it.
So why did I buy all this stuff to begin with that is now collecting dust in my house...because someone told me I needed to. I only used my wheelchair a couple of times just after I got out of the hospital. Did I get the over $600 use out of it? Not for my benefit over the few months it took me to transition out of it and onto a cane. Although it does make moving my hubby around easier now. The raised portable potty is now a fixture in my living room for my hubby's use also. I only used it in my bathroom for about six months. The hemi walker is now used as a catch all for my hubby's benefit. As goes to most of the other durable medical supplies I bought for me after my stroke...now used for my hubby's benefit. Thank goodness or I'd really be upset.
Now I'll admit that I'm luckier than quite a few other stroke survivors out there because I need few adaptive equipment. I'm also more creatively thinking outside the box than most which is an added plus. I honestly hate spending hard earned money on short-lived things in this disposable era.
Oh, I almost forgot a bigger in my new life...my elevated raised garden beds. But that's mostly for these old bones of mine. They were making too many old woman complaints and I really don't feel that old. I would have eventually transitioned into them anyhow.
Adaptive...assistive, it's all the same thing. My stubbornness allows for hard scrutiny before I run out and buy something. I have to be darn sure I can't do without it. I'll use whatever I have available first. It has to be a need. Sure I could run out and spend $1,000's on this or that to making this or that job easier but my question is this...why?