Living with hemiplegia can be challenging at times. Some physical tasks can take a little creativity and practice to master. This will help make those tricky task that little bit easier.
Part 1 of 8:Getting DressedDownload Article
1Learn to fasten buttons. This can be a hard task to do but with patience and practice, you'll get there!
Try using an aide to help you.
Try threading string through the button and pulling it through the button loop in the item of clothing.
2Know how to put on a bra. Putting on a bra with hooks can be challenging with hemiplegia, but this can be avoided by just avoiding that kind of bra.
Try wearing crop tops or bras without hooks, so you can put them on more easily.
You could try fastening the bra at the front of you, then spin it round.
3Try to put on socks. To put on socks, try pulling your foot towards you and place the sock on your toes, then gradually guide the sock onto your foot.
You could also use a sock aide, which can make this task quicker to complete.
4Practice putting your shoes on. There are many possibilities to make this task more manageable for you to do on your own.
Try using a shoehorn to help put the shoe on.
When tying your shoes, try avoiding laces. Use velcro instead or elastic bands, that act as laces, but make the shoe slip on without needing to tie them.
5Find a way of putting on jewelry. This can be tricky, but perseverance is key.
To put on bracelets and necklaces, try putting the hook end into your mouth, then using your 'good' hand to connect the other end.
To put on earrings, use one hand to loop the earring through the earlobe then press the earlobe forwards and inwards, use this as a way to hold the earring in place when putting the back on.
6Learn to do your hair. To tie your hair, practice. Try different methods over and over until you find one that works.
Try leaning over the edge of a sofa, or using clips instead of hair ties.
Part 2 of 8:Keeping Up with Personal HygieneDownload Article
1Know how to brush your teeth. Brushing your teeth is quite an easy task to adapt, and takes no practice to do it one handed.
Try placing your brush face up on a flat surface and using your 'good' hand to put the toothpaste on.
Try a flip lid toothpaste, as these can be easier to use; alternatively you could try using your mouth to hold the toothpaste tube in place while you unscrew the lid.
2Learn how to wash yourself. If you find getting in and out a bath or shower hard, try getting a stool or an aide to help you.
To use soap, rotate your one hand and try and angle it so you can apply soap to the desired area.
To use shampoo, try putting it onto your bad hand, then using your good hand to apply it to the hair. Alternatively, apply the shampoo on your head then rub it in with your good hand.
3Know how to use the bathroom. Try toilet paper with creases, so it is easier to tear with one hand.
You can also get a bar to help you when getting up off the toilet.
Part 3 of 8:Coping in the KitchenDownload Article
1Adapt your environment to help with mixing tasks. When you need to hold a bowl, board or plate in place, things can get tricky.
Try placing a damp towel under it to create friction to keep them in place.
Alternatively, 'sticky' mats are an option.
2Find a way to use cutlery. Try adapted cutlery, made for those with physical disabilities.
These types of cutlery help you to hold them and get a better grip, to help you cut and eat your food without help.
3Practice carrying a tray. Try using a trolley or one handed tray, to help you avoid spilling or breaking anything.
Get a friend to watch and aid you slightly whilst you practice carrying a tray for a small distance. As your confidence grows and you get better, you can go further, and eventually do the task fully independently.
Part 4 of 8:ChoresDownload Article
1Find an effective way to do laundry. Folding laundry in particular can be an issue, so practice different ways until you find a way that works for you.
Try using a folding aide. These are mats that have sides to fold over to make it easier to fold clothes neatly.
Try researching one-handed methods of folding clothes. Other people with hemiplegia may have a tutorial you can use to complete the task.
2Learn how to clean. You probably don't need any adapted aides, but there are ways to make this task easier.
Find a lightweight vacuum, and one that has no cords, to aide you.
Try a gripper aide to help if your hand can't grip onto an item when trying to pick it up.
Make the space clear first to avoid falling over.
3Learn how to make the bed. Making a bed is hard enough even if you don't have a disability, but there are ways you can accomplish it without help.
Practice, practice, practice.
Try different methods and come up with your own. After time you'll get there.
4Find a way to run errands. Running errands may seem impossible until you find a way that works for you.
Use a wheelie bag or rucksack to help you carry your items.
Alternatively, use a lightweight bag so you can carry it easier.
Part 5 of 8:Coping at School or WorkDownload Article
1Find a suitable locker. Using a locker can be tricky when you can only use one hand, but there are things you can do to make this task easier.
Try using a higher locker
Hang a canvas bag at a height suitable to you to help you put things away and store items.
2Learn to type. Typing one handed can make you slower at times, but don't worry, you can get faster with practice.
Try using a smaller or adapted keyboard to help you speed up at typing.
Learn to type one-handed. Many online websites offer these lessons for free.
3Find a way to hold your work in place. It's hard to hold your work still and write at t he same time with one handed, but there are aides that can help.
Try using a clipboard with a non-stick mat or a damp towel underneath.
4Try to use school equipment. Using a ruler or something similar can be hard when you have a limited grip, but there are ways to work around this problem
Stick a cork onto a ruler or other Maths equipment to give a better grip.
Try using a non-stick sheet underneath to help stop the equipment from sliding.
Part 6 of 8:Doing Leisure ActivitiesDownload Article
1Try new activities. You don't know whether you can or can't do something unless you try it out.
See what activities don't require much arm or leg strength to make the task do-able independently.
2See if the equipment can be adapted. Many instruments and sport equipment can be adapted to make it available to those who have physical disabilities. Research and find out what aides may be useful for the activity you want to do.
Part 7 of 8:Getting AroundDownload Article
1Learn to drive. People with hemiplegia can drive a year before other drivers to aid mobility and increase independence. Find out whether this is an option for you.
Get a car adapted for you to be able to use it more easily.
An automatic car might be the best option for you.
2Get a mobility scooter. Mobility scooters can help you get around if you can't drive or afford a car and can increase your independence.
You may be able to get one from your work or school, or your insurance may be able to pay for it. Research and see what options are available to you.
There are lightweight ones that can easily fold up and fit in a car, too.
3Try an electric wheelchair. These are very useful for those with physical disabilities as they do not require much strength and have accessible controls.
Contact your GP or OT to see what they can offer to help you, and what options are available to you.
4See if you qualify for free transport. Some people with hemiplegia are able to get free transport if they can't drive, or need more independence.
Contact your Social / Care Worker or GP to find out if you qualify.
Not everyone may be eligible for free transport, it depends on the individual effects the condition has on each person.
Part 8 of 8:Knowing When to Take HelpDownload Article
1Seek help when needed. If you are getting frustrated with a task and cannot do it, don't stress. Everyone needs help occasionally, and this may be one of those times.
2Accept help. It may be hard to accept help because you want to be independent, but if you need it, then others would be happy to help you.
You may not need much help, but having some may help you get the task done quicker and be best for you.
3Know when help is necessary. If you are at risk doing a task on your own or may be injured, then help is a must.
You don't want to accidentally hurt yourself or damage yourself if you can avoid it.