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How to Avoid Falling While Taking a Shower

Ability Action Aging In Place Rustproof Shower Caddy

The shower is one of the most dangerous places in your house. Not only is the flooring usually more slippery in the bathroom to begin with, but, when we take a shower, things tend to get wet, making everything even more slippery. All of this makes it much more likely to have a fall while in the shower than during many other activities around your house.

Since it’s also nice to get clean, we want you to be able to do so as safely and independently as possible, which is why we wanted to tell you about this shower caddy. This type of shower caddy is best suited for people who stand up to take a shower. If it’s no longer safe for you to stand to shower, or if you have any questions about what the best set up is for you so that you can bathe safely, we recommend consulting with an occupational therapist. If your therapist can see your home and your specific bathroom, they will be able to give you advice tailored to your exact situation.

If you do stand to take a shower, we want to mention that a shower caddy is just one small piece of an overall system that can help make your shower safer. You should also make sure you have something on the floor of the shower, like a shower mat, which can add some friction and reduce your chance of falling. You might also want to consider having a grab bar or two installed as well so that you have something sturdy to grab onto if you do start to fall.

While it is impossible to fully eliminate the chance of falling, it is possible to reduce that risk by making your shower set up as safe as possible. One of the main advantages of using a shower caddy is that it lets you put all of your supplies within arm’s reach so that you do not have to bend down to pick up the things that you need. When you bend down two things can happen that are potentially unsafe. First, you could throw yourself off balance when you bend over, and, second, you could get water in your eyes. Since vision is closely related to balance, getting water in your eyes can also cause you to lose your balance. Don’t try this at home, but just to show you an example of this: If I keep my eyes open and stand on one foot, I can keep my balance relatively easily. However, if I close my eyes and then stand on one foot, you can see that it’s definitely harder for me to maintain my balance. Therefore, if using a shower caddy helps you avoid bending and avoid getting water in your eyes, it can help you stay a bit safer while you shower. We also like that this shower caddy is rust-proof because it will last longer and look nicer than one that is not rust-proof. We have tried the ones that are not rust-proof and we had to replace them much more quickly. Even the rust-proof ones do get a little bit of rust where the pieces connect, but we have found that this happens to a much lesser degree.

If you want to give this shower caddy a try to see if it will work for you, you can find a link to it here. Don’t forget to also get a shower mat and possibly some grab bars installed so that you can stay as safe and independent as possible when you shower.

Once you get the shower caddy, you can just hang it over the head of your shower, then put the toiletries you need onto the shower caddy. Different showers may be arranged differently, so you will want to make sure the shower caddy will work in your shower before you purchase it.

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How to Avoid Getting Burned While Cooking

Ability Action Aging In Place Silicone Oven Mitt

When you want to take something hot out of the oven, what do you grab? A pot holder or trivet? A dish rag? So many people grab whatever is nearby that will sort of get the job done because it’s easier, but it’s just not safe. Grabbing that nearby dish rag will increase your chances of getting burned or dropping your food and dishware onto the floor. We want you to be able to stay as safe and independent as possible for as long as you can, which is why we wanted to tell you about these silicone oven mitts, which we love.

We used to use standard oven mitts and they worked most of the time. But we often burnt holes through them and every once in awhile they even caught on fire. Even when we did not burn holes through them, I noticed that my hands often felt really hot when I was using them, like I was about to get burned even with my hand inside the mitt. At other times, I noticed that Becki would just grab a dish rag to get things out of the oven because it was right there. As an occupational therapist, this got me really worried because I could see how easily this scenario could end badly.

Then, one day, we discovered these silicone oven mitts and they made things so much easier. We actually still have the same ones that we originally bought, because they have never gotten holes in them or caught on fire! These oven mitts are made from 100% silicone on the outside and they have some texture added to them. This makes it much easier to grab and hold onto objects than when you use a regular oven mitt. These silicone mitts are heat resistant and safe to use for cooking up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit, which should cover most of the cooking that people do. I cook a fair amount, and I have never needed to cook anything higher than 450 degrees. (However, if you do cook at higher temperatures, you will need to look into other options!) These oven mitts also have 100% quilted cotton on the inside and our hands have always felt protected when we use them. They are also easy to clean. I usually just use a soapy sponge to wipe the outside, rinse them off, and then hang them on a hook or leave them in the dish drainer to dry. While nothing can guarantee that you will not get burned or drop hot items onto the floor, these oven mitts can significantly reduce your chances of having those things happen. However, if you have any specific medical conditions that might make these mitts challenging to use, we recommend that you consult with a doctor or occupational therapist about your specific situation.

Ability Action Aging In Place Silicone Oven Mitt

We love these and we hope you will too. If you want to give these a try to see if they will work for you, you can find a link to them here. We hope these will keep you cooking safely and independently for a long time to come!

If you decide to try out these oven mitts, make sure that once you get them, you also find a safe place to keep them that’s close to your oven and easy to reach. Making it as easy as possible to grab these instead of something else will increase the chances that you will use them and stay safe!

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How to Improve Your Daytime Vision by Reducing Sunlight and Glare

Ability Action Aging In Place Sunglasses Ray-Ban

I want to tell you about a product that has helped me a lot and, if you have a hard time with sunlight or glare, it might help you too.

If you’re wondering what glare is, it is something that happens when the intensity of light that we see is too much for our eyes to adjust to. We all need light to see, but when there is too much light, it can cause discomfort or make it hard to see. If you think about what happens when you’re driving directly into the sun and you cannot see at all because there is so much light shining directly into your eyes, it’s clear that too much glare can become dangerous for anyone.

We all experience glare to some extent, but certain things can make glare worse, including aging, having eye surgery, and some eye conditions like cataracts and macular degeneration. Vision is important for so many things that we do in our lives, so you definitely want to make sure to protect your vision by getting regular eye exams and wearing the best eyewear possible! If you think glare has become more of an issue for you than it was in the past, then it is even more important to get a professional eye exam.

In my case, I became much more sensitive to the sun and glare about a year and a half ago, when I was injured and ended up with a concussion. Once I was able to go outside again, I bought some sunglasses at a local pharmacy and they did help. But eventually my wife bought me a gift certificate to Ray-Ban. I went to the store and tried on just about every single pair they had. The ones that seemed to help me the most are the “Predator 2” frame with the “G-15” lenses. When I put them on, I could tell an immediate difference and my whole body relaxed. I really like these and I have found that I enjoy spending time outside again even on days that are really sunny. I don’t want you to have to spend time hiding inside from the sun either, which is why I wanted to tell you about these sunglasses!

I really like the Predator 2 frame because it wraps around my face really nicely and cuts out a lot of the excess light that could otherwise get in through the sides.

If you look at the Ray-Ban website, you’ll see that they offer two different types of lenses. I went with the “Green Classic G-15” lenses. They were originally designed for military use and absorb 85% of visible light. They also block most blue light, which makes for really nice color contrast and a more natural look to everything you see. I like them because they are very dark, which helps with my light sensitivity. However, they are not polarized. Ray-Ban also offers “Polarized Grey Mirror” lenses. These lenses have a mirror coating and are polarized. The mirror coating helps to reduce glare by reflecting it back towards the source and away from your eyes. Surprisingly, since the mirror coating reflects light instead of absorbing it, it also creates a brighter visual field when you’re wearing them compared to lenses that absorb light, like the G-15’s. The Grey Mirror lenses are also polarized, which means that they have a special coating that creates a filter. That filter blocks light coming towards your eyes at certain angles, but allows light in from other angles. Most of the light that we see comes towards our eyes at multiple angles because of the uneven surfaces of most objects. Rocks, trees, and other people are all examples of uneven surfaces. However, when there is a smooth, flat, and very reflective surface, like a body of water or a field of snow, more light comes towards our eyes at the same angle, so it is more concentrated and appears much brighter. Polarization specifically targets light from these types of sources and blocks it at the angles that we would usually see it, but it still lets in light from other angles. This allows us to experience less glare while still being able to see. According to Ray-Ban, the Polarized Grey Mirror lenses block 99% of reflected light.

Both lenses – the Green Classic G-15’s and the Polarized Grey Mirror lenses – are rated by Ray-Ban as category 3 lenses. This means that they are ideally suited for general use in most conditions, excluding only really extreme situations of bright light. This also means that they offer the most protection possible while still allowing a person to be able to see and they are safe for driving.

Another important factor to consider when shopping for sunglasses is whether the lenses offer UV protection, which is different from the factors we’ve talked about so far. UV protection shields your eyes from exposure to ultraviolet radiation which can be harmful to your eyes, even with just a little bit of exposure. According to the Mayo Clinic, it is important to always wear sunglasses that block 99% to 100% of both UVA and UVB rays and that screen out 75% to 90% of visible light. According to Ray-Ban, both of these lenses offer protection from 100% of UVA and UVB rays to 400nm.

Ability Action Aging In Place Sunglasses Ray-Ban


I used to think Ray-Bans were just like any other sunglasses, except that they were a lot more expensive. However, I’ve learned that they actually do a really great job cutting glare and I think they are much better than the ones I used to use from the pharmacy.

These are what I have found works really well for me, but you may find that something different works for you. For example, another option is to use transition lenses, which adapt their level of tint based on the amount of UV light present in your environment. They can potentially be a good solution for people who need prescription lenses for both indoor and outdoor use and do not want to have to manage two different pairs of glasses. However, I have not tried transition lenses myself.

If you decide you want to give the Ray-Ban sunglasses a try to see if they will work for you, you can find a link by clicking here. If you need prescription sunglasses, you can also order these with a prescription by clicking where it says, “See prescription version.” The prescription ones offer even more choices in lenses, so you may want to consult with your eyewear provider to decide which ones will be best for you.