Guess what? I actually have a question and not a gripe for a change (smile)!
It's been a couple weeks since Dad's "minor" stroke, and for the most part, he seems to be taking things well. We want to start Occupational Therapy, but I won't be able to afford it until the move, and Medicare only covers hospice or OT, and I'd rather keep the hospice.
I've picked up a few things here and there. The OT at the hospital taught me how to dress Dad a little easier by starting with the challenged arm first, then the head, then the other arm.
I've purchased Dad some new pants that look like traditional casual pants but don't have zippers or buttons. There's a "mock fly" so he doesn't feel like he's wearing "old man pants".
Eating has been a little challenging. So far it's been a LOT of sandwiches cut into fours and finger foods. Dad gets frustrated when trying to eat a more traditional meal. It was already challenging enough with his sight, but now that he can't use his left hand to hold bread to push food onto his fork, he's struggling a bit.
I did some online research, but I'm overwhelmed with the amount of adaptive utensils out there. I'm not sure what to get.
So far, my other "must haves" include folding straws, cups with lids (but not the sippy cup looking ones. Dad hates those), and antibacterial hand wipes since Dad has a hard time washing his hands with soap.
Is there a guide or resource out there that would give me some pointers on helping Dad keep as much independence as possible... or a basic shopping list of some sort?