Zubits magnetic shoe lace magnets offer another solution to those still wanting to use lace-up shoes following a stroke, but who find the task of making knots tedious and frustrating. This patent-pending product allows you to slip your foot into a wide-open shoe and then secure the laces with an easy-to-use magnet that keeps your shoes on your feet for all kinds of activities. Zubits come in an array of colors so you can continue to use your favorite shoes without the hassle of laces! Check out the website: https://zubits.com/ for purchase information, videos and instructions.
Dressing independently following a stroke is a challenge for many people and while companies offer assistive dressing devices, sometimes finding the right style of clothing is even more important. Trial and error will be an important component in any recovery but hearing what others found useful can help point you in the right direction. This post comes as a suggestion from one of our readers who wanted to share how she found the best style of pants following her stroke. She writes “First thing I learned was stop wearing shorts with buttons and zippers. What a nightmare. I learned to wear shorts with an elastic waist. It was too stressful trying to unbutton and unzip in a hurry and I always seemed to need someone’s help. It was also easy to wrap the waist around my thumb, since I had limited use. By wearing the shorts or pants with elastic waists it gave me a sense of relief from avoiding an embarrassing situation.”
Have you found that living with one sided weakness has made it really hard to wear shoes with laces because tying them is nearly impossible? Here are a few tips to help you bring back the laces and regain some of your dressing independence. Ditch the classic two looped knot for this one-handed knot and start wearing your favorite lace up shoes again. Directions accompanied by diagrams and pictures can be found on the website at the end of this post!
A suggestion from one of our readers: “Having limited use of my left arm after my strokes created a dilemma when it came time to tie my shoes. For a while I did have to have someone tie my shoes. At one point I could hold thing in my hand but had no strength. At this point when I would go to tie my own shoes, I would wrap the left shoestring around my left finger. This gave me the added leverage needed to pull my strings tight. This allowed me to tie my own shoes. I might add if you cannot bring your leg up to allow greater access to the shoe, try sitting on the bed, piece of furniture, I have even sat on the bottom of the stairs, that are low to the ground.”
For instructions on how to tie this knot, copy and paste this link into your browser: http://www.fieggen.com/shoelace/onehandedknot.htm
For lacing instructions and sizing, copy and paste the following link into your browser: http://www.fieggen.com/shoelace/onehandedlacing.htm
Follow the link below to view and purchase bathing and grooming aids such as a one handed nail clipper, bath kit, angled hairbrush and mounted finger scrub brush! The site is advertised for individuals with arthritis, but many of their products may also be extremely helpful to those with one sided weakness. The remarkably easy to use website also features kitchen aids, household aids and mobility aids.
This video comes to us from South Carolina as well and features a creative, cheap tip to conquering those pesky jacket zippers. Like many other one handed tasks, patience is the key to success with this trick, even with the help of the shoe lace tied to the zipper. Enjoy!