A very common question from little kids is how people with low vision, blindness, or other vision impairments use the bathroom or shower. It’s not just little kids who ask, as I have had teachers, friends, random adults, and even college suite mates that I share a bathroom with ask if I am capable of using the bathroom on my own, or if I even use the bathroom. Yes, just like sighted people, those with low vision are capable of using a bathroom independently. Assistive technology may help make the experience easier- and I’m not talking about the talking toilet paper dispenser (yes, it’s real, check out the patent here and see it on Amazon here). Here are six products I use to help me look and feel my best.
I put these on bottles in the shower so that way I can distinguish which bottle is which. These are hard adhesive plastic dots that I got a sheet of for about $4 from Maxi-Aids via Amazon. Get them here.
2 in 1 shampoo/conditioner
Speaking of bottles, I was always having trouble putting too much conditioner in my hair and having it look awful. By having the two pre-mixed together, I don’t have to worry about putting too much conditioner in my shoulder-length hair. I use Garnier Fructis and it can be purchased at almost any store that sells shampoo.
I live in a handicap-accessible dorm where we have built in metal support rails in the shower. However, portable railings with suction cups can easily be purchased, so users can easily stabilize themselves and have a point of reference in the shower as to where to stand or where objects are located, such as the faucet.
Often marketed towards little kids, these plastic devices hook up to a toothpaste tube and allow for someone to use one hand and push their toothbrush against the plastic slot and have the perfect amount of toothpaste dispensed. These can be found for about $7 on Amazon. Get one here.
Three sided toothbrush
These were amazing when I started having neck problems and had trouble brushing my teeth. They have toothbrush heads on the front and sides of the brush so the entire tooth can be brushed at once without having to move the head or neck. It is also to use if you have to brush someone else’s teeth. I got a pack of three for $8 from Maxi-Aids. Get them on Amazon here.
Full review coming soon, but I’ve been using the Quip over the last year and it has been my favorite toothbrush I have ever used. It’s small in size and easily fits in my hand. In addition, it is easy to switch out brush heads and easy to operate- it even has a built in timer. It can’t be purchased on Amazon, but you can get it from the manufacturer’s website here.
All of these tools are beneficial in my daily life, but I have recommended them countless times to friends who are dealing with injuries such as broken ankles, sprained wrists, and more. It shows that assistive technology can help almost everyone!