Luckily in this day and age we have a lot of resources and equipment at our fingertips. As someone with a disability, there’s quite a few items I need in my everyday life to help it run more smoothly. Now, I don’t have unlimited funds (if only) so I don’t have every product that could potentially make my life easier, but I thought I’d share a few things I couldn’t live without.

  1. PJ’s – Aren’t pyjamas in the Spoonie handbook? I practically live in my jarmies.
  2. Medication – I don’t think I need to explain this one.
  3. Powerchair – Since having a powerchair I’ve been out for longer and more often. I’m still in quite a lot of pain but the benefits greatly outweigh the downsides.
  4. Automatic car – I don’t know what I’d do without a car. I have so many appointments at various hospitals, I travel back up north to visit my family a lot, and I quite enjoy driving. Auto makes it really easy on my shoulders too, which is always good.
  5. Hoist – My robot arm (as my nephew calls it) in the boot of my car has made my life so much easier. I can actually go out on my own, something I’d not done in years.
  6. Heat pads/hot water bottle – Joint saviours, not for this time of year as I severely overheat, but when it’s cold out I’m so grateful for the warmth on my bones.
  7. Knee cushion – A funny shaped cushion that I lie with in bed so my knees don’t touch and cause me agony. Great little squishy thing.
  8. Chunky grip cutlery – Since my hands are rubbish, I have wide gripped cutlery that are easier to hold, makes eating less painful, well, on my hands at least.
  9. Pen grips – Same thing as above, I use them on my makeup brushes too.
  10. Perching stool – I keep my perching stool in the bathroom so I can do my skincare routine sat down by the sink; much more comfortable.
  11. Grabber – I bloody love my grabber, if I drop something, I don’t have to bend down. I even use it to load the washing machine.
  12. TENS machine – I’ve used a TENS for almost a year and found it really helps with certain types of pain, definitely something I couldn’t live without now.
  13. Shower seat – Well, I need to shower and I can’t do it standing up, so a shower seat is a massive help.
  14. Toilet frame – This is kind of self-explanatory, it helps me get up off the toilet.
  15. Splints/supports/braces – For obvious reasons.
  16. Medication organiser – My boyfriend organises my medication weekly and I can see whether I’ve missed a dose, depending on if I can remember what day it is, ha.
  17. Medication alarms – I set alarms on my phone to remind me to take my meds. Granted, I sometimes switch them off and don’t get my tablets but most of the time I’m on it.
  18. RADAR key – If you’re disabled I highly recommend a RADAR key as then you can gain access to disabled toilets.
  19. Key turner – Similar to pen grips etc, a key turner is a handle for keys to make it easier to open doors.
  20. Grab rails – I have grab rails on my front door and in my bathroom so I can pull myself up/move.
  21. Beanbag lap tray – The bean bag makes it easier to balance on my lap, I use it for eating and sometimes with my laptop on.
  22. Blankets – Especially during A/W, I need all the blankets to keep warm.
  23. Planner – This is mainly because I’m a stationery addict but also because I can’t remember anything.
  24. Phone/laptop/iPad – I need to be able to connect with people be in text, whatsapp, email or Twitter.
I think that’s about it. I can guarantee I’ll post this list and there’ll be an array of other things I use on the daily that I’ve completely forgotten about.
What can’t you live without?


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    Couldn't help laughing at the medication alarms! I have them too but somehow still miss doses-how dopey can you be *haha*. Need to get me one of these radar keys it's so annoying going up to the bar and having to explain that I might look disabled but they can watch me try to climb the stairs if they want a visual. Argh! Great list. X

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