Adaptive Devices and Hacks for DM

Myotonic often gets questions from the community about adaptive devices that can help people living with DM manage activities of daily living, especially with tasks around the house. Our fabulous support group facilitators helped put together this list. We want to hear about devices you use and what tips and tricks help you. Please email Leah.Hellerstein@myotonic.org or call 415-872-7924; we’ll keep this list going and add your favorite tips and tricks!

  • Back scratcher for picking up clothes and anything off the ground, as well as opening and closing drawers and doors
  • Hand-held nutcracker for opening water bottles or 2-liter lids
  • Sock-Aids - helps individuals put on socks or stockings easily and independently
  • Toothpaste squeezers
  • Electric toothbrushes 
  • Toilevator - raised toilet seat that is installed under the base of your toilet, adding 3.5 inches of additional height
  • E-Z Spray Handle - Lightweight but sturdy plastic adapter fits most household and personal care aerosol cans to make spraying easier
  • Robot vacuum cleaners  – Vacuum cleaners that don’t require bending down or pushing
  • Touch lamps -  lamps that only require a light tap/touch to turn on and off
  • Velcro clothing fasteners – easier than buttons
  • Dome lids – to help with spilling

Find more adaptive tools, tips and tricks here, and here. Interested in learning more about progression and maintaining quality of life, including helpful tools and resources? Watch the Strategies for Managing Progression session by Dr. Cynthia Gagnon from the 2018 Myotonic Annual Conference.

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