I have my homestead design optimized for the health limitations me and my mom are most likely to have to deal with looking at our histories: strength, vision, walking, climbing are accounted for. Mom broke her arm the other day. Not badly, it will heal quick, she has exercised daily for 30 years, has eaten healthy for many year, takes goods vitamins, and we are treating it well. But it made me think. I don't have things optimized for being unable to use one hand or arm to do things. I'm looking at what she can't do easily right now, and trying to think of whole homestead level fixes. Things like make the gates work correctly (the garden gate at this rental is held shut by twist ties and leans, so you have to hold the gate and then tie it, not easy one handed) is easy, but what about other things I may have not considered?
In the thread Gifts for challenged people
Jack Edmonson put an excellent post, quoted here in full:
Jack Edmonson wrote: My Uncle made a cutting board for my Cousin whom had suffered a blood clot stroke in her 20's and lost the most the use of one side of her body, and the complete lose of use in her hands. She was single and lived alone. (She was fiercely independent.) He took a wooden cutting block and drove stainless nails through the bottom of the board, exposed about an inch. This allowed her to place a vegetable or even a piece of meat on the cutting board; and have it stay in place while cutting with her one hand. I thought it was an ingenious solution to a very frustrating problem. One that might make a thoughtful gift to someone that is challenged in working one handed.
That's an excellent idea!
I'm trying to work good ideas into the design of our place, and would love more of them. If you have this problem, how do you cope?
How do you do things if two hands are not an option?