Muscle weakness can make chewing and swallowing difficult. Try mincing meat, salads and hard fruit in a food processor to a pâté-like consistency.
There is no need to lift up cups and bottles if you add a straw!
Weakness in the fingers and hands can make gripping cutlery difficult. Strap-on or contoured grip cutlery can make eating easier.
Homemade hummus and guacamole are some great-tasting, simple to make, healthy snack ideas that do not require any chewing.
Grab bars are an inexpensive way to make getting around the home easier – whether that is getting into and out of a wheelchair, getting into the shower, going up the stairs or getting out of bed.
This eliminates the need for climbing stairs, which can be difficult as muscles weaken.
Corner protectors help prevent cuts and bruises from falls, which may become more common as DMD progresses.
Muscle weakness can make it more difficult to find a comfortable sleeping position. A pressure-relief mattress may provide greater support and comfort.
Muscle weakness can make using a smartphone, tablet or computer more difficult. Mouldable gripping aid shapes can aid touchscreen use and typing.
Limited grip strength can make activities like painting challenging, but there is no need to miss out on art class! Try poking paintbrushes through an old tennis ball for an easier grip.
As writing and typing become more challenging, you might want to download a speech-to-text app, which ‘types’ what you say.
Quicker, less messy and more comfortable, hair-washing trays are an inexpensive way to modify your bathroom.
While they are one of the more expensive home modifications, walk-in bathtubs make getting in and out of the bath a whole lot simpler.
Shower chairs or stools can make getting cleaned up a lot safer and easier.
Adjustable, removable bars that fit right around the toilet can add that bit more of convenience.
Be clear on what is important to you by making notes before difficult or serious conversations – whether it is with family members, friends or healthcare professionals.
Keep a list of activities that make you feel good on those days you need a pick-me-up. Examples could be having a massage, listening to music, going outside or seeing a friend.
Caring for someone with a disability can be tiring – both physically and emotionally. Taking breaks is an important way for you to stay healthy – both for yourself and your loved one.
Keep a list of any questions you may have about your child or young person’s care so that you can voice any concerns when the time comes.
Keeping all forms and medical information together makes it easier to find the information you need, when you need it.
That way you can pay extra attention to what the doctor is saying instead of worrying about remembering medical conditions or test results.
Ask your DMD team about sources of helpful equipment
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