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Sam_ScopeSam_Scope Posts: 7,477Administrator Scope community team
Have you discovered something simple that’s made a huge difference to your life?

Maybe you’ve modified an Ikea product into something that would have cost the earth from a specialist shop. Or you’ve discovered a really useful app that could help others.

We love the community’s creativity and ingenuity, and your lived experience is so valuable. It’s great when those ideas are shared – so tell us yours!
Scope
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  • Adam_ScopeAdam_Scope Posts: 164Member Pioneering
    edited February 26

    Keep a chair in the bedroom to sit down while you dress and undress. This can help with any balance problems and makes it easier to put on socks and shoes. A chair with a firm seat and arms will be easier to manage than sitting on the side of the bed, and the arms will help you stand up afterwards.

    (shared by a community member)

  • Adam_ScopeAdam_Scope Posts: 164Member Pioneering
    edited February 26

    Kitchen tips

    If you cannot find or do not have a jar lid rubber opener but you have latex gloves wrap those round and twist instead. In some instances they work better.

    Instead of a magnetic lock, use magnetic locks on your cupboards.

    (shared by a community member)

  • Adam_ScopeAdam_Scope Posts: 164Member Pioneering
    edited February 26
    When preparing for travel always  phone ahead and ask for assistance. where possible try to allow for delays and unforeseen circumstances.. (shared by a community member)
  • Adam_ScopeAdam_Scope Posts: 164Member Pioneering
    edited February 26

    If you have a child that has difficulty sleeping, consider:

    Installing black-out blinds.

    Be mindful of bedroom colours -  Blues and greens are great colours for relaxation. Avoid bright colours that are stimulating to look at, such as red, yellow and orange in the bedroom.

    Remove all screen from sight  including TV, iPad, mobile phones and any other device.

    If sleeping away from home, take a familiar Item such as cuddly toy with you.

    (shared by a community member)

  • Adam_ScopeAdam_Scope Posts: 164Member Pioneering
    All posts from @Adam_Scope are tips originally shared by community members.
  • Antonia_ScopeAntonia_Scope Posts: 1,783Member Pioneering

    Magic whiteboard is great for all sorts of uses around the home - write-on, wipe-off sheets of static plastic. Creates a whiteboard from a roll - anywhere in seconds. I use it for visual timetables.


  • Sam_ScopeSam_Scope Posts: 7,477Administrator Scope community team
    These are great! Keep them coming :)
    Scope
    Senior online community officer
  • Adam_ScopeAdam_Scope Posts: 164Member Pioneering
    edited February 26

    If like me you find cutting difficult, buy sliced food where possible such as vegetables, cheese and chicken.

    I use slip on shoes to avoid laces and always try to get drinks in a container when I am in public to avoid spillages. 


  • Kate_ScopeKate_Scope Posts: 71Navigate Pioneering
    edited February 26
    https://www.argos.co.uk/product/4230429   my daughter has Cerebral palsy and finds lifting kettles hard. if we are out in the day at work and she is home from college, we fill this so she doesn't have to lift kettles :) her hand function is good and she can press buttons easily but her strength isn't enough to lift a kettle 
  • happy91happy91 Posts: 101Member Courageous
    Anyone who needs a bobble - cut the top off of an old sock. Hey presto, bobble. Saved me when not able to get out to the shops for one!
  • happy91happy91 Posts: 101Member Courageous
    If you have trouble getting out to the shops, getting an ASDA delivery for food is a great idea. If you ask them they will bring it right to the kitchen for you. Totally affordable too. Amazon Prime is also amazing for ordering things you need ASDA may not have, techno bits or toiletries and you will get it the next day.
  • Pippa_ScopePippa_Scope Posts: 5,858Member Disability Gamechanger
    Welcome to the community, @Kimberley01!
  • SeanchaiSeanchai Posts: 86Member Pioneering
    Some great tips there guys ....most so simple but it needs someone to make you think about it...then " click " the light comes on 🙂👍
  • SeanchaiSeanchai Posts: 86Member Pioneering
    edited March 15
    Yep Sam ...I have found something simple that makes a difference to my life ....I have been married to her for 46 years 🤔🙂😊 I hope she does not read this or I,m finished ) just my little joke guys ....I could not have managed without her in the last 20 years ...our plans were all on track , I was an engineer and planned to retire early and buy a wee place in the sun. I was also a driving instructor....and my health came crashing down ...that was our plans hit on the head .
    Always have a plan B ( are you listening Theresa May ?.) 😮🙂
  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Posts: 2,479Administrator Scope community team
    Use a slow cooker for everything! I buy chopped meat ready for stewing and throw everything else in. Press on and get on with the rest of the day. It saves a lot of time and stress 😀
    Couldn't agree more! I'm not a very adventurous cook and with good reason after once setting fire to spaghetti :D, but the slow cooker never lets me down.

    And thank you for sharing @Seanchai, that made me smile!
    Senior Online Community Officer
    Scope
  • thespicemanthespiceman Posts: 4,500Community champion Disability Gamechanger

    Hello @Adrian_Scope ; Thanks for sharing. Had a few friends who could burn water lol..

    Is there anything you wished to know. 

    Please ask me, always trying to put recipes on the forum.

    Easy to do and some are full of cheats, tricks and tips.

    Happy to help and be supportive.

    Take care.

    @thespiceman

  • debbiedo49debbiedo49 Posts: 2,799Member Disability Gamechanger
    I use a pizza slicer to cut meat like chicken into bite sized pieces during or after cooking  as I find it easier and safer than sharp knives. My grip varies and I drop knives ouch. 
    My electric cooker has a timer I would be lost without it. I have used electronic timers in the past which are just as good and mobile. Microwave with continuous sound timer on end of programme.
    Apps on my mobile phone have changed my life eg: medication reminder app with reminder to order. Alarms for everything I need like 4 in the morning for getting up, getting  a shower, getting ready, going out. I do everything in stages lol. Calender app with reminders to suit.  Step app for counting my steps which helps me overcome agoraphobia and feel achievement.  Banking app, kindle app and so on.
    Cordless iron so I can use either hand and no tangles on cord.
    I wear mainly pull on off clothes as I struggle with buttons etc 


    I am a fibrowarrior!
  • debbiedo49debbiedo49 Posts: 2,799Member Disability Gamechanger
    Do something you are a bit scared to do but would love to do every now and again.


    I am a fibrowarrior!
  • thespicemanthespiceman Posts: 4,500Community champion Disability Gamechanger

    Hello @Sam_Scope ; More kitchen tips, tricks and time savers.

    Buy hard cheese like Parmesan, Cheddar and others grate using food processor grater. Then to a plastic box one for fridge one for freezer.

    Then does not go off. Any left over cheese like you might use whether grated or not in to a freezer box.

    Great for toppings on Baked Potatoes add Lasagne or Pasta. 

    Have a jar of Pesto to stop from going off in the fridge when open. Add a thin film of olive oil.

    To make dressing for salad easier and cheaper to have a screw top jar.  Have Mayonnaise, Dijon Mustard, Lemon Juice as well as Olive oil. Extra Virgin is expensive ordinary Olive will do.

    Use a screw top jar. Coat measuring spoons in Olive Oil . Prevents excess on the spoon and slides off. Use this with honey.

    Any meat to use always remove a half hour or more to room temperature. From the fridge and leave.  On a kitchen unit before cooking into pan.

    Never from the fridge . Takes longer to cook straight from the fridge. This is because meat is cold and takes longer to come to room temperature. When in the pan.

    Always heat your pan up and keep the temperature minimum. Some pans have a spot which goes dark red when pan is ideal temperature.

    Fish if buying from pack remove from the pack onto kitchen towel pat dry and let it come to room temperature.

    Grease and oil plastic storage  boxes for storing food in the fridge or putting in the freezer. With tomato based sauces. Prevents staining of plastic boxes.  Use Rapeseed or Veg oil or Olive. With a kitchen towel to wipe on a thin film.

    Any left overs to cool down before storing in the fridge, add to a glass or Pyrex bowl. To a sink with cold water. This prevents hot food being stored in the fridge.

    Causing bacteria problems in food. Then when cooled down. To a greased oiled storage boxes.

    Hope that helps any body.

    Take care.

    @thespiceman

  • gaz1960gaz1960 Posts: 41Member Courageous
    Actipatch. An electromagnetic field pain relief device. Works on joints,not so good on soft tissue.

    Constant field of electromagnetic wave pulses in to the joint and blocks the pain signal to the brain. 

    Can highly recommend it. 

    Long(tiny)battery life! 720 hours continued use. Can switch on and off. 

    Battery can't be replaced,new device needed to be bought. (That's how they make the money folks)! 

    Usually about £19 to £24 each. 

    Great for knee pain. 

    A pity they don't make one to fit the whole of someone's body! :)
  • ThreesticksThreesticks Posts: 113Member Pioneering
    I like to make my own bread. I put all the ingredient into a plastic resealable bag and knead it in the bag. Hey-presto no sticky hands and easy to put it into the baking bread tray. Wash out the bag for your next batch.

    I can't get my kids in the oven, erm I mean bread lol. Because I can't bend down, so I get my kids to do it for me ( they are adults, still my kids though ). Working on a device to help with that one.  I know there are bread making machine, but it's not the same as making it yourself.
    If you fight, you won't always win. But if you don't fight you will always always lose.
  • AuraAura Posts: 31Member Connected
    All women are equal.  Deeds, not words.
  • Angela36Angela36 Posts: 11Member Courageous
    Cades, thank you for this brilliant tip.  So appreciated and I will pass it on. X 
  • Angela36Angela36 Posts: 11Member Courageous
    DEMENTIA Carer Tip 2

    I found putting a black mat on floor close to the front and back door was perceived as a hole ...therefore confused and delayed opening the front door (and going walkabout)  that delay gave me enough time to say something like,  “ kettles on, do you fancy a cuppa?” ..... I hope this tip helps you
  • MaxineAshleyMaxineAshley Posts: 28Member Courageous
    Suffering with mental health, depression, anxiety, agoraphobia, self harming and suicidal thoughts every day. 
    I have gotten into a habit of writing a gratitude journal so that I can write down things I’m grateful for, such as having a home, my pets, my husband, my mum, a fresh day, even just hearing the sound of the birds outside, the air I breathe etc. 

    I find if I do that I can feel better even if just for a couple of hours or even the whole day or just in that moment as I think about what is good in my life to take the negative thoughts away for a bit of time.

    Before sleeping, I use YouTube to do some meditation to help relax my painful body and clear my mind.

    I know this is completely different to the other comments as it’s not anything to help with physical things, which I also do suffer with, and have found many comments very helpful.

    So I’m grateful to be part of Scope’s community too.




    Writing my first novel, excited to get it finished.
  • debbiedo49debbiedo49 Posts: 2,799Member Disability Gamechanger
    Brilliant! @MaxineAshley 😃


    I am a fibrowarrior!
  • April2018momApril2018mom Posts: 1,183Member Pioneering
    Two more tips that have been useful 

    If we are at a pub or restaurant I politely ask the waitress if we could move one or two chairs to make room for a wheelchair. 
    On day trips I always try to find out if there is a disabled wheelchair friendly toilet on site for us to use.
    It simplifies what is often a challenging task for me. 
  • CockneyRebelCockneyRebel Posts: 5,246Community champion Disability Gamechanger
    I find remote control plug socket adapters very useful. Can turn on and off upto 5 from one controler useful for TV etc. Also use for outside security light
    Be all you can be, make  every day count. Namaste
  • April2018momApril2018mom Posts: 1,183Member Pioneering
    I can think of millions of tips 

    1. When concentrating on a project, assignment or any kind of work, put your mobile on do not disturb and download the app Hold from your app store/play-store, that way you can focus directly on the assignment, piece of work and your mobile is elsewhere holding. You can even use it for watching your fave soaps.

    2. Download apps like wunderlist,  to do list on your app store and store all of your to do on there.

    3. From Amazon order an Elfink book, it's really simple to write your To Do lists on your Elfinbook and then rub it off with a cloth, I use it for everything from writing notes, reminders, to lists and I take everywhere I go with me. But you will need an erasable pen.

    4. Use an app like coach.me for reminders for everyday essentials. Have I taken my meds this morning? it's logged on your mobile.

    5. Take your meds as prescribed by your GP

    6. Make use of websites outside of Facebook for social contact, join groups on facebook for your interests, activities, things you love doing.

    7. Use Siri if you struggle to text 

    8. Have an interest you love doing, don't just sit and dwell on illnesses and disabilities, make sensible plans for yourself

    9. If you have nice groups in your area, then why not try it out? if not suggest using online colleges and make use of your local college/university.

    10.   Stay away from faddy things that believe that long term illnesses and disabilities can be cured. You will see an advert on facebook "I tried slimming world and lost 18 lbs and my fibromyalgia is gone.

    11. Make use of youtube, Netflix or any kind of streaming service to help you through the day.

    12.  If you are feeling lonely and low at times, I know the feeling, it helps to have the radio on during the day or your favourite Spotify.

    13. Get some penpals, write letters, bullet journal.

    14. Play with your pets

    15. Always seek help you are feeling extremely low.
    Good advice!
  • GettinOldeGettinOlde Posts: 485Member Pioneering
    Use a slow cooker for everything! I buy chopped meat ready for stewing and throw everything else in. Press on and get on with the rest of the day. It saves a lot of time and stress 😀

    I will eat just about anything (apart from offal - mum used to try and make me eat tripe), but my partner's such a faddy eater and she gets worse by the day. :/
    Resident joker - not to be taken too seriously ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  • bluebobbluebob Posts: 13Member Connected
    Hi all if you have some pallets lying around why you do what I'm doing . I'm marking my own patio furniture it is so simple and is very satisfying to . I saw some furniture inHomebase last and it cost over £450  that's the main reason I made my own . I'm also getting people asking me how much do I sell them for . 
  • GettinOldeGettinOlde Posts: 485Member Pioneering
    Don't mention pallets to me, I have a very noisy neighbour who, after complaining of the sawing, hammering and drilling at all hours of the day and night (4 am in the morning?!?!?) over a period of 6 months, says he was deconstructing pallets - didn't say what for, but I suspect he's building a c4nn4bis farm or even bunks for his many regular 'visitors'. :#
    Resident joker - not to be taken too seriously ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  • bluebobbluebob Posts: 13Member Connected
    I'm really sorry to gets getinolde . I don't make to much noise as I respect others . All I do is take one set of legs off and screw together sand down and paint all done within 
     2 hours . I really do hope all is now quite on the western front.  Ron 
  • GettinOldeGettinOlde Posts: 485Member Pioneering
    edited June 27
    bluebob said:
    I'm really sorry to gets getinolde . I don't make to much noise as I respect others . All I do is take one set of legs off and screw together sand down and paint all done within 
     2 hours . I really do hope all is now quite on the western front.  Ron 
    Don't get me wrong, I think your's is a great idea - just don't like what my neighbour does with them in the adjoining flat.

    In fact, if you lived next door I'd commission you to make a patio set for me.
    Resident joker - not to be taken too seriously ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  • April2018momApril2018mom Posts: 1,183Member Pioneering
    One more tip don’t feel ashamed of your child’s weaknesses and limitations. 

    This is something I learned the hard way. Oh and do teach them life skills too. 
  • GettinOldeGettinOlde Posts: 485Member Pioneering
    One more tip don’t feel ashamed of your child’s weaknesses and limitations. 

    This is something I learned the hard way. Oh and do teach them life skills too. 
    ... and don't scrimp on the praise for your partner's efforts no matter how trivial you think they might be.
    Resident joker - not to be taken too seriously ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  • Tammyjane33Tammyjane33 Posts: 161Community champion Pioneering
    A tip for helping to save food especially if your on a budget. If you have any ingredients left over from a meal, you can gather left overs and put them into the fridge and use them to create a meal for the day after. I picked up that tip from a programme for people who live on a budget /low income. Hope this is of some help. 
  • thespicemanthespiceman Posts: 4,500Community champion Disability Gamechanger
    Hello @Tammyjane33 Pleased to meet you thank you for sharing.

    One other tip is to make enough for two meals.  Eat one and freeze the other.

    Freeze one in either a plastic tub.  First oil the tub with vegetable oil.

    Prevents staining if you do that.  Helps especially those meals with Tomato based sauces.

    Or use Zip bags and lay them flat to freeze then stand them up like a book. In the freezer saves space.

    I make batch cook all the time happy to help just contact me.

    Always have recipes.  Simple and easy.   Things like soups and Bolognese or Chilli plus lots more.

    Do not cost a lot.  

    Take care.

    @thespiceman
  • ellisaelellisael Posts: 7Member Listener
    I read this hack somewhere and it reeally blew my mind. Hope nobody has shared it already and if somebody has well, kudos, we prolly read the same magazines :smile: In case one has shoe bites because of a slight difference in the show size, it can be cured! One has to fill a bag with water that fits the shoes perfectly (2 separate bags for each) and then freeze them overnight. The freezing will ensure that the show expands just enough to rid your shoe bites and also not be too big for your foot. 
  • GettinOldeGettinOlde Posts: 485Member Pioneering
    Great tip - jus hate that online-press etc. now call them hacks.

    Resident joker - not to be taken too seriously ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  • GettinOldeGettinOlde Posts: 485Member Pioneering
    One other tip is to make enough for two meals.  Eat one and freeze the other.
    Right Spicey, now I can blame you for exacerbating my already enormous belly - if I make enough for two, I will eat enough for two. :p :joke:
    Resident joker - not to be taken too seriously ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  • bluebobbluebob Posts: 13Member Connected
    We said getinolde I'm the seem if the wife makes some really nice meals  and if I enjoy it there won't be any left to freeze especially  puddings mmmmmmmm my mouth is watering now lol . Hope everyone  is well and enjoying the sunshine
  • April2018momApril2018mom Posts: 1,183Member Pioneering
    bluebob said:
    We said getinolde I'm the seem if the wife makes some really nice meals  and if I enjoy it there won't be any left to freeze especially  puddings mmmmmmmm my mouth is watering now lol . Hope everyone  is well and enjoying the sunshine
    We love the sunshine. 
  • MikeRNevinMikeRNevin Posts: 2Member Connected
    I have been reviewing things that I find helpful on my blog site. The latest are slippers and socks. Velcro open completely slippers and two sizes bigger, wide top socks. I also generally look at helpful things. http://howcaring.com
  • pollyanna1052pollyanna1052 Posts: 370Member Pioneering
    accept help...dont be a martyr!
  • MikeRNevinMikeRNevin Posts: 2Member Connected
    This is my latest review from my blog http://howcaring.com ideas to help in selecting bedpans and urine bottles.

    The question on everyone’s lips is what bedpans and urine bottles do you buy? I’m sorry, but it would be top of your list if you were unable to go to the bathroom. But seriously these things are important to those of us limited with mobility and those who are Carers, paid and unpaid.

    I’m a man, I feel like I should add, “ooh Betty I’m a man.” As I did love “Some mothers do ‘ave em.” So, I am limited in my knowledge of female toileting needs, I am married though. So, I will try and cover both. 

    Let me start by saying I have a soft bottom. No, I’m not boasting, it’s a fact that results from spending a lot of time in bed. Therefore, bed pan shape and design are important. Let me take a step back here, if you’re reading this eating your breakfast, you are probably thinking, ‘what am I reading?’ If you are walking along reading on your phone; watch out for that lamp post! If you are reading this at work, what are you doing? Get back to work!

    Design; just imagine if your job was designing bed pans. It’s a very valuable job, but not one you are likely to shout about. I digress, as usual. A good design of bedpan has a wide smooth seat with rounded edges, think about a conventional toilet seat. Then think about depth, maybe not something you want to think too deeply about, no pun intended. But you are going to be filling this bedpan and a certain depth is needed for clearance purposes, if you see what I mean. “You feel me?” Is a ‘street’ expression that may be appropriate here. Another consideration is for your poor Carers, how easy is it to clean out. One practical idea is to put a temporary paper lining in before use. Much easier to dispose of. One problem that will decide on the depth of pan you buy is your degree of mobility. The shallower the pan, the easier to roll onto it. At least bedpans are unisex, now onto urine bottles, oh joy.

    ‘Ten green bottles, hanging on the wall.’ You won’t need ten and they hopefully won’t be green, but a urine bottle hanger is a great idea. I found chromium plated ones on Amazon very reasonably priced for a set of two.

    The bottles themselves take some consideration. Will you only use them in bed, or out and about? If only in bed, then it’s less important that they are totally leak proof when sealed. If out and about, you don’t want them to leak. Also note the cheapest ones have sharp edges around the opening. They can cause nasty scratches, ouch, I know from experience. Most urine bottles these days come with an add on female adaptor. It push-fits in the end, like a shaped funnel. Or you can buy a female only urine bottle. But the female only ones I’ve seen don’t have lids. Another consideration might be colour, do you want a see-through bottle? Or would you rather be more discreet if you have visitors or are out and about, you know bright red. Personally if you are a man and out in a wheelchair I recommend Conveens (See my blog ‘Not so public convenience’) If at home a urine bottle hanger enables you to hang the bottle on the side of your bed away from visitors.

    I found that trial and error was necessary to get what worked for me. Having stayed in several Nursing homes I also got to try several styles of both.

    May your experiences be good ones. It’s a difficult and embarrassing subject. I hope my attempts to lighten it have helped rather than hindered.

  • April2018momApril2018mom Posts: 1,183Member Pioneering
    If you are going on vacation check out the Travelling with Disability forum on TripAdvisor. Full of tips and ideas. 

    To order adapted clothing use this website http://www.disabled-clothing.co.uk/

    If you are new to caring I recommend this site https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/social-care-and-support-guide/ Lots of useful information 
  • brydiedwardsbrydiedwards Posts: 27Community champion Courageous
    This is probably well-known in the Scope community but as a theatre and music lover, when buying tickets I always call the venue (including festivals) to ask their policy as most offer an accompanying carer ticket for free :) 
    Oh and a little tip I learnt the hard way - learn your limits (physical or mental) and never apologise for sticking to them; only push yourself if you will gain personally and not just to 'keep up' with or avoid disappointing others.
  • April2018momApril2018mom Posts: 1,183Member Pioneering
    Here’s my useful tip

    My partner wanted to see a musical in the fall (we love musicals and plays) for his 27th birthday. So last night we found this website when doing some informal research. You can see comments on the quality of the seats as well. 
    http://www.theatremonkey.com/
    It contains a ton of information on seats. You can even see seating plans on the site too. Very useful. Oh and there is even the chance to review the play or musical afterwards as well. I recommend this site. Prices are listed in addition. 

    Going out for a meal in London?
    You will love this website. https://www.opentable.co.uk/london-restaurants
  • GettinOldeGettinOlde Posts: 485Member Pioneering
    Just recently discovered a way to open OXO cubes that don't leave you with sticky fingers.


    Only works with fresh cubes - this is what I found in Morrisons last year.


    Resident joker - not to be taken too seriously ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  • GettinOldeGettinOlde Posts: 485Member Pioneering
    edited July 28
    If you have a condensing tumble dryer, don't pour the condensate down the drain - save it to water your plants with.

    Resident joker - not to be taken too seriously ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  • pollyanna1052pollyanna1052 Posts: 370Member Pioneering
    If you have a condensing tumble dryer, don't pour the condensate down the drain - save it to water your plants with.

    Now you and I have water meters, this is a good tip. Thanks x
  • bluebobbluebob Posts: 13Member Connected
    I will tell the misses about that me thinks
  • April2018momApril2018mom Posts: 1,183Member Pioneering
    When growing fruit or vegetables, don’t be afraid to delegate jobs accordingly. 

  • Elsey66Elsey66 Posts: 157Member Pioneering
    Hair spray removes biro pen and felt pen from leather sofas, gloss furniture and laminated finishes. Spray on gently and dab with cotton tea towel. Discovered this when toddler almost ruined the sofa, purse friendly and does the trick. 
  • GettinOldeGettinOlde Posts: 485Member Pioneering
    When growing fruit or vegetables, don’t be afraid to delegate jobs accordingly.
    You'll have to call in The Herbs.
    Resident joker - not to be taken too seriously ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  • GettinOldeGettinOlde Posts: 485Member Pioneering
    Elsey66 said:
    Hair spray removes biro pen and felt pen from leather sofas, gloss furniture and laminated finishes. Spray on gently and dab with cotton tea towel. Discovered this when toddler almost ruined the sofa, purse friendly and does the trick. 
    What on earth possessed you to try hairspray - doesn't it damage the surfaces? Plus it is highly flammable. 😲


    Resident joker - not to be taken too seriously ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  • Elsey66Elsey66 Posts: 157Member Pioneering
    Elsey66 said:
    Hair spray removes biro pen and felt pen from leather sofas, gloss furniture and laminated finishes. Spray on gently and dab with cotton tea towel. Discovered this when toddler almost ruined the sofa, purse friendly and does the trick. 
    What on earth possessed you to try hairspray - doesn't it damage the surfaces? Plus it is highly flammable. 😲


    I read it online and it was a lifesaver when my daughter got hold of pens. I was crying because I couldn't afford a new sofa or furniture. I have to have everything clean and was really panicking when this happened. It worked, no damage and have used it since. Its saved me a fortune and only use the lidl hairspray. Great if you have young children who will seek out things like pens no matter how hard you hide them. 
  • LindaButler1970LindaButler1970 Posts: 24Member, Community champion Courageous
    Hi All

    Reading your tips has been really useful. I can only add that when using public transport I always need to spend a penny and I am unable to hold it really these days, best thing I ever got hold of is my Radar key which has been a life saver for those needs. Can be purchased via Amazon for about £1.87 for one.

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/s?k=radar+key+for+disabled+toilets&crid=37AN0QAOD60P&sprefix=Rad%2Caps%2C187&ref=nb_sb_ss_i_4_3
  • jajajaja Posts: 74Member Pioneering
    Great tips and ideas.

    I have found something so thought I would share. I have just purchased a towel wrap. It is essentially a towel you wrap around yourself but with shoulder straps and button fastening. It looks nicer than I've made it sound.

    If you cant manage a robe, suffer fatigue after showering or even need hands completely free this is worth a try.


  • GettinOldeGettinOlde Posts: 485Member Pioneering
    edited July 31
    ... I always need to spend a penny and I am unable to hold it really these days ...
    My local authority has closed all but two public toilets in my home town of Bath, a world heritage city, and its outlying areas. When I first had to attend an appointment at the Job Centre after claiming UC, I was told the nearest toilets were in McDonald's.
    Resident joker - not to be taken too seriously ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Posts: 3,328Administrator Scope community team
    Thanks everyone for all these tips, really helpful! :)
    Chloe
    Online Community Officer
  • Sam_ScopeSam_Scope Posts: 7,477Administrator Scope community team
    jaja said:
    Great tips and ideas.

    I have found something so thought I would share. I have just purchased a towel wrap. It is essentially a towel you wrap around yourself but with shoulder straps and button fastening. It looks nicer than I've made it sound.

    If you cant manage a robe, suffer fatigue after showering or even need hands completely free this is worth a try.


    I just got a towel wrap with velcro on the top from B&M's for about £6, it's not the most absorbent towel in the world, but great for handsfree wear when youre exhausted getting out of the shower!

    Scope
    Senior online community officer
  • LindaButler1970LindaButler1970 Posts: 24Member, Community champion Courageous
    I don't know if anyone has mentioned this but I find living with MS I have to be really mindful that I am unable to do the things I used to. Rather than being defeated I see this as little things I can do I'll spread it out over the week when it comes to cleaning I'll tackle on room at a time, and it may take a few days but I can do it, reward myself with a biscuit or cake and good thinking I've done this.   Preparing dinners I might chop things in the morning and tackle the rest later on in the day. Its all about adapting and not wearing yourself out.
  • bluebobbluebob Posts: 13Member Connected
    Gettinolde. I've this with oxo cube since I was a little just give them a little squeeze and the tear the foil and sprinkle it in what ever dish out gravy you are making 🥣🥣
  • thespicemanthespiceman Posts: 4,500Community champion Disability Gamechanger
    Hello @LindaButler1970   Thanks for sharing.  Another one like the ideas of food preparation in the morning.

    Then your ready to start. Another idea is to use food processor slicer for veggies and store them in clip bags or Zip bags easy storage.

    Done that this morning.

    Keep them in the crisp box or salad box fridge cooler there and will not go off.

    If you have a blender use jars sauces in the blender with already sliced Carrots helps to hide veggies sweetens the sauce no need for sugar.

    Do the same with Onions slicer attachment food processor into sauces.

    Just done Potatoes and Kale blanched and ready to be used in meals  now can store in fridge. Just add Kale last minute.

    Also ready cooked Potatoes, great in instant salad.  One teaspoon of Mayo, Horseradish a touch of lemon juice.

    I like your cleaning tips.   I do that . Great minds think a like. lol.

     I use still do make a peanut sandwich any favourite one hide it in the fridge do the task then eat the sandwich.

    PNB because energizes you more and is a healthy snack but consider housework or cleaning is an form of exercise.

    Helps you keep fit.

    Anything I can help with very happy to be supportive.  Any ideas or suggestions.

    Take care.


    @thespiceman


  • Sam_ScopeSam_Scope Posts: 7,477Administrator Scope community team
    You should write a blog on all your food prep ideas @thespiceman ;:)
    Scope
    Senior online community officer
  • thespicemanthespiceman Posts: 4,500Community champion Disability Gamechanger
    Hello @Sam_Scope    Been mentioned before by friends and fans. lol.

    I have so many ideas and things I do.  Happy as I do share and care every one of my ideas.

    Could be start of something could it not.  Do not know where to begin. 

    See what happens.

    Thanks as always the support.

    Your friend

    @thespiceman
  • Sam_ScopeSam_Scope Posts: 7,477Administrator Scope community team
    Give me a few days and let me see if I can find a good how to guide to starting a blog that's not too bamboozling! I have looked before but found the guides either trying to see something or very techy. 
    Scope
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  • MaxineAshleyMaxineAshley Posts: 28Member Courageous
    I’m going to start a blog, so I purchased the “Dummies” books to help me out. 
    As those books are so easy to read and quickly learn how to do things. 

    Wishing everyone today to have a good day. 
    Writing my first novel, excited to get it finished.
  • Sam_ScopeSam_Scope Posts: 7,477Administrator Scope community team
    I write a blog myself, I think I need to get down on paper some of the things I have learnt over the years! I find it so rewarding! :)
    Scope
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  • GettinOldeGettinOlde Posts: 485Member Pioneering
    edited July 31
    bluebob said:
    Gettinolde. I've this with oxo cube since I was a little just give them a little squeeze and the tear the foil and sprinkle it in what ever dish out gravy you are making 🥣🥣
    👍
    Well, you could have told the rest of us a little sooner - it would have saved us loads of time trying to tear the foil off and then getting our fingers all sticky and gooey when crumbling them into hot water. 😝
    Resident joker - not to be taken too seriously ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Posts: 3,328Administrator Scope community team
    edited July 31
    I'm with you there @Sam_Scope on that one!

    @MaxineAshley, what would you blog about? I always love finding new blogs to read!
    Chloe
    Online Community Officer
  • bluebobbluebob Posts: 13Member Connected
    I'm so so sorry gettinolde my friend but didn't think it until I saw your post once again I'm sorry lol lol


  • MaxineAshleyMaxineAshley Posts: 28Member Courageous
    @Chloe_Scope

    I have a couple ideas about doing my blog.

    1. Living with agoraphobia, while I write my novel. 

    2. Also being a vegan with ideas for recipes and makeup, perfumes, all toiletries and clothes too. 

    And a few other ideas too. 
    Writing my first novel, excited to get it finished.
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Posts: 3,328Administrator Scope community team
    Ooo you have lots of different things to write about @MaxineAshley! All really interesting as well. What is your novel about?
    Chloe
    Online Community Officer
  • MaxineAshleyMaxineAshley Posts: 28Member Courageous
    @Chloe_Scope

    My novel is the first in a trilogy, it’s a comedy romance with the ups and downs of my main character.

    Also I’m writing children’s stories too. 

    And I have so many ideas about other stories for novels too. 

    My brain is full of ideas, and my laptop has so many stories I have started writing each story so far. 

    I love the freedom of writing and allowing my creative mind take over the other parts that I need to forget about. 
    Writing my first novel, excited to get it finished.
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Posts: 3,328Administrator Scope community team
    They all sound really good @MaxineAshley! I know that feeling, writing can be do lovely. :)
    Chloe
    Online Community Officer
  • GettinOldeGettinOlde Posts: 485Member Pioneering
    edited July 31
    I'm thinking of starting a Scope video-blog for How-To guides on doing this-that-and-the-other on the site.

    The Dummies Guide to Navigating Scope 💡


    Resident joker - not to be taken too seriously ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  • April2018momApril2018mom Posts: 1,183Member Pioneering
    To teach things like fractions, numbers, colors and shapes etc I use workbooks and educational apps. I also use fun games to reinforce concepts.   
  • jajajaja Posts: 74Member Pioneering
    Sam_Scope said:
    jaja said:
    Great tips and ideas.

    I have found something so thought I would share. I have just purchased a towel wrap. It is essentially a towel you wrap around yourself but with shoulder straps and button fastening. It looks nicer than I've made it sound.

    If you cant manage a robe, suffer fatigue after showering or even need hands completely free this is worth a try.


    I just got a towel wrap with velcro on the top from B&M's for about £6, it's not the most absorbent towel in the world, but great for handsfree wear when youre exhausted getting out of the shower!


    Not just me then. Didn't know they had them in B&M. I shall look.
  • Sam_ScopeSam_Scope Posts: 7,477Administrator Scope community team
    I'm thinking of starting a Scope video-blog for How-To guides on doing this-that-and-the-other on the site.

    The Dummies Guide to Navigating Scope 💡



    That is something we have thought about before! Do people think this would be helpful to have video guides to navigate the site?
    Scope
    Senior online community officer
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