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Essential Grooming Ideas for Amputees

Brushing your teeth, flossing, shaving, etc. – most people take these activities for granted because they do them on a daily basis without much struggle, if any.

But not all people can easily perform the movements required in the typical grooming routine. Those with limb loss, for instance, can find grooming a trying experience, without the aid of expensive devices.

However, you don’t have to shell out lots of cash to retain your independence and privacy in the bathroom. With just a bit of ingenuity and some “life hacks”, you can do your grooming tasks alone. Keep in mind, though, your first priority is your own health. Don’t ever put yourself at risk for the sake of convenience.

Now, with that being said, let’s go over some helpful grooming and bathing tips.

If you have a hard time gripping or holding small bathroom items (e.g. toothbrush) with your prosthetic hand or hook, then …

  • Buy items with thicker handles,
  • Wrap items with foam rubber tubing, or
  • Insert them into a bicycle handle grip.

If you have no arms and cannot brush your teeth …

  • Secure your electric toothbrush to the sink countertop with a clamp.
  • Use a pump dispenser to put toothpaste onto the brush.
  • Once in your mouth, the vibrating brushes can do the rest.

If you have one arm and cannot floss your teeth …

  • Instead of string-style floss, use the double-pronged “tuning fork” flossing tools (can be found at most drugstores).

If you have one arm but want to brush and dry your hair at the same time …

  • Mount your hair dryer on the wall, preferably at head height, with the nose pointed out.
  • Move your head around in front of the dryer until your hair is dry.

If you have a hard time shaving …

  • Use an electric rotary razor or a flexible-headed razor.

Have you sustained limb loss as a result of someone else’s negligence? If so, call the experienced amputation attorneys at Wilshire Law Firm today to determine whether you have a valid injury claim against the liable party. You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, past and future lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. However, time is of the essence – if you delay for too long, you will be barred from filing your claim. So call us today at (800) 522-7274 for a FREE consultation.