John F Dean wrote:Hi Lorrine,
What you are doing seems to be working for you. In order to sleep tonight, I do have to share. Suction hand grips, suction grab bars , etc. terrify me. If they release at the wrong moment, a great deal of damage can be done.
John F Dean wrote:Hi Jennie,
Thanks for getting back. I feel better. Those suction cup grips may have a place .... I am thinking maybe temporary use in a motel room, but even then I would be very worried.
Anne Pratt wrote:Cheli, Margaret, welcome! So happy to have you here.
This thread has had some discussion of modifications we can make to our practices to make gardening accessible as we get less strong and mobile, and I would like to encourage more of this talk!
What else, folks, can we do to make our homesteading lives last longer?
We talked about higher raised beds. What about specialized tools? Modifications to pathways? Perennial vegetables and flowers? Congregate living?
The soft foam "puzzle" type ones are great for kneeling on, but probably would be hard for wheelchairs, but they're easy to put down and take back up, so if the current danger is falls, it might be worth trying. I'm not sure how UV stable they are. My sisters put them at the bottom of my mom's basement stairs when she was getting frail but still going down to do her laundry. They certainly make for more comfortable standing on a concrete floor.
Lorinne Anderson wrote:For paths, what about those 2x2 rubber/foam mat/squares that lock together? They could be laid atop any smooth surface (dirt, concrete, mulch) be soft(er) in a fall and for kneeling on, and yet, still smooth enough for wheeled devices, including barrows.
Not sure they hit the permie definition, but they do seem to last forever...
Things can get pretty chaotic around my place, so despite complaints from the "cheep" seats, I set timers.
I still use a stove top tea kettle, but I would not be honest if I said I had never let one boil dry.