Limited mobility & grooming: What tools can help my grandma care for her hair?

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What tools can help my grandma care for her hair?

Question

My grandma’s Parkinson’s makes her arms and hands feel weak. As a result, she is finding it difficult both to wash and dry her hair – two activities that have always been important parts of her grooming routine. Do you have any suggestions?

Our answer

To wash her hair, your grandma could try pouring some shampoo onto a long-handled sponge or brush and then rubbing her hair with it. For hair drying, consider a device that holds a blow dryer on a counter or vanity.

Below are some direct links to examples of these products, which range in price from $20 to $60 (Cdn):

  • Beauty Hair Washer (at Groupe ERP) is a lightweight, ergonomically designed hair washing aid that allows users to reach their entire scalp during shampooing.
  • Aidapt Long-Handled Brush and Comb Set (at eBay Canada) features extra-long, ergonomically-designed handles with rubber grip.
  • Hair Dryer Holder, by Drive MedicalDrive Hair Dryer Holder (at LifeSupply) can be placed on a counter or table. Its flexible neck adjusts to any position and holds any blow dryer; foam padding holds the dryer in place.

If your grandma has weak grip strength, she may need to use foam tubing to improve her ability to hold the long-handled brush/comb or hair washer. Below is a direct link to an example of such a product:

  • Colour Coded Handle Foam, by SP Ableware-MaddakColor Coded Handle Foam by SP Ableware-Maddak (at ArthritisSupplies.com) can help to increase the size of the handle on hard to grasp items. This product is available from a U.S. retailer and costs about $14 (U.S.), plus an additional shipping fee. 

 

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