30 Useful Things/Gifts/Hacks for a Wheelchair User

This is an original Youtube video which can be found here. These products are not sponsored or in review, they are simply a list that may be helpful for someone else. Please keep in mind that the links to products are mere examples to show and give information about the items, and there may be better places to purchase such items.
  1. Micellar water: This requires no sink or water, and all you need is a cotton pad/cleaning cloth to remove makeup and/or oil and dirt from your face. I use this 3-4 times a week and advise to wash your face with a cleanser in between days (I use the Cera Ve foaming cleaner). The video on the 21 face cleansers I’ve tried, can be found here.
  2. Cotton squares/circles: These are basic cotton pads that can be found almost anywhere. I use them to clean my face with some water and cleanser, or to take off face masks. Any cleansing needs without the hassle of a sink.
    • Swisspers Cleaning Pads squares
    • oval circle thingies
  3. Face makeup wipes: I use these when I need to take my makeup off and am too tired to wash my face. Then I follow up with some micellar water on a cotton pad.
    • Ponds make-up remover wipes examples can be found here.
  4. Body wipes: If you aren’t able to shower and need something that can keep you clean, there are a bunch of body shower wipes out there on the market. I have only tried this venture twice, so can’t speak on the best wipes, but this can be a start.
  5. Shower exfoliating wash glove: This is super helpful when washing in the shower/bath as you don’t have to worry about dropping anything, and/or if someone is assisting with the cleansing, they are able to provide a great exfoliating scrub.
  6. Diapers/pull-up briefs: These are life savers for traveling. They can also be great options for everyday and night concerns, there are also diaper underwear for the pool/water, and cover sheets for the bed, among other items that may be helpful, found at Northshore, for example. I did my first review video on the Abri-Flex diapers, which can be found here.
    • Abri flex by Northshore: These are great for moderate liquid and are actually briefs/pull-up diaper underwear. I suggest getting a free sample first, which Northshore is amazing at doing, just email them with the item and your size.
  7. Black toilet seat (via the Youtube video): I prefer a high toilet seat and this adds a 2.5 inch height extra with a very wide toilet seat that is great for balance. Find the cheapest items on Amazon.
    • Big John Products: I’ve had mine for 5 years now and still looks very new and durable; very thick plastic.
  8. Shower shampoo cap: If you need a fast hair wash and don’t have the time to take a shower/bath, try a shower shampoo cap. Not meant for very long, thick hair, which I have, so I’m curious to see how these will work for me. I have yet to try it and will review and compare it to using the shampoo washing basin option below. For all future videos please subscribe at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-vXMSLAA4_N5Gt–b1L8Vw
  9. Shampoo washing basin (cure SMA care package gift): This is also an item I have yet to try, but I think it’s such a cool and portable idea, especially that it’s inflatable. You can take it to camping and such. They also have other products such as a hair washing tray to let the water drip into a sink.
  10. Circular towel: This is a full, large circle towel with a diameter of five feet. These are great because instead of getting one towel for my seat and a second towel for me, I can just have one circle towel under me (if I go swimming), but then can keep warm with the extra fabric. And it’s heavy enough to be a blanket over me, in which I can tuck some towel under my knees and still feel free.
    • I got mine at shopstrands.com (they have them on sale until December 31, 2018), then they close shop. But there are a lot on options online.
  11. Wool rug fleece (cure SMA care package gift): This helps you keep warm (I use it under my bed, but you can use it on a couch or car seat), helps with pressure sores, is soft enough but doesn’t make me sink into my bed, and helps keep away some moisture.
  12. Memory foam-like pillow (cure SMA care package gift): I can’t do soft, fluffy, big pillows, as I get stuck and then can’t move, so this thick, moldable pillow is great. It is also pretty heavy, so won’t move around if I toss and turn.
  13. Hair ties: I keep a bunch on my joystick and if I need to do my hair or close a package, it’s super convenient; I use thin ones to hold things together and the thicker ones for my hair. They are better and more reliable than rubber bands.
  14. Manicure scissors: These are small and easy to use to open packages and cut through things, versus regular, large scissors.
  15. Carabiners: These are durable and can be found almost anywhere, especially camping stores. They come in different shapes and metal compact, so pick ones that you need, considering what their duties will be.
  16. Bike lights: These are so much fun when they light up at night. They give a huge glow and enough to be able to see the sidewalk in front of you for about 6 inches, so keep your eyes open. The only down side is that they aren’t direct light to see for any dips in front of you, but are waterproof (I’ve assumed). But, their battery compact is bulky and hard to open and close, I had to tie it up with tough string because it wouldn’t close back up. Then, I hang the battery/control button in a little bag I cling onto a carabiner on my chair.
    1. Wheelbrightz have different color options. They are waterproof bike lights, and one is enough for me at about 7 feet long.
  17. Metal on chair loops: These are meant for strap-downs to hold the chair down in a moving vehicle, but when not is use, I like to use them to be holders for scissors or brushes. They’re like my personal wheelchair pockets.
  18. Socks/sewn things on footrest: This is a personal choice because I like something soft on my footrest, water absorbent, and washable.
    • Hand-made things I made, but have used thick socks on each footrest, however, they tear easily because I bump into everything, so you want soft and durable material.
  19. Cushion cover & plastic: I made this out of cotton so that I can easily slide on the seat, but it’s also comfortable. Then between the cotton cover and my chair seat, I place a Target bag plastic so that if I leak and get the cotton cover dirty, it won’t leak into my chair seat cover and then cushion.
    • Hand-made, but I’m sure there are options out there.
  20. Superglue: I this use when I notice my armrests start to crack and at the first sign, I’ll put some glue over the area, and let it dry. I haven’t found the perfect glue yet, as they don’t hold too well and my armrest keeps cracking.
  21. Nail polish: This goes along with the superglue for the cracking armrest, so after the glue dries, I use nail polish to make the armrest presentable. You can use black nail polish to cover up anything else on your chair (if it’s black that is, or pick a different color).
  22. Long wooden yard stick: This is my favorite thing because it helps me reach things, push things closed, and readjust high to reach items.
  23. Back scratcher (cure SMA care package gift): I don’t know why, but this is simply so very fun! I love to use it to pull things to me and grab things from high places. It’s not as long as the yard stick, but is still light and small enough for not-too-far-away-things. The best part is that is folds up into a fork-like-size and can be easily stored.
    • Telescopic back scratcher at 20 inches, and can be found online anywhere.
  24. Wall hooks in a row: This is one of those things that is hard to explain. It’s like something that has a metal stick and then hooks on it like a rake. These can be mounted to anywhere and you can have it at your desired height to hang a hat or scarf on.
  25. Individual hanger hooks for wall: These are so helpful if you want to hang something at your level in random places, for example, these ones.
  26. Conference name holder badges: Sometimes these are a one-time use, and other times, these are awesome for everyday uses because they can hold a pen, your phone, notes, and wallet–all while around your neck and easy to reach placement.
  27. Phone grip for tablet or phone (or other things you need help gripping/holding): I love this little thing and the glue power on it is super awesome. The elastic band wears and tears after a few years, but still works. I’ve had mine for over two years and still love it.
    • I got mine as a promo swag thing, but you can get them at LoveHandle Phone Grip.
  28. Remote control outlets (cure SMA care package gift): Anything remote control is fun and this is super fun. They are a bit bulky and are only one outlet her thing, but they come in packs of two, three, four, five or six (I think). You can control them with a remote control or each one has a manual switch on the outlet and a light switches on when they’re on.
  29. Remote control for light/fan: This was done for me years ago and I have no idea how and by whom, but it’s always helpful to be able to turn the fan off while in bed or dim the lights from my wheelchair.
  30. Tablet/phone flexible holder (cure SMA care package gift): This is a flexible (although hard to rearrange/reshape the plastic), to position your phone or tablet to a certain location (or anything you can fit into the rectangle space). It comes in white and has an adjustable phone/tablet holder that expands and shrinks (but no smaller than a regular smart phone and no bigger than a mini iPad). The mount is great and easily adjustable to desired surfaces.
About Cure SMA: support for those effected by spinal muscular dystrophy, and a great non-profit that send me some of these items in the SMA adult care package.
This is not a sponsored article, just things I thought of that I’ve used/things I find helpful, as someone in a wheelchair, that I thought might be helpful for others. I am not affiliated or have been asked to review these services.
Thanks for stopping by! Hope you find something helpful 🙂 If you have any items that you find helpful, feel free to leave a comment.
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30 Useful Things/Gifts/Hacks for a Wheelchair User

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