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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Making Life Easier

Last week, a Library user was telling some of the staff about the cane she was using. It came from Community Caregivers of Greater Derry. None of us had heard of the Community Caregivers, so I decided to look into the organization. I found they had a website. Their "Loaner’s Closet for Durable Medical Equipment" carries canes, walkers, shower chairs, bed trays, etc. Medical items are expensive to purchase and hopefully will be needed for only a short period, so it makes sense to borrow them--that's a service Community Caregivers provides!

As often happens, on the same day we learned about the organization, the Derry News ran an article! Serendipity is amazing, isn't it?

What I find most amazing about the organization is its goal is to serve elderly and disabled people, helping them remain independent in their homes, and, to not to charge for their services. The organization runs on donations, grant money, etc. It also is not restricted to residents of Derry, thus, Windham users can take advantage of the service. How great is that?

Photo from the Community Caregivers' site.

Adapting a home for the elderly or infirm, can be done with the assistance of a book such as Easy Things to Make--to Make Things Wasy: Simple Do-It-Yourself Home Modifications for Older People and Others with Physical Limitations by Doreen Greenstein [362.4 GRE] and online by doing a Google search on terms such as "accessibility adaptations" or "universal design for homes."

If you, or a loved one, needs assistive equipment that is beyond a simple pair of crutches or a bedpan, AbleData
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Help is available to make life easier, you just need to know where to find it!

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