Monday, June 3, 2013
Caregivers May Want to See if These Can Help With Shoes.
I saw these in an email from Caring.com. It was an article about whether caregivers liked these elastic shoelaces, called Locklaces. I have not seen these in person but seem to be a great idea. We have all seen this type of closure before but now to put them on shoes, is a great idea, seemingly perfect for those who have issues with finger dexterity and strength,and balance problems if you have to bend over for a period of time.
What caregivers liked about them???
They maintain tightness.
"I used to tie my shoes with the traditional method, even using the rabbit ears technique if the situation called for it. No longer! Lock Laces are extremely easy to use on any pair of shoes," says Abel. "It easily tightens and loosens at the simple push of a button. I even worked out for a few hours and they maintained the same tightness the whole time! I enjoy not having to tie my shoes again and again."
The pull-and-lock mechanism is easy.
"The pull-and-lock mechanism provides ease of synching up and tightening shoes, as well as releasing the lace for easy of removal of shoes," says Fred. "The Lock Laces also help a person quickly put on shoes and remove them, saving time and effort."
They turn any shoe into a slip-on.
"They sort of turn tie shoes into slip-ons," says Victoria. "Because the laces are elastic, they stretch as needed. I do not need to worry about falling/tripping, since the laces are secured to the top of the shoe and stay out of the way." "No more fumbling with trying to tie laces and keeping them tied," adds Carlene.
What caregivers did not like about them???
Illustrations on the package aren't clear enough or big enough.
"I had a lot of trouble getting them put in my shoes properly. The instructions were not only confusing to me but I had trouble seeing them. The illustrations were tiny, as was the size of the font used to print the directions," says Carlene. "If I hadn't had my son and daughter-in-law here to help me, I probably would never have gotten them in my shoes."
"Instructions were not very clear," adds Fred. "Would recommend a YouTube video or online link demonstrating how to initially lace, apply locks, and trim to size."
Some seniors may have problems setting them up.
"Snapping the two plastic pieces took a little pressure, which some people may not have in their hands," says Betsy.
The article suggests:
You Should Try Lock Laces if . . .
You (or your loved one) have manual dexterity problems.
You (or your loved one) have issues with your joints and hands.
You're looking for an easy alternative to constantly tying your shoes.
You want an easy way to slip sneakers on and off.
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(picture from Caregivers Blog)
I’ve traveled paths you’ve yet to walk
Learned lessons old and new
And now this wisdom of my life
I’m blessed to share with you
Let kindness spread like sunshine
Embrace those who are sad
Respect their dignity, give them joy
And leave them feeling glad
Forgive those who might hurt you
And though you have your pride
Listen closely to their viewpoint
Try to see the other side
Walk softly when you’re angry
Try not to take offense
Invoke your sense of humor
Laughter’s power is immense!
Express what you are feeling
Your beliefs you should uphold
Don’t shy away from what is right
Be courageous and be bold
Keep hope right in your pocket
It will guide you day by day
Take it out when it is needed
When it’s near, you’ll find a way
Remember friends and family
Of which you are a precious part
Love deeply and love truly
Give freely from your heart
The world is far from perfect
There’s conflict and there’s strife
But you still can make a difference
By how you live your life
And so I’m very blessed to know
The wonders you will do
Because you are my granddaughter
And I believe in you.
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