Work Smarter... Not Harder

Simple Things You can DO to Prevent Fatigue

#1 In the Kitchen

  • Use sliding shelves or a lazy Susan in the back of cupboards for an easier reach.
  • Store pans and dishes you use most often near the stove at waist height.
  • Prepare simple meals... make extra for freezing and reheating.
  • Use a jar opener.
  • Wear an apron with pockets to carry around utensils and cleaning tools.
  • Rest after you eat (the dishes will wait).
  • Use paper plates and plastic utensils to cut down on dish washing.

#2 Walking

  • Walk at a slow pace (don’t get in a hurry).
  • Place chairs throughout your home for “rest stops”.
  • Focus on performing your steps “one at a time” and rest between if needed.

#3 Household Chores

  • Keep laundry items at waist height and use a top loading washing machine.
  • A Long Handled Reacher is your Friend! Use it to pick up light weight objects from the floor or upper cabinets, and for dusting high or low places.
  • Avoid bending over when sweeping by using a long handled broom and dustpan.
  • To make the bed, work on one side at a time while sitting. Use lightweight blankets. Position your bed so that there is plenty of room to move around the bed.
  • Use a rolling cart instead of carrying items through your house.
  • Consider asking for help with house cleaning or lawn service.

#4 Dressing

  • Sit or lie down to dress.
  • Choose shoes that slip on and are secured with elastic laces or Velcro® (not floppy house slippers).
  • Use dressing aids (long handled shoehorn, sock aid, dressing stick).
  • Wear clothes that are loose, easy to put on, and have few or no buttons.

#5 In the Bathroom

  • Use a bath stool or tub bench when bathing.
  • Make sure the water is not too hot before entering bath.
  • Use a handheld shower head and long handled brush.
  • Consider sponge bathing.
  • Use a terry cloth robe after bathing instead of towel drying.
  • Let hair air dry.
  • Keep hair shorter to avoid blow drying and complex styling.
  • Use bedside commode - especially if you find yourself rushing to the bathroom.
  • Use an electric toothbrush.

#6 Plan... Prepare... Prioritize

  • Don’t be afraid to ask friends and family for help!
  • Relax... Do things slowly and do not rush.
  • Sit... rather than stand whenever possible.
  • Before starting a task, gather the items you’ll need and put them in one place.
  • Perform the hardest jobs of the day when you feel your best.
  • Choose stores that do not have a lot of stairs... and go when they are not busy.
  • Stay home if you are not having a good day or are not feeling well.
  • Plan just one big activity each day and allow time for resting.

30-Day Hospitalization Rate 6.7%.
64% lower than the national average.