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SKU# 9781936303229

300 Tips For Making Life Easier

Author: Shelley Peterman Schwarz


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Written by the best-selling author of Multiple Sclerosis: 300 Tips for Making Life Easier and Parkinson's Disease: 300 Tips for Making Life Easier, Home Accessibility: 300 Tips for Making Life Easier is designed to help people with chronic illness, physical disability, temporary or permanent (including low vision, blind, hard of hearing, the Deaf, and others), and age-related limitations make their homes safer and more accessible without costly remodeling or structural changes. Shelley Peterman Schwarz shares her unique blend of motivation, inspiration, and practical tips, techniques, and shortcuts with her readers. She has learned from personal experience, to adapt, organize, and simplify life.

Shelley covers the basic concepts of Universal Design, as well as knowing what modifications one can do personally and what changes require professional attention. Chapters cover every room of the home and outdoor living. Readers will also find suggestions for unique products, many not readily available in stores. A resource section at the end of each chapter provides information for contacting support organizations and helpful services and products.

Home Accessibility: 300 Tips for Making Life Easier Answers Questions Such As:

  • How do I live in my home now that I use a mobility device?
  • How do I get in and out of the shower?
  • What are some ways to make my kitchen (bathroom/bedroom) easier to use?
  • How do I get in and out of the house, up and down stairs?
  • How do I stay connected with the world outside of my home?
  • And more

Shelley Peterman Schwarz teaches and inspires people who are experiencing limitations of all types how to conserve valuable time and energy, develop techniques for making life easier, and enjoy life to the fullest.


Product Details 

  • Publication Date December 05, 2011
  • Page Count 144
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9781936303229
  • EISBN 9781617050862

About The Author(s) 

Shelley Peterman Schwarz and her husband, Dave, live in Madison, Wisconsin. At the time of her MS diagnosis in 1979, Shelley was working as a teacher of the deaf and mother to a 5- and 3-year old. She has received numerous awards and is an internationally acclaimed author, columnist, and TV and radio personality in the field of living well with a disability. Her "Making Life Easier" columns appear regularly in newspapers, magazines, newsletters, and on websites.

Table of Contents 

"Section 1
1. Who Needs This Book
2. Basic Concepts
Section 2
3. Home Adaptations vs. Remodeling vs. Custom Design
4. Universal Design Basics
Section 3
The Accessible Home
5. Coming In/Going Out
6. All Around the House
7. Kitchen
8. Bathroom
9. Living Areas
10. Bedroom
11. Home Office
12. Laundry, Basement, and Storage
13. Outdoor Living Spaces
14. Where You Can Learn More"

Editorial Review(s) 

"Her practical tips cover every room in the house. Schwarz discusses the pros and cons of costly assistive devices to help people decide whether they are necessary for their particular situation. There are many resource and product lists for those who want specific recommendations. Schwarz's experience shines through in the details she has added about what worked for her as she adjusted to her limited mobility. This is sure to be a useful book. Whether readers are looking to adjust to a serious illness or aging, it will be a great resource."-Library Journal

“Anyone can benefit by reading this book to modify, remodel, or build a home that will provide more convenience, safety, independence, and accessibility for all who live in the home. Many of the numerous tips presented can be implemented immediately. The resources listed will help the reader locate products, services, and additional information.” — Rosemarie Rossetti, President, Universal Design Living Laboratory, A National Demonstration Home

“Taking you on a room-by-room tour, Shelley Peterman Schwarz shows you how to build a personal tool chest that will allow you or someone you care about to live fully in every part of the house – and get out and about with ease. Knowing how easily people with physical limitations can begin to feel confi ned by the barriers around them, Ms. Schwarz shows the way to increased freedom, mobility, and independence both inside and outside the home.” — Rosalind Kalb, PhD, Vice President, Professional Resource Center, National Multiple Sclerosis Society and author

“Shelley provides clear explanations to the rarely asked question, 'How can I make this easier?' Whether for yourself or someone you care about, explore real options to access life with practical gadgets and tactics. Shelley’s extensive research and shared practical experience not only fills the table with practical tools for living, it even includes the table [Chapter 6]. Become your own problem-solver and engage life.” — Jeffrey N. Gingold, author of the award-winning book, Facing the Cognitive Challenges of Multiple Sclerosis and Mental Sharpening Stones: Manage the Cognitive Challenges of Multiple Sclerosis

“Shelley has captured a comprehensive list of tips for staying safe and independent in your home and at the same time clearly demonstrates she understands the mindset of those struggling to find ways to maintain that independence. As one whose work it is to provide in-home care, I highly recommend we all pay attention to Shelley’s ideas.” — Jeff Tews, BrightStar, Madison, WI