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Monday, May 11, 2015

DIY long handled lotion applicator

Hey y'all! For my first therapy related post, I decided to share a DIY project that I put together for one of my patients.  This particular patient had a total hip replacement with posterior hip precautions. I knew that applying lotion was something that was important for this patient to do independently; however, due to their hip precautions, they were not able to bend down and apply the lotion. After spending some time searching in the Patterson Medical catalog, I realized that a long handled lotion applicator was priced around $40!! I knew I could make something that would work similar for a fraction of the price. I decided to take a trip to Home Depot and look around for some inspiration and walked out with my own DIY version of the lotion applicator. The total project cost was around $8. My patient LOVED the lotion applicator and said it was very effective for her needs. Just thought I would share this experience with y'all! Let me know if you have any thoughts, comments, or suggestions!! :) P.S. I tagged the links below to Home Depot's website for exact sizing and parts.

4. PVC pipe 

How to piece it together (I also added some super glue between pieces 1&2 to hold it together better)

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