Can't Open the Washing Machine (Or Dryer) Door?
I will admit to you all today that I sometimes struggle to open the washing machine or dryer door. There are instances where I do not grip the door handle well enough and my hand slips off! Occasionally, I attempt to open the door and need to tug on it two to three times before it opens! When I experience this I tend to think, "Oh my gosh, why is this so hard?"
Then my occupational therapy brain starts to kick in and think: "How can I solve this? How can I make it easier to open the washer or dryer door?"
Well my friends, let me share some ideas with you today! Let's go through and think about your current situation!
Please go and look at your washer and dryer right now. I will patiently wait for you! (Side note: Hopefully your washer and dryer are on the main level of your house. If not, put that in your three to five year home modification plan! A washer and dryer on the main level of the house helps people age in place in their home!)
Ok, did you look? I am going to ask the following questions:
What type of washer and dryer do you have? Are they front or top loaders?
Are they a stackable washer and dryer?
What brand do you have?
Which direction does the door open and shut on the washer and dryer?
Where are the control buttons on the washer and dryer? On the front of the machine? Towards the back on a panel?
Where is it located in the house?
The answers to these questions tell me a lot about how you are moving to do laundry. It leads me to other questions about you personally like:
What is your dominant hand? Right or left?
What is your grip strength?
Are you sitting or standing at the machine when moving loads?
Are you sitting or standing while folding clothes?
How far can you reach while sitting or standing?
Are you using equipment, like a walker or reacher?
When you do laundry, do you wear out after a short time or can you do everything without rest breaks?
Do you lose your balance when reaching for clothes inside the machine?