How to Get the World to Come to You

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Artwork: Missed The Bus by Donni Lockridge

Tips from readers on how to make life easier when you can’t leave the house.

🌹 Craigslist

I use Craigslist a lot and many people are so kind to deliver right to me — even setting up items for me. I sell unneeded items on Craigslist, too, and make a few dollars now & again. I also sell my paintings & bird houses & feeders & painted tennis shoes . I also grow my own veggies & strawberries.” – DL

🌹 Referrals Through Area Agency on Aging

“When I needed wheelchair ramps, I called every organization in the state. The only one that was helpful was the Area Agency on Aging – even though I am only 30 years old. They sent me a list of resources and I got custom-built free ramps on my house. They have all kinds of resources and information there for help you can get in your home.” – DN

🌹 Living With Others

“I am not well enough to make social plans and it stresses me out to have people come over. Living with housemates works really well for me. I don’t have to plan anything, but if I want company, people are already there in my house. I never invite people to the house, but my housemates sometimes invite their friends and family, so I make new friends that way.”

🌹 Electric Wheelchairs and Scooters

“Medicare and Medicaid paid for me to have an electric mobility scooter to use in my home. I got this by calling medical supply companies on the Medicare website. I kept calling until I found one that accepted Medicare and billed Medicare directly. I asked them to explain to me exactly what the criteria is for getting approved and what all the steps were.” – JS

🌹 Packages

“I am bedridden and can’t get to my front door to take delivery of postal items that need to be signed for. But I can walk to my bedroom window so I have delivery people deliver items through my bedroom window.” -KC

🌹 Family Events

“For one daughter’s wedding and the other daughter’s baby shower, their friends set up a live feed for me so I could watch on laptop from my bed. It was truly wonderful to be included in that way!” – KC

🌹 Power of Attorney

“I’ve had a number of times where I needed a notary (for Power of Attorney and other documents). A traveling notary who would come to my house was not cheap. I called my State Representative’s office and they offered to send staff over (for free!) to notarize documents. It seems like it should be a simple problem to solve, but I was almost in tears at the offer. We had to reschedule twice, but they took care of all the notarizing.” – JM

🌹 Practitioners 

“We have had acupuncturists and a cranial osteopath come to our home. Insurance paid for part of it. We also found a service that would send someone to our home to insert a PICC line. You can also find people who give massages it will come to your home. And sometimes a lymphatic massage might be helpful if people have sensitivities or if deep massage might release something that could be not so great for a CFS patient.” – JD

🌹 Stools

“I bought a rolling stool to use in the kitchen. It is a little bit tippy/dangerous, but it makes it possible for me to prepare snacks.” – VO

🌹 Caregivers

“I’ve had a hard time finding people to be caregivers. I finally discovered a site called care.com which has been just great.” – JD

🌹 Bored While Resting?

Colleen Steckel has created this great list of activities you can do from home or from bed.


Learn More

How to Shop Without Standing Up

How to Get a Doctor to Come to Your House

How to Get a Caregiver

How to Find Wonderful Housemates & Caregivers

How to Have a Great, Disabled Life

🌹 Updated May 2017. Please let me know more ideas to add to this list!!

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