One day independent living feels hard, especially when delivery people make crazy decisions from my point of view. I’m sure the delivery person wouldn’t have thought the person using the ramps would be the same person to try to bring these into the house, but he/she prevented my ability to use the ramp in the meantime.
Luckily, I have wonderful neighbors who arrived to help that afternoon.
Then there are days that I find a tool that makes my life easier and saves me from having to hire help.
This is the Brush Flex by McCauley. This painting tool is perfect for those with limited physical mobility, those who shouldn’t be climbing step ladders or those tricky places, such as stairs, where a step-ladder is dangerous. Let me show you how simple this is to use.
The orange piece holds the paint brush. You simply slide the paint brush in from the top (widest part) handle first. This tool will hold any size paint brush because the three holes you see on the handle are there to accommodate short to long paint brushes.
Line up the hole in your paint brush handle to one of the holes in the tool’s handle and screw in place with the enclosed screw.
One your brush is securely in place attach the metal extender to the back of the paint brush holder.
The metal piece on the extender is flexible, although it takes a bit of work for me to bend it. This is a good thing because once you have the angle you want it won’t move while painting.
Here I have it in an almost straight position.
And here it is angled, which I like as it affords me a better view of what I am painting.
Once you have the Brush flex assembled with your paint brush simply attach any standard extension pole made for paint rollers to the bottom of the brush flex handle and go to work.
This wall in my living room I painted with a paint roller but had to ask for help cutting in along the ceiling. Now with this tool I can cut in myself!
The handle of the brush flex can be used with regular paint rollers as well. Simply attach a paint roller to the flexible handle instead of the paint brush holder.
I purchased this to paint the exterior siding where a roller isn’t feasible as it won’t get in all the grooves. The Brush Flex cost $33, not cheap but hiring painters would have cost me a lot more than that.
I don’t know if this was designed specifically for those with mobility issues or not but I would like to believe it was. As we continue to talk openly about ageing in place and those with disabilities living on their own it’s nice to see products that give us a bit more independence to stay active in our homes.