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August 2017: Carrying Laundry Baskets

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Carrying heavy laundry baskets can be tough when your grip is not as strong in your affected hand. Try this adaptation from Pinterest, which incorporates a luggage/duffel bag strap.

Ideally you can still use both hands to steady the basket with this method. If you have difficulty with your balance, be sure to get assistance or supervision going up and down the stairs, especially when carrying large objects like a laundry basket.

Small round baskets will not be as heavy when full and you can hug them against your chest with both arms to steady them as you transport them. Baskets designed with two large handles like this one may also be helpful. To use two hands, try hooking your affected arm through the handle to use your larger, upper arm muscles that may be stronger than using your hand to grip it. 

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