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Dear Héloïse: I recently read the story of an elderly lady who wanted shopping carts to be available near accessible parking spaces. I wish more stores would invest in Caroline’s carts. These are caddies that allow an adult with reduced mobility to sit on a chair facing the operator. It is impossible to push a wheelchair and a shopping cart at the same time. This cart allows the wheelchair user to shop with an assistant.

The reason I shop at my grocery store is because they have it. It would be beneficial for other retail stores to implement them. —Chris Marchand, Manchester, New Hampshire


Dear Héloïse: I love your advice and I’ve been following you for years! For those who have trouble swallowing pills, try this tip: Take a big sip of water, but don’t swallow! Now put the pill – it seems like “float” – and you don’t notice it as much. Then swallow, and it should go down easier. — Karen Sinn, via email


Dear Héloïse: I have always read your column in our daily life and I have used so much of your advice. Here are some of mine that save time and money!

After washing the towels (kitchen and bathroom), I turn them around when I put them away. This way they will all wear out at about the same time. When “white sales” come, I find the best buy and replace them all at the same time at an acceptable cost. Old towels are now used for washing cars and for other chores. Think of them as disposable rags, at no cost to you.

I also rotate my dinner dishes daily. After using steak knives or other knives on the plates so many times, they are starting to show their age. When the time comes, they will all need to be replaced around the same time. You won’t end up with just a few plates to replace. (And good luck trying to!) Grab a new set when they go on sale! I shoot everything I can. It works wonderfully!

Another trick is to use a “binding clip” at the end of your tube of toothpaste. It makes it easy to squeeze the toothpaste up to the opening and hold it there. Simply roll up the tube and continue to place it on the clip while the toothpaste is being used. Thank you for all your advice ! — A reader, by e-mail


Dear Héloïse: I read your column daily in the Pasadena Star-News. I recently scrubbed grout off my kitchen counter and realized my electric toothbrush would make a great tool. I used your dab of baking soda, peroxide, and a little dish soap to remove a coffee stain that had been in the grout forever. Worked like magic! Thank you for all your valuable advice. — Stephanie Loew, Pasadena, CA

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