Devices for Living Easier with Arthritis
From the kitchen to the bedroom, here is WebMD's room-by-room guide to easier living with arthritis.
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And be sure to look for the Arthritis Foundation "Ease-of-Use
Commendation Logo" the next time you are in the grocery store. This seal
signifies user-friendly products and packaging. The Folgers AromaSeal™
Canister, for one, has an easy-to-hold handle and a foil seal that peals away
so no can opener is necessary. For a complete list of all such products, visit
You can buy many assistive devices online. Just search for the name of the
product you want. Or contact your local Arthritis Foundation chapter to find
local stores that sell these products.
Simple things for most of us, like getting dressed in the morning or turning
on the reading lamp, can be difficult for people with arthritis, but certain
assistive devices can help make the process easier.
- Sock aids and zipper pulls. A sock aid can help you pull up your socks
without bending your legs. A zipper pull, which has a large rung that attaches
to a zipper tag, makes zippers easier to grab and zip.
- Shoes with Velcro grips. Try walking shoes with Velcro grips instead of
shoelaces to make everyday dressing easier.
- Big buttons and pockets. Shop for garments with buttons the size of a
nickel and large pockets to carry keys or other hard-to-grab objects. Whether
bras or shirts, look for front-opening closures.
- A reach extender. If your closet has hard to reach storage areas, a reach
extender lets you reach 26 to 30 inches without stretching.
Consider lamps that turn on with a touch, or are activated by voice or
motion. Replace small rotating knobs on existing lamps with larger,
grip-and-turn knobs. Phones with giant buttons are also easier to use. Special
pillows including neck pillows can help avoid stressing your neck or neck
muscles while you recline or sleep and a large body pillow can support your
arms and legs during the night. Some people with arthritis find it helpful to
attach Velcro tabs to the corners of sheets so that they can make the bed
without tucking in the sheets.