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Arthritis Health Center

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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.

Your Bathroom

Several simple innovations can make a world of difference in the bathroom.

  • Faucet turners. These levered handles make turning on faucets in the bathroom sink much easier.
  • Bathtub bar. Install a bathtub bar to hold on to as you get in and out of the tub.
  • Shower seat. These simple seats fit in your tub or shower stall. They can help you conserve energy while bathing and avoid falls.
  • Elevated toilet seats. An elevated toilet seat can reduce the strain created by getting on and off traditional low toilet seats.

Also while you are bathing or showering, a long-handled bath brush or sponge can help you wash hard-to-reach places.

Your Living Room or Den

Relax with less stress using these helpful aids in your living room.

  • One-touch, or voice- and motion-activated lamps. Depending on your preferences, get lamps that turn on with a simple touch to the base, or when you walk in the room or talk.
  • A cervical pillow. Keep a cervical pillow on the couch with the rest of your throw pillows so you can keep your neck comfortable while watching television.
  • Grip-and-turn door knobs. Replace small rotating door knobs with door levers or form-fitting rubber knob covers that are easy to grip and turn.
  • Bookholders. If you enjoy reading on the couch, purchase a bookholder for hands-free reading.

Remember, don't watch television while lying on your back because this can cause neck discomfort and back pain. And if changing channels on the remote control is challenging, consider purchasing a universal remote control with larger buttons.

Your Hallways and Doorways

Assistive devices such as canes, crutches, or walkers can help with walking around the home. Here are a few other helpful devices.

  • Key turners. Simple key turners can make coming and going much less of hassle. They typically have large plastic handles, which provide leverage for turning keys.
  • Doorknob levers. Doorknob levers or covers provide better grip and pushing power. Often made of molded rubber, they tend to fit over standard doorknob.
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