Your home should be a place where you feel safe and comfortable. But when you have arthritis, it may seem like your home is filled with obstacles, such as doors that are hard to open and lamps that are difficult to turn on.
Assistive devices for arthritis can help make these everyday tasks easier. From opening small jars and bottles to getting out of the tub, these devices can ease the strain on your joints. These tools are available at your local pharmacy, hardware store, or medical supply store, or you can purchase them online. Here's a list of assistive devices to help you in the kitchen, the bathroom, the bedroom, and in your yard.
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For many people, the kitchen is the center of the home. Take advantage of the wide array of kitchen tools that can help you complete cooking tasks with ease.
Jar openers: A simple rubber jar opener can help you get a better grip on tight lids. For more difficult jobs, a wall mounted-jar opener can help you open and close jars with just a simple twist. Look for a model that opens jars of different sizes.
Electric can openers: Trade in your hand-cranked manual can opener for an electric version that opens cans with ease.
Food processors or food choppers: With the press of a button these devices can chop up food in a cinch.
A long-handled dustpan and broom: Sweep up crumbs and other debris without having to bend over.
Bottle brushes: Easily clean the inside of cups and glasses.
Kitchen stool: If standing for long periods is painful, a stool lets you to sit comfortably at counter height while preparing food.
Utensils with thick grips: Look for utensils that have thick, padded grips for easier handling. Or make your own large grips by wrapping tape, foam, or cloth around the handles of any kitchen tool, such as pots, pans, and knives.
Faucet grips: These plastic grips fit over your faucet handles and make it easier to turn on the water.