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Osteoarthritis Health Center

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How to Make an Arthritis-Friendly Home

Assistive Devices for the Bedroom

Getting dressed can be difficult if your hands and fingers are affected by arthritis. But there are many assistive devices that can make the process much easier.

  • Button fasteners and zipper pulls: Buttons and zippers can be difficult to grip with stiff or painful joints. Zipper pulls and button fasteners can make dressing easier.
  • A long-handled shoehorn: Put on shoes without bending. It can also be helpful to wear shoes with Velcro or shoes that slip on instead of shoes with laces.
  • Sock aids: These nifty aids can help you put on socks without having to bend over.

Assistive Devices for the Bathroom

A few helpful devices in the bathroom can help give you peace of mind.

  • Electric toothbrush: An electric toothbrush can be easier to grip and use if you have arthritis in your hands.
  • Electric razor: An electric razor is another tool that can be helpful for painful or swollen hand or finger joints.
  • Pill bottle opener: Plastic grips made especially for tricky pill bottles can make this frustrating task much easier.
  • Raised toilet seat: This device makes it easier to getting on and off the toilet. There are many different models that offer different features and different heights. Some also come with handles to make getting on and off even easier.
  • Bars and handrails: These devices can help you get in and out of the tub or shower safely.

Assistive Devices for Any Room

These helpful devices can assist you in any room in your house.

  • Reachers: These long-handled devices with a gripping tool at the end can help you reach and grab items that are out of reach. Some come with a magnet at the tip for help picking up small metal objects.
  • Key turners: A large plastic key turner will give you more leverage when turning keys. Some models hold more than one key.
  • Doorknob grips: Place these plastic grips over your doorknobs to make opening doors easier.
  • Lamp switch adapters: These plastic adapters give you a larger grip to turn small lamp switches.
  • Lightweight vacuum cleaner: Choosing a lightweight vacuum cleaner will make it easier to move it around the house.
  • Grocery carts: These carts with wheels can help you avoid straining joints. Use them to carry heavy or bulky objects, such as groceries, laundry, or garbage. Also look for suitcases with wheels and long handles.
  • Pencils and pens: Look for pencils with padded grips and pens padded with gel.
  • Spring-loaded scissors: These scissors are spring-loaded to make it easier to cut through almost any type of material. You just need to squeeze gently to make a cut.

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