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What are assistive devices for the bathroom if you have RA?

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Try these options:

  • A tub bench or shower seat lets you sit down while you get clean.
  • Non-skid shower mats make the tub safer.
  • Grab bars make it easier to get in and out of the bath.
  • A raised toilet seat with side rails makes it easier to get on and off.
  • Long-handled sponges help you wash your legs and feet without bending. Also, large sponges are easier to grip than washcloths.
  • Easy-to-pull shower curtains are better than heavy shower doors.
  • An electric toothbrush with a fat handle is easier than a regular toothbrush.
  • Put a seat in front of your sink so you can avoid leaning forward. Do the same with using a freestanding mirror for grooming.

SOURCES:

D'Youville College: "Assistive Devices for Dressing."

Greene, B., Bulletin on the Rheumatic Diseases, Arthritis Foundation, July 2003.

WebMD Feature: "Devices for Living Easier with Arthritis."

WebMD Medical Reference: "Assistive Devices and Orthotics."

Reviewed by David Zelman on February 13, 2018

SOURCES:

D'Youville College: "Assistive Devices for Dressing."

Greene, B., Bulletin on the Rheumatic Diseases, Arthritis Foundation, July 2003.

WebMD Feature: "Devices for Living Easier with Arthritis."

WebMD Medical Reference: "Assistive Devices and Orthotics."

Reviewed by David Zelman on February 13, 2018

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