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What assistive devices can be used in the bedroom to help treat arthritis?

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Most people with rheumatoid arthritis have joint stiffness in the morning. A few simple changes will make it easier to get going:

  • Switch to big buttons, button hooks, or Velcro closures. Buttons the size of a nickel or larger are easier to use. Closures in the front are better, especially for bras and dresses.
  • Use lamps that turn on and off by touch or by your voice. And replace small, hard-to-turn switches on lamps with larger grip-and-turn knobs.
  • Find 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.

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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