Arthritis Advice: Assistive Devices for the Home

Arthritis Advice: Assistive Devices for the Home

Many Canadians live with the discomfort of arthritis. Fortunately, there are assistive devices which can help take the stress and strain out of your everyday activities. Let’s take a look at a few of them right now.


In the kitchen

Convert your kitchen’s faucet heads to lever style handles, or pick up a pair of lever-shaped additions that slip over existing taps – this can eliminate the gripping and turning required to turn your water on and off.

Pliers-like grippers can make opening those ever-so stubborn pickle jars a breeze. Alternatively, you can try placing a rubber ring or disk over the twist-top – this should provide you with a better grip.

Reach-extending rods come with a variety of optional grippers (including a magnet), allowing you to retrieve top-shelf items like cans or cups – as well as eliminating the need for you to bend over and pick up items.

Wheeled serving carts are handy in the kitchen – allowing you to easily move food or dishes to the table, sink, or dishwasher.


Around the house

Standard doorknobs can be swapped for lever-style entry handles, which have adapters that are quite similar to kitchen tap converters. Simply slip the lever over your current doorknob, and you’re good to go.

Key turners snap onto most household keys, widening their graspable area and making them easier to hold and turn. A front door keypad is another handy way to avoid having to rely on knobs. Simply enter your code, and the door will unlock automatically.


In the washroom

Bottles are easiest to grip when fitted with rubberized disks. Ask your pharmacist to provide you with easy-open caps for your medication containers. There are also several tools available to make childproof lids easier to manage.

Bath mitts and brushes with long handles can take a lot of the discomfort out of scrubbing and cleaning. Easy-grip nail clippers with long handles also help eliminate the need to bend and stretch.


In the bedroom

Zippers, buttons and laces can be cumbersome at the best of times, but are even more so when you’re dealing with the pain and inflammation caused by arthritis. Rather than purchasing footwear with standard laces, opt for slip-on dress shoes and Velcro-fastened running and walking shoes.

No-bend sock pullers can make putting on your socks a whole lot easier. Simply slide your sock over the front of the sock-aid, then push your foot into the opening. The tool guides your sock into place, eliminating stress and strain.      

Not sure if assistive devices are right for you? Check with your doctor or physical therapist for their suggestions. Once you’re ready to start making changes in your home, enlist the assistance of a loved one or caregiver and make your plans a reality.


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Written by Alice Lucette
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