Make Life with Arthritis Easier

13.05.19 12:36 PM

Adaptive Equipment to Save you From Pain and Frustration

My husband and I have a longstanding inside joke about how he has always bought me very practical gifts. When we were dating he would buy a plant versus flowers because a plant will last longer. He is definitely not a romantic - but he is extremely thoughtful. Over the years, I have come to appreciate the practical gifts he has bought me - particularly the ones that have helped me cope with my rheumatoid arthritis. 

May has featured different posts regarding arthritis. I hope you have found the articles helpful. If you haven't had time to read all the posts, you can access them here. Today I am featuring tips and products that make activities of daily life easier for the average arthritis sufferer. Back in April, I wrote this post about gardening and featured some gardening tools that were ergonomic and arthritis friendly. I would love to hear if you have tried any of the tools that were featured and if they were helpfu

The great news is that there are A LOT of products on the market to make life easier and less painful for arthritis sufferers. Here are a few of my favorites:

 1.  Electric Can Opener. Let's face it we use cans pretty much every day of our lives. But the motion associated with a manual can opener can be very painful for people with arthritis. One of my first purchases was an electric can opener. I like this one because it is ergonomic, hands free, and there are no sharp edges.

2.  Electric Jar Opener. I have not purchased one of these for my kitchen because I live with 3 strong males - but I should for those times when I am home alone. This device has good reviews on Amazon. Again, it can save your hands from the twisting motion that can be uncomfortable for those with arthritis. 

  1. Key Turner. I think this is a great idea for your keys. It looks like this model is only good for house keys - but they must be one for car keys some where. 

  2. Button Hook. I just purchased this for myself as buttoning shirts is one of the most difficult tasks for me. My fingers just don't work that way anymore! honestly didn't even think to see if there was a device like this on the market until writing this. I'll let you know how it works or if you have one, please let me know if it has helped you in the comments below. 

5.      Grab Bars are essential for the bathroom for arthritis sufferers with problems in the knee and/or hip area. These are relatively inexpensive and widely available at Home Depot, Amazon and durable medical equipment suppliers. I recommend having an expert install them so that they are at the      appropriate height and they can support enough weight and pressure. 

I realize that many of the items featured are for the hand/wrist area because that is an area I struggle with. If you have any items that have been helpful to you please post them in the comments. I would love to hear from you. 

Thrive at Home specializes in assessing your home for safety and providing recommendations for home modifications that can make life easier for those living with arthritis. Contact us and we would be happy to assist you in making your home a place where you can continue to thrive.  

Phone: 585-735-9223