If you have arthritis, assistive devices may
allow you to be more independent with daily tasks. Consider these options:
� Hand aids
Look for aids that provide a wide-diameter grip.
Many pens, for example, have thin shafts that force you to grasp them with a tightly
closed fist. A foam or plastic sleeve that slides over the pen can correct this
� Grooming and personal hygiene
If you have limited range of motion, use
long-handled brushes and combs. Consider bathing aids such as long-handled
sponges and brushes, bath benches and grab bars. Use an electric tooth-brush, a
Radius toothbrush or one with a foam handle. Use mirrors with foam rubber
handles for an easier grasp.
� Getting dressed
Buy a shoehorn with an extension handle and use
a stocking aid to help pull on hosiery. Look for tools that grip buttons and
zippers. Sew elasticized Velcro tabs onto shirt cuffs. Select wraparound skirts
or stretch trousers if limited range of motion makes dressing a challenge. Try
� In the kitchen
Put everything that you use often within easy
reach. Store frequently used cookware and utensils in cabinets at hip-to-shoulder
height. Consider a single-lever faucet so it's less taxing on your finger
joints. Use an electric can opener and electric knife.
� Cleaning your home
Use a long-handled mop, dustpan and broom. Keep
cleaning supplies on each floor and store supplies within easy reach. Avoid
unnecessary bending or stooping.