Are you one of the millions of people in the UK living with the pain of arthritis? Day-to-day tasks can seem impossible sometimes but there are an array of helpful gadgets available now to help make your life with arthritis easier.
You want to maintain your independence and take care of yourself and your home with minimal assistance. But this can be difficult with the pain and stiffness that comes with arthritis. There is so much choice when it comes to tools and aids to help you with daily life, and of course, many different price points too. But investing in a few that have the most impact on your quality of life can be life-changing.
Here are some of our top picks for gadgets to make your life easier.
Helpful gadgets if you’re living with arthritis
- Long-handled hook to pull on socks
- Shoe horn for putting on shoes
- Rubber grips for toothbrushes and hairbrushes
- Velcro fastenings on clothes instead of zips and buttons
In the bathroom
- Electric toothbrush
- Electric razor
- Soap-on-a-rope or shower mitts to hold soap
- Raised toilet seat
- Long-handled bruises to clean bathroom
In the kitchen
- Mini chopper
- Electric can opener
- Wall-mounted jar opener
- Small, rubber mats to increase grip when opening jars and to place under bowls and other items to prevent them from slipping
- Utensils with padded handles
- Loop or spring-loaded scissors
- Cheese slicer
- Bottle brush, for washing cups and glasses
- Cookbook stand
In the garden
- Kneeling mat and a seat
- Tools with ergonomic grips
- Raised garden beds
- Low maintenance plants
- Tool belt for carrying most used tools
Throughout the home
- Key turners
- Doorknob turners
- Light switch adapters
- Lightweight vacuum cleaner
- Scissors with padded handles or swivel blades
- Rollerball or gel pens, pencils with padded grips
- Standing aids to help lift you out of the bed or the chair
- Walking aids such as walkers and sticks to help maintain your balance
You can find all these gadgets at pharmacies, medical supply stores, and online retailers.
Do the best you can to make life easier wherever you can. Listen to your body and don’t push yourself to do more than you’re able.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Others may offer help, but not know exactly what would be useful to you. Tell that what you need.
If you need more support around the home in your day-to-day life, Eximius can help. Get in touch to find out more about how our caring companions can help you live your life to the fullest.