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Adaptive Devices for People
Devices have been made or changed to help ease joint stress and pain
for people with arthritis. Some of the items may make doing certain
tasks easier. Many of these items can be found in department stores
but others may only be available through therapy
departments or special catalogs.
Several types of devices are available to help you with
dressing, such as dressing sticks, long handled shoe
horns, and stocking aids. Elastic shoestrings or slip on
shoes can help if you have problems reaching your feet.
Reachers can be helpful for getting
things out of cabinets or picking
things up from the floor.
Grab bars around the tub or shower and the toilet can be
helpful. Raised toilet seats or high toilets are another
option that may be helpful. Sturdy railing can make
going up and down stairs easier.
Using levers instead of door knobs can make
opening doors easier.
Larger handles on spoons and forks, rocking
knives and other items can make daily living a bit easier.
Talk to your therapist about other products that may be helpful to you.
Consider these tips as you choose products:
• Choose items with textured handles. Bumpy surfaces can be easier
• Make sure the product fits your need.
• Choose the item that is easy to clean and needs little upkeep.
Items should be light in weight. Using heavy items may tire you
• Look for simple and easy to use items. Fancy gadgets may not
work as well and often cost more.
• Be sure the product is safe for you to use.
• Check the Arthritis Foundation's website, www.arthritis.org for
easy to use products. Some products may carry the Easy to Use
Commendation logo from the Ar