ARTHRITIC TOOLS FOR DAILY LIVING

Updated: Dec 11, 2019

Arthritis is no respecter of persons. It affects more people that you realize. Below are some statistics




  • By conservative estimates, about 54 million adults have doctor-diagnosed arthritis.

  • Almost 300,000 babies and children have arthritis or a rheumatic condition.

  • The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis, which affects an estimated 31 million Americans.

  • Number of people expected to have doctor-diagnosed arthritis by the year 2040: more than 78 million.


I would say, judging by these statistics, that either you or someone you love can benefit from the information below regarding tools for arthritic living:


Assistive devices are not new. We use them every day, arthritis or not. Things such as eyeglasses, bottle openers, and pliers are a few such devices or tools. When you have arthritis, you merely need to get a bigger tool box, so to speak.


HOUSEHOLD ASSISTIVE DEVICES:

  • Rubber grips can be used for many things; pens, toothbrush, even grips to convert your cooking utensils and such. These grips effectively reduce the pressure on your joints and make it much easier to hold small items.

  • Spring loaded scissors: Amazon sells a nice pair for under $8. This type of item is also available for gardening. You can get a nice set of pruning shears for under $6.

  • Key turners are also available at Amazon. This sells for under $15.

  • In the kitchen, it may be a good idea to purchase jar opener grips. This is a small rubber disk that fits over a twist-top lid, giving you better traction, or you can opt for specialty hooks, levers, and pliers-like grippers.

  • Easy grip nail cutters: have larger blades and handles than regular clippers, needing less pressure to use, and therefore saving wear and tear on your joints.

  • The use of a cane is helpful to get around. Forget that it may make you look older if you use one. If it is a matter of support and balance, I say, use it.


GARDENING-ASSISTIVE DEVICES:

We already pointed out above the advantage of ergonomic spring-loaded gardening shears used for pruning, in your garden. But there are many other devices available as well.


I found a serrated Radius Ergonomic weeder that claims to “slice[s] through roots like a warm knife through butter. This has a larger grip. One can be found called the Radius Garden 102 Ergonomic Hand Weeder, on Amazon for under $10.


The ergonomic garden hose handle. The advertisement states: “Whether your hands lack their former strength, you’ve got arthritic fingers, or just want something that’s easier on the hands [then] this lightweight, thumb-controlled, rubber-padded nozzle might be for you.” Though there are several choices of rubber-padded nozzles, I found one called Green Mount New Patent Garden Hose Nozzle for under $18.


Kneeling pads: make a lot of sense, even if you don’t have arthritis. Kneeling pads generally come in varied thicknesses. Opt for the thicker ones in order to prevent pressure on your knees while gardening.


We all know that gardening can be therapeutic, but why not help to make it where gardening doesn’t cause you to have to go get physical therapy, huh?


“A GARDEN IS A FRIEND YOU CAN VISIT ANYTIME.”


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