Living with arthritis can make everyday tasks challenging. But from the kitchen to the car and every place in between, there are a few tools you can use to make life easier.
“We often hear from people about how frustrating it is when everyday tasks become difficult because of arthritis,” says Trish Barbato, president and CEO of the Arthritis Society. “Fortunately, there are solutions.”
Here’s a list of some of the top items that could help.
Electric can opener – using this device takes away the need for heavy gripping and twisting motions.
Jar key – this pops the seal on a vacuum-sealed jar and makes the lid easier to twist off.
Zipper pull – a key ring or a soft loop of fabric attached through the hole in the zipper tab makes it easier to use.
Button hook – this helps guide the buttons through the holes without the need to use your fingers.
Lever faucets/door handles – replacing round taps and doorknobs with the lever-style allows you to use your larger joints and stronger muscles and eliminates twisting hand motions.
Electric toothbrush – often has a thicker handle and a non-slip grip.
Wide-angled rearview mirror/side mirror extensions – these can decrease the strain on your neck and upper back when you turn your head.
Key turners – these decrease the strain on your finger joints by allowing you to use your larger hand muscles and joints.
Find information on more assistive devices to make life easier at arthritis.ca