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Rearranging Your Home To Help You Manage Arthritis

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by Daniel
(Leeds, UK)

There are a large number of ways that you can adapt your house to make living with arthritis easier and manage those flare ups: These can range from an expensive remodeling through to simpler steps such a taping down rugs.

Basic:

Look for trip hazards such as throw rugs, you can either remove them or tape them down.
Look for products that can be controlled by remote. For example blinds and curtains often come with a remote opening system.

You can buy large handled grips for tableware will allow you to grip knives and forks more easily. It is also safer to use two handled pots and pans as they place less stress on your wrists.

Use chairs with arms as they are easier to get into and out of. The same is true of using extra cushions on low chairs.

Replace door knobs with handles ensure that the handles on drawers are large enough to insert several fingers.

Replace door knobs and taps with long handles so as to make turning them easier. (Who hasn’t struggled with a stiff tap?). Likewise large handles which can allow you to insert several fingers on drawers are easier to use than knobs or ones which only let you insert a small number.

Expensive:

You can place grab bars and non-slip tape near the shower and toilet. To make them safer as they will help prevent slips and falls. Similarly a hand held showerhead will really help.

reconditioned stairlift for those days when the stairs are just a bit too much will not only allow you to stay in the same house, but will also be more affordable than a new stairlift, without sacrificing quality.

The costs need not be prohibitive either. The Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs offers grants to allow people with disabilities to afford technology to allow them to do tasks that would otherwise be difficult or impossible. There are also a range of charities that can offer help in adapting your home.

Updated: January 12, 2014 — 1:21 am

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