If you have arthritis, performing everyday tasks can be difficult. Help make some of these tasks easier by making sure you select products that meet your specific needs. With more than 100 types of arthritis, it can affect everyone differently, so a product that is easy for one person to use may not be easy for you.
- Be selective. Think about the tasks that are difficult for you on a regular basis and interfere with your independence. Look for products that can make these day-to-day tasks easier.
- Select products with texture. For example, when selecting glassware, drinking glasses with bumpy exteriors are easier to grasp than glasses with smooth exteriors.
- Seek products that require minimal upkeep.
- Select products that are safe to use.
- Purchase lightweight products, especially when it comes to cleaning and kitchen tools. For example, heavy cast-iron pots or ceramic bowls may be difficult to use for someone with arthritis.
- Look for products that are easy to open and close. Avoid products that are difficult to grasp, or require twisting with your fingers to open and close. Instead, look for features such as flip-top caps, zippers and larger, easy-to-open lids.
- Look for items that are comfortable to wear, carry or operate.
- Avoid the bells and whistles. Look for products that are simple and practical, rather than fancy gadgets with intricate pieces.
- Look for products that are not cumbersome to use. Products that can be carried close to your body may alleviate pressure on arms, hands and back.