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Living with arthritis: Making things easier at home

12 October is World Arthritis Day, an annual campaign that aims to increase awareness around arthritis and support people living with this, often debilitating, condition all year round.

If you live with someone who suffers from arthritis or you are afflicted yourself, check out a few of these top tips for making things easier around the home.

Adapting your home

There are a few practical changes you can make to your home which might make it easier for you to manage your condition. For a start, move all of the bits and pieces you need on a daily basis so that they are always within easy reach.

Avoid using high cupboards or low drawers when possible and remember that while you may be able to reach many things on a good day, you’ll be grateful to have things to hand if you suffer a flare up. Invest in a long-armed pick up tool to help you fetch items without having to get up.

In the kitchen, switch to electric tools (like automatic can openers) wherever you can. It’s also a good idea to keep a bar stool in the kitchen, so you can rest while preparing food or working at the counter. A long-armed tool or stick with a rubber stopper on the end can be very useful for pushing buttons on microwaves.

Small changes can make a big difference

Installing a handrail to help you get up and down the stairs is another practical and useful addition, as are rails in the bathroom to help you use the toilet or to get in and out of a bath or shower. You could also replace round taps with long-handled ones for a better grip. Likewise, replace doorknobs with handles instead, and replace fiddly handles on drawers.

Choosing chairs with arms will also make it easier for you to get up again after sitting. If you have low chairs, furnish them with firm cushions to add height and make standing and sitting easier. With a few simple adjustments, your home can become a much more arthritis-friendly place. For more help and information, have a look at Arthritis Care.

What are your tips for living with arthritis?

 

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RonE
25th Oct 2017
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I too had severe arthritis at the top of my spine! I learnt that it was all down to me, because of the fodd I ate and the beverages I drank. Sadly it was all too easy to stray... The good news is, I did find an amazing solution, it was so simple! It didn’t involve prescription meds, yet it was 100% safe. Today I no longer endure the intense pain of severe arthritis. If anyone would like to learn more, you will find me on FB : Ron E West.
BerylR15
13th Oct 2017
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A clothes peg helps to push down on modern toilet flush button.
BrendaM95
12th Oct 2017
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Where did u buy your pain pen please anything to help
Dawn Bowen
12th Oct 2017
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thank u for your handy tips.
major red
19th Aug 2016
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i suffer with a disabilitating back injory due to a fall down stair when 17 now 53 i have not been able to work for 30 years and my knees now are very bad. but im not writing to say why im bad i want to tell all of you in pain about a pen i got it was £25 and it is a crystal so no drugs and you put it where the pain is and it eases the pain i once went to the shop and my knees seazed up i use this and i walked home i have a stick always but i got home and a lot less pain than when i went out it a godsend it called a pain away i will definetly buy another when it stops working i had it 2 years and it still works . i now have my dads as he tryed mine loved it and got his own till he died
major red
19th Aug 2016
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BrendaM95
12th Oct 2017
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Where did u buy your pen please anything that helps so much pain

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