Gripping, reaching and fine motor skills can be a challenge for arthritis sufferers. In order to make life a little easier, a few changes can go a long way. Regardless of what tool you’re using, larger and softer handles make it easier to grip. Longer handles also help extend your reach. Fortunately, many companies have picked up on this and there are lots of options to choose from, particularly in cookware and kitchen gadgets.
Special tools are also available for arthritis patients. If you can’t afford to install lever door handles, for instance, you can purchase winged plastic grips that fit over round door knobs. Long arm grabbing tools with pinchers on the end can be used to retrieve dropped items. Special kits are available to help arthritis sufferers fasten jewelry. On a more “high tech” note, voice activated software is available for those who have trouble typing on a keyboard. These are just a few of the devices available.
When arthritis symptoms worsen, you may have difficulty doing things the way that you’ve always done them. Fortunately, many adaptive devices are available to lend a helping hand.