There are over 100 different types of rheumatoid arthritis, making it one of the most common types of disability in the U.S. This can affect home living for you or family members if they have it as it can make even simple tasks like bathing or cooking difficult to complete.
Fortunately, there are safe and inexpensive ways to make home living more comfortable for those with arthritis.
Change Your Kitchen Routine
If you or a family member has arthritis, it can be difficult to prepare and cook meals. One way to make things easier is to use ergonomic kitchen tools, such as a rocker knife, magnetic cups/spoons and a foam mat in front of the sink. It’s also more convenient to put cookware and appliances that are often used right at the countertop so that you won’t have to stretch or bend when reaching for cabinets or drawers.
Secure Bathroom Spaces
To ensure a better and more comfortable bathroom experience for those with arthritis, use an adjustable shower head or one that’s handheld. You can also add a supportive grab bar and anti-slip strips on the tub and shower areas to prevent injuries. A small bench can even be fitted inside the shower so that you can sit under the spray instead of standing up! Consult with a trusted contractor on how you want your bathroom remodeling to accommodate people with arthritis and other disabilities.
Implement Safety Precautions on Hallways and Stairs
You might benefit from a stairlift or a ramp if your hips and knees are affected by arthritis. Even if you don’t have this home modification yet, you can also do simple changes that will make it easier to walk through hallways and stairs. This includes clearing walking paths in your home, securing carpets to reduce accidental slips and installing guard rails on outdoor steps. You can also use a cane in one hand while holding the railing with the other to go up and down the stairs for better stability.
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