Arthritis disability is common among older adults. The term arthritis can be simply defined as “joint inflammation,” or inflammation of one or more of your joints. The main symptoms are pain and stiffness in the joints.
It is among the most common chronic conditions in the United States and in many cases it does affect daily living and quality of life.
Osteoarthritis is most common in older adults. This condition causes the tissue that covers the ends of bones (where a joint is formed) to break down, leaving the bones to rub against each other. This causes pain and stiffness in the joints.
There is no cure for this disease, arthritis treatments focus on reducing the symptoms and improving quality of life. There are also adaptive devices for arthritis that help many people deal with this condition.
Disability aids such as canes, raised toilet seats, special eating utensils and others can help protect your joints and improve your ability to perform daily tasks. Such tools are often referred to as devices for arthritis because they help to alleviate pressure on the joints.
A speaker phone is another helpful item because you do not have to hold the phone to speak. Using the telephone can otherwise be difficult. A hands-free phone means no pressure on the joints to hold the phone; for dialing, a model with picture buttons comes in handy.
In the more serious cases people with arthritis often require assistance with personal care activities such as eating, walking, bathing, dressing, using the toilet, or other functions.
Dressing and Eating
Dressing aids can assist with grooming and dressing with minimum effort. Utensils with built up handles will help you hold utensils with more ease and less pressure on your joints.
Equipment and devices such as scooters for elderly, rollators and others can all assist with the limitations often associated with arthritis in the knees. Weight loss (if you are overweight) can also alleviate pressure on the knees.
Toilet grab bars for support, frames, and seat risers with arms can all facilitate sitting and standing with less effort, there are also toilet paper aids for additional assistance with toileting.
For bathing, transfer benches can help you enter and exit the shower or tub while sitting so you don’t have to lift your leg over the tub border while standing. Long reach items such as scrub brushes help with limited range of motion. All of these can facilitate bathing.
These are some of the devices that can help to improve quality of life while dealing with Arthritis disability. For more assistive solutions you may be interested in the related pages listed below.
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National Academy on an Aging Society Arthritis: A Leading Cause of Disability in the United States
National Institutes of Health (NIH) Senior Health Osteoarthritis