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Living With Arthritis

by | Apr 15, 2022 | Blog

Arthritis is a relatively common condition that causes pain and inflammation in the joints. The NHS estimates that over 10 million people are living with arthritis or a similar condition. People of any age can develop arthritis, so if you’re living with the condition please know that you’re not alone.

Arthritis can have a big impact on your day-to-day life but there are products available to help make things that little bit easier.

Get a little help getting out of bed

If you’re finding mornings to be a struggle, a bed rail might be just the extra support you need to help you sit up and get up. They come in a variety of different styles, which one will work best for you will depend on what type of bed you have and the level of support you need.

Take the struggle out of showering

Arthritis can make it difficult to get as clean as you’d like. If this is sounding familiar, you might find long-handled bathing aids help to make it easier to clean those hard to reach places as you won’t need to bend or stretch as far.

Fuss-free dining

Mealtimes can sometimes feel like a minefield, especially if you have arthritis in your hands. But there are a variety of products that can help make eating food easier from two handled mugs If gripping is an issue; try cutlery that have chunkier handles to make them easier to hold.

Make it easier to get your shoes on

A long-handled shoehorn will help you avoid awkward, painful bending or stretching when trying to get your shoes on. There are a range of shoehorns available in different lengths and materials to help you choose the right one to match your needs.

Stay independent in the bathroom

Going to the toilet doesn’t have to feel like a mission. If you’re finding it difficult to sit down on the toilet and get off it again, you may want to consider a toilet frame. A toilet frame can offer you extra support when sitting or standing to help take some of the pressure off your joints. You can get either a frame on its own or some also include a raised toilet seat to reduce the distance you have to lower yourself to sit down.

Make it easier and safer to carry things around

A kitchen trolley is a simple and safe way to help you carry things from one place to another when you have days where you find it tricky to lift something. It’s especially useful if you want to carry hot meals or drinks from the kitchen into the living room so you can relax in your favourite chair.

Sit comfortably in your favourite chair

Sitting down can be an interesting prospect if you’re not sure you can stand up again when you need to. Getting furniture raisers for your favourite seat help to raise the height of it, making it easier for you to sit down and stand up again as you don’t have to push yourself up quite as far. If furniture raisers aren’t quite right for you, you could also look into electric rise & recliner armchairs to give you that extra oomph to get you standing up again.