Having arthritis can make simple everyday things harder to do. It’s difficult watching an elderly parent struggle with basic things like eating, and you can help become part of the solution. You might be surprised how many simple tools there are out there that can help your parent immensely. From buttoning a shirt to opening the jam jar, there’s a fix for almost everything you can think of that your parent struggles with. Talk to your parent’s caregiver or senior care services about what kind of help your parent needs. They can also get your parent accustomed to using their new utensils and tools.
Here are some of the most popular arthritic aids:
- Jar openers that reduce hand and finger pain
- Curved or lipped plates so that food doesn’t get pushed off the edge
- Angled spoon handles so that your parent doesn’t have to turn their wrist while they’re eating
- Cup holders that go around glasses you already have, as well as specially designed cups to make it simple to drink out of
- Knives for arthritic seniors to be able to cut and peel food with ease
- Forks and spoons that have rubber bendable handles to swivel easily
And some other useful inventions that aren’t food related:
- A seat belt handle that attaches to the belt to make it easier to reach and pull over so that your parent can buckle up
- A universal remote with extra-large buttons so your parent can still watch TV, change the channel themselves and play DVDs
- Reaching sticks that let seniors not have to bend over to pick things up
- Handles with a hook that can hold several grocery bags to save your arm strength
- Invest in a book holder for the aging parent that loves to read. It will hold open the pages without getting in their way of seeing the text.
- A metal gadget that will push through button holes and grab the button to easily button up shirts, jeans, and any other clothes
- If your parent enjoys some gardening, why not get them a spade or hand rake with a flexible handle? The L shaped design is great for a natural wrist position while working the soil
- A shoe horn with an extra-long handle is a great tool for any senior
Living with arthritis can seem like a huge burden to your elderly loved one if they don’t realize how many things they can still do. Talk with your parent and focus on the skills they’ve retained as well as how they can get around their stiff fingers by using helpful tools, instead of thinking about how sad it is. Stay positive and encourage your parent by gently introducing new aids and helping them to realize how productive and happy they can be.
“I am passionate about our community and the people we serve”, states Mr. Fedele. “We have an obligation to take care of our seniors and allow them the dignity to age safely and independently in their own homes”.
Jon is married and has three children. He enjoys waterskiing and spending time with his family and friends.
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