Tips for every room
A few small changes can make life easier and safer if you have arthritis.
Avoiding bending down
- Attach a basket to the inside of your letter box.
- Move electrical sockets higher up the wall with an extension cable or by getting them rewired.
- Make sure you can easily reach items when you store them.
- Try using a reaching stick, or pick-up stick.
Making switches, dials and plugs easier to grip
- Large rocker, pull-cord or touch operated light switches are easier to use.
- Electric or gas fires are easier to turn on if the control knob is on the top.
- A contour grip will help if you have difficulty turning dials or knobs.
- Handiplugs and stick-on plugs can make plugs easier to pull out.
- Built-up key handles can help with inserting and turning the key in the lock.
- Wrapping an elastic band around rounded door handles can make them easier to open.
Avoiding trips and falls
- Remove any loose mats or carpets.
- Make sure your stairs, hall and landing are well lit.
- Make sure you have enough space to get between or around your furniture.
- Fix a second banister on the stairs and a grab rail by the front door.
- Think about altering your doorstep, especially if mobility is a problem or if you use a walking aid or wheelchair. Social Services can help with this.