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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.

Letterbox basket and key turner

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.

A contour grip

Plug adaptations

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.
For more information, go to www.arthritisresearchuk.org.
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