Whether you are living with a chronic condition like arthritis, or a temporary condition like knee replacement surgery, limited mobility can severely impact your everyday life. Even the smallest tasks, like getting out of bed in the morning and tying your shoes can be extremely difficult. Getting around without help can make you feel like you’re a burden to others; this can lead to other conditions like helplessness and depression. Luckily, there is help. There are many things you can do in order to keep your independence and dignity. Here are ten aids that can help you around the house:
- Long Handle Shoe Horn: If you have trouble bending to put your shoes on, a long handle shoe horn can be your best friend. No more twisting or bending, no matter what type of shoes you have – from sneakers to dress shoes.
- Mobility Chairs: There are many different types of mobility chairs, rollators, scooters, and walkers to choose from, based on your level of mobility and your personal preference. The Zinger Chairis a good example of a versatile chair that gives you comfort and maneuverability, even in small places. It can be used to run small errands, or it can go with you in your car for longer trips.
- Lamp Switch Extension: These attach to the lamp switches and are larger and easier to turn on and off. Easy to install and ideal for those who want to lessen strain on the joints.
- Seat Assist: Place this on any chair in your home and simply press the button when you want to get up. The seat automatically raises so you can safely and painlessly get out of the chair. If you want something more permanent, there are larger chairs that have built-in seat assist features.
- Button Hook: This makes it easy to button your shirts, and will give you the independence you need to get dressed every day. Simply slide the hook through the button hole and the button pulls into place.
- Safety Bars: These are essential in the bathroom and bedroom. From helping you get in and out of bed to getting you out of the tub safely, these come in a variety of styles to suit your décor. More importantly, they can help prevent falls. This can give both you and your family peace of mind.
- Non-Slip Transfer Mats: Simply place these mats at the foot of your bed, outside your tub, or by your favorite chair to help prevent slips and falls.
- Easy Grip Key Turner: Holds several keys at once, and folds the keys in when not in use, making it easy to carry with you. The large plastic grip handle gives you extra grip power and is great for those with limited dexterity or limited hand strength.
- Ergo Writer: Writing grips gently positions the thumb, reducing stress on the wrist, making writing less painful. Some come with a cushioned finger rest, and most can be used for either the right or left hand. So go ahead and write that long letter to your pen pal!
- Vehicle Assistance Strap: This can give you much needed support when getting in and out of a vehicle. With adjustable handles, it can accommodate any height and any vehicle. If you find it difficult to travel because you can’t enter or exit your vehicle, this may be the solution you’ve been looking for.
There are, of course, many more aids that will assist you throughout your day, doing the many tasks you want to accomplish. Talk to your doctor or physical therapist for other ideas to keep you independent and safe throughout your illness or recovery.