ARTHRITIS & THE PRODUCTS THAT HELP

About Arthritis & Its Symptoms

There are over 100 different types of arthritis, but in all its forms arthritis involves inflammation and deterioration of the joints. The deterioration begins with the cartilage and as the condition progresses continues on with the bones of the joint.

Mobility & Accessibility Devices

There is a wide range of home medical equipment that can enhance the quality of life of people with arthritis. Your healthcare team can help you determine the devices that are best for you.

Canes the most common assistive mobility device, can offer basic support for safe mobility.

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Walkers/Rollators - Walkers, also known as rollators, can be a benefit to people who have the need for a walking aid but find that a cane does not provide enough support.

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Aids to Daily Living (ADL) can help a person to perform common tasks, such as meal preparation, eating, dressing and personal care. ADLs include reachers, large-handled cutlery, dressing aides, jar/can openers and more.

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Mobility Scooters can be helpful to those who have lost the ability to walk longer distances due to pain and stiffness.  

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Manual Wheelchairs, available in a wide range of styles, can assist with mobility for people with arthritis who find it too painful to walk. However, if their hands, arms or shoulders are also arthritic they may not be able to propel a manual wheelchair and should consider a power wheelchair.

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Transport Chairs are smaller, lighter versions of manual wheelchairs that are easier to fold and easier to load into a vehicle. Transport chairs cannot be propelled by the user because of their small rear wheel size.

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Power Wheelchairs can provide independent mobility for people with arthritis. Used both indoors and out, they are suitable for people who are unable to propel a manual wheelchair, but who have the ability to control their hand movements. Other types of driving controls may be available on select models if a person does not have sufficient hand control.

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Stairlifts can be helpful for people who find climbing stairs too painful or difficult as a result of arthritis. Both straight and custom curved models are available to fit virtually any stairway configuration.

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Bathroom Aids are essential for people with mobility impairments. Bath seats, transfer benches and bath boards, in combination with hand held showers, allow people to sit down while bathing to increase comfort and safety. Raised toilet seats make a toilet higher, making it easier for a person to stand up. Grab bars and toilet safety frames will also help to make bathrooms safer.

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Grab Bars are essential for anyone with balance or strength issues and useful for any room in the house. They are most often seen in bathrooms but can be installed anywhere it might be important to have a solid handhold available.

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Lift Chairs are excellent devices that comfortably raise someone from or lower someone to a seated position. When the user is standing, the chair will gently lower them into a seated or reclined position. When they are seated, the chair will safely, securely and easily raise them to a standing position.

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Commodes can be helpful for people who are not able to stand or who cannot stand for long periods of time, and are available with or without wheels. Those without wheels are typically used at the bedside and wheeled models can be rolled over a toilet. Shower commodes can also be used in an accessible shower.

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