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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.