The Most Useful Arthritis Aids To Have At Home (Updated, 2021)

arthritis aids for the elderly

Arthritis is a degenerative disease affecting our joints. Whilst you can’t get rid of arthritis, there are arthritis aids that can drastically improve quality of life. These nifty innovations help people with sore, stiff joints and restricted movement to live independently.

In this article we’re going to run through our favourite daily living aids for arthritis, based on experience from our clients (and my lovely mum who has osteoarthritis). We’ve split it by activity so it’s easy to find what you’re looking for, and there’s a real range of prices here including some below £10.

We hope you find this useful – and if you want to read more about the most common types of arthritis, then our article on the difference between osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis is a good place to start.

We’ve written about other adaptive living products in our article on making life easier for your older parents – find it here.

We’ve included affiliate links here – so if you click and make a purchase, we may make a small commission (at no cost to you). It’s to help us keep running our website.

Kitchen Aids For Arthritis

When you have arthritis, it can be difficult to cook and prepare food like before. These adaptive equipment suggestions for arthritis in hands and fingers can have a real genuine benefit to anyone who wants to hold their own in the kitchen.

Grip Assist Devices

These durable EazyHold straps give people with limited hand mobility the chance to take part independently in so many daily living activities.

We’ve included them in the kitchen section (they’re great for adapting cutlery for arthritic hands for example), but they can also be used to grip a toothbrush, paint with a paintbrush, hold a pen – the list goes on.

The flexible universal cuff is made of soft silicone and comes in a variety of sizes. Slide it onto the hand and you have a quick, comfortable grip.

Chopping With Arthritis

Here are a few different chopping utensils for people with arthritis. Depending on your parent’s hand flexibility and dexterity, there should be an option for them.

Best Knife For Arthritis

This knife is a good example of arthritis hand aids. It’s got a thick, easy grip and non slip handle which is angled to prevent wrist strain. It’s great value and a solid addition to any kitchen.

If your parent has the hand strength, a mandolin is a good option for chopping vegetables. We like this extra safe version which won’t take any fingertips off!

This mini Magimix won’t take up much room in the kitchen but don’t be fooled by its size – this brand is the king of chopping, slicing, mincing – even whisking eggs and making cake mix.

A great gadget for arthritic hands, the parts are easy to assemble and detach and there are only three easy to press buttons to control the motor. All the attachments come in a box that opens up like a bread bin so you can easily see and get the necessary part.  

Vegetable Peelers For Arthritic Hands

A loss of grip strength can make peeling vegetables harder. The usual peeler your parent has in their kitchen drawer may be too thin to grip well, meaning they either peel too much of the potato or even their hand.

This ultimate vegetable peeler and grater all in one is the holy grail – the food stays in place without slipping away.

Electric Tin Opener

Tuna, baked beans, sweetcorn – we eat so much food from tins but what happens when it’s hard to open them? We’ve found a great arthritis friendly option that works with both ring pull and normal tins.

By Kitchen Mama, this compact and cordless tin opener easily clamps to the top of the tin, and is easy touch start and stop. It works on AA batteries.

Cooking tip: If you’re worried about hot saucepans being too heavy, then encourage your parents to use a lightweight steamer or a microwave to cook their vegetables. And invest in some double handled saucepans to spread the load – they’re so much easier to hold.

Eating With Arthritis

There’s lots of different arthritis gadgets to help with eating. We’ve listed some below, to suit different levels of arthritis.

Lightweight Plates

If your parent is starting to struggle, it could be an idea to replace their plates and bowls with something less heavy but impressive.

This dinner set ticks the box here. It is sturdy yet lightweight meaning it’s easy to carry and use for people with arthritis in hands and wrists. The lipped plates reduce spills and it’s dishwasher proof. With its modern pastel colours, it also looks good on the table!

Good Grips Cutlery

Arthritis can be a cause of hand tremors (as can Parkinson’s disease, certain medication and more), and they can make eating more difficult. Arthritis aids really help with hand tremors, and we like this padded large handled cutlery set from OXO Good Grips.

Designed with an occupational therapist, the Good Grips cutlery are sturdy and dishwasher proof. They come highly recommended by one of our clients which is all the praise we need!

A mobility scooter can be a great way to give someone with limited mobility their independence back. We’ve got expert advice to understand everything you need to know before investing in a mobility scooter.

Plate Guard

If you’re looking for a lipped dinner plate but don’t want to invest in new tableware then this plate guard is a great kitchen gadget. Used to keep food on the plate, this plate surround reduces mess and is good for one handed eating.

Scoop Plate

Here’s another option for adaptive dinnerware – good for elderly parents with limited hand dexterity. A scoop plate (or scoop bowl) has a suction base so it doesn’t move from the table surface. The curved lip lets you scoop food up and off the plate independently.

Hobbies And Arthritis

Book Holder For The Elderly

When you have arthritis, something as simple as holding a book can be difficult. If your parent is a book worm, then this book holder could be the answer!

It is height and angle adjustable and fits different sizes of books, magazines and tablets (if they’re reading from an e-reader like a Kindle). The ergonomic design also means that people with arthritic shoulder pain (common in rheumatoid arthritis especially in the elderly) can read comfortably.

Writing

If your parent is struggling to write, then these nifty gadgets can make all the difference for arthritis sufferers. They slide easily onto Bic pens, turning the household biro which we all have lying around into a chunky pen suitable for arthritic hands.

Looking for more info on daily living aids? We can help! Read about getting in and out of the bath, and products for older gardeners.

Best Keyboard For Arthritis Hands

The repetitive motion of typing can be hard on arthritic hands and fingers which is why ergonomic soft touch keyboards for arthritis can help.

Curved so the hands sit more comfortably, they also work well with wrist supports. It may take some getting used to after a straight keyboard but it’s well worth it.

Assistive devices like Amazon Alexa can help people with arthritis. Your parent can use their smart speaker to ask it questions (“Alexa, what’s today’s news?”) instead of searching for it online or opening a newspaper. When it comes to the best smart speaker for the elderly, we rate the Echo Show. Find out why in our article.

Best Vacuum For Arthritis Sufferers

Cleaning the house may not be a hobby as such but it’s an important activity nonetheless! Hoovers are typically heavy and cumbersome, but a robot hoover changes all that.

A fantastic daily living aid, these vacuums work on their own to pick up dirt and lint from floors. All without your parent having to lift a finger, bend down or carry the machine. They have built in sensors to know where walls are, and are suitable for pet owners as will not go through pet excrement on the floor.

This option by iRoomba (the best brand in our opinion) also works with Alexa.

Clothing For Arthritis Sufferers

We can’t talk about arthritis aids without talking about easy on shoes, accessible clothing and clever ways to stay warm.

Shoes For Arthritis

The wrong shoes can exacerbate pain and tenderness in feet. Luckily, we’ve discovered Friendly Shoes which are designed for foot pain relief. Created by an occupational therapist, these specialist trainers have a wide toe box (E) to accommodate swollen feet easily. Their real USP is that the shoes open way up with side zips, which means you can easily slide the foot in – there’s no struggle!

Friendly Force adaptive shoes

Introducing The Able Label

We LOVE the adaptive clothing from British brand The Able Label. Their adaptive fashion range is classically stylish, with hidden fastenings to make it easier for people to get dressed on their own (or for carers to help them). From underwear to coats, blouses to belts, they have something for everyone. Find more about The Able Label here.

Help getting dressed with arthritis
Keep warm with this easy to open and close puffa coat
Men's pyjamas arthritis
Men’s adaptive pajama set

Imak Arthritis Gloves

These compression gloves for arthritis come highly recommended by my mum (and other arthritis sufferers). Developed by an orthopaedic surgeon and certified by the Arthritis Foundation, they provide non-invasive arthritis relief, reducing swollen joints and increasing circulation.

They’re longer in the wrist than alternatives and cover fingers past the middle knuckle. They have small rubber grip dots on the palm side, making it easier to hold things. These therapeutic gloves for arthritis can be worn day and night, and can be put in your normal clothes wash.

If you’re wondering ‘how do arthritis gloves work?’, well the pressure applied improves blood circulation, increasing hand warmth and removing extra fluid. Sufferers find they help during flare ups and to protect hands from bumps. If you want more compression, apply some Coban self adhesive tape – especially good if you want to cover individual fingers or toes. 

Dressing For Warmth

Arthritis sufferers can get even more joint pain in cold weather. Help them dress for success and stay warm with a thin Merino long sleeved layer. This thermal top comfortably traps in heat. They’re largely impervious to odours so can wear a few days without washing.

Keeping the extremities warm is so important. We love these heated hand warmers for instant heat (they were really popular when featured on our gift guide). They’re rechargeable and your parent can easily pop them in their pocket or gloves – great now we’re all spending more time outdoors too. Or get up to eight hours of heat with these disposable pocket and glove hand warmers from the sweetly named Little Hotties.

These sheepskin insoles are a cosy solution to keeping feet warm. Slip them into shoes for an instant burst of heat to soothe arthritic feet.

Magnetic Jewellery For Arthritis

Doing up your necklace, bracelet or belt can be harder when you have arthritis as your hands aren’t as nimble. These specially designed arthritis accessories look fantastic and feature easy clasps and fastenings for self-dressing. So your parent can still look and feel great.

Conclusion

We promised we’d write an in-depth article on adaptive equipment for arthritis in hands and fingers, and I hope we’ve delivered! My mum was the inspiration here, as she suffers from OA, but I know lots of other people who also find these arthritis aids helpful for daily life. Let us know what you think!

FAQs

What are the best products to help with arthritis?

There’s a real range of innovative arthritis aids to improve daily life. From clothing with hidden fastenings to lightweight cookware, read our article to find out more.

Can you keep cooking when you have arthritis?

Yes you can! Arthritis can affect the joints in your hand, making them swollen and painful to use. But innovative kitchen and cooking gadgets like easy open tin openers, two handled saucepans and ergonomic knives can help people with arthritis keep cooking.

How can my elderly parent get dressed independently?

If they struggle to get dressed, adaptive clothing can help. Hidden fastenings, velcro and a lack of buttons can help your elderly parent with self dressing and let them feel more independent.

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