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Making everyday tasks easier when you have arthritis


As the pain from arthritis becomes worse, keeping up with everyday activities may become more difficult.

Making changes around your home will take some stress off your joints, such as your knee or hip, and help relieve some of the pain.

Your doctor may suggest that you use a cane to make walking easier and less painful. If so, learn how to use the cane the right way.

Make Your Home Easier

Make sure you can reach everything you need without getting on your tiptoes or bending down low.

Find ways to avoid having to search for important items during the day. You can wear a small waist pack to hold your cell phone, wallet, and keys.

Get automatic light switches installed.

If going up and down stairs is difficult:

Other Types of Help

Find someone to help with house cleaning, taking out the garbage, gardening, and other household tasks.

Ask someone to shop for you or have your food delivered.

Check your local pharmacy or medical supply store for different aids that can help you, such as:

Ask a contractor or handyman about having bars installed on the walls by your toilet, shower or bath, or elsewhere in your home.


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Review Date: 4/17/2021  

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