Arthritis can be a real pain, both literally and metaphorically, with the swelling and stiffening of joints leading to reduced finger movement and a weakened grip. This can affect a whole host of day to day tasks including personal care, kitchen prep, outdoor activities and more. On top of our selection of gripping and exercise aids, we also stock a large number of gadgets and tools. These are ideal for those living with arthritis who are struggling with various aspects of daily living. 

In the series of articles, you will find a number of these daily living aspects broken up into sections. Along with some examples of relevant gadgets for arthritis and how they can help; so dive in and see which could be of benefit to you or your loved ones!

Personal Care 

If you find that getting up and ready on a morning is becoming increasingly difficult due to aching joints, then try one of these handy products:

eazyhold straps laid out all holding items
The EazyHold straps are great for holding a wide range of personal care items

The EazyHold Straps can be attached to a plethora of household items including a toothbrush, hair brush and make-up brush. Once attached, simply slide your hand in and the anti-slip strap will hold the item against your palm without worry of it falling from your grasp.

You can also use our Small Item Gripping Aid to hold items an any angle. And the flexible Easy Grip Hair Brush sits in your hand for easy brushing, whatever your hand function.

Toothpaste dispenser and holder in bathroom, toothpaste being applied. Suitable for reduced hand function: tetra, quad, cerebral palsy, SCI, spinal cord injury, stroke and more.
The toothpaste dispenser give you the perfect amount when you push your toothbrush in

To help get toothpaste out of the tube and onto your brush, there’s the Toothpaste Dispenser. Just load your toothpaste tube into the top of it, then push your brush into the slot at the bottom and the necessary amount is dispersed onto the brush.

lady using the body washer to wash her back
The body washer can be used to reach your back, legs and feet

The Body Washer is great for getting to those hard to reach places like the back, feet and legs; just put your hands through the handles at either end and then pull back and forth, no grip required. One side has soft bristles, ideal for creating a soapy lather to clean yourself with, and the other side has massage beads which promote blood circulation.

Gadgets for Getting Dressed With Arthritis

Zip Grips add a large ring to your zip pull

Zips can be particularly finicky when you don’t have perfect finger dexterity. The Zip Grips clip onto your existing zip, giving you a loop to put your finger through, thus allowing you to pull your zip up and down with ease. And if linking the two zip segments at the bottom of the garment is an issue then replace them with MagZips. Or get yourself an ANKHGEAR Hoodie with them already attached!

Button puller doing up button on white shirt. Suitable for reduced hand function: tetra, quad, cerebral palsy, SCI, spinal cord injury, stroke and more.
Do up buttons with ease

Other aspects of dressing that can prove problematic are buttons and laces. The Button Puller is a device that slots through button holes, hooks round the buttons and allows you to pull them through the holes with ease. The large rubber handle also ensures that gripping it won’t be an issue. 

Zubits magnetic laces . Suitable for reduced hand function: tetra, quad, cerebral palsy, SCI, spinal cord injury, stroke and more.
Zubits give you a wide opening for your feet

Zubits Magnetic Laces are stylish accessories that can be attached to the laces of any shoe, meaning they can be slipped on and magnetically sealed in seconds, completely eliminating the stress of tying them. And when it comes to taking them off, just pull the magnets apart and slide your foot out!

These are a few of our gadgets for arthritis that can help you to get up and dressed independently. You can find many more in our shop.