According to Arthritis Australia, 3.9 million Australians have Arthritis. That’s 1 in 6 people.1
This is an alarming rate of people who live with chronic pain and stiffness. Research has linked joint pain to an increased risk for falls. The more joints arthritis affects, the greater the odds you'll take a tumble. In a 2015 Arthritis Care & Research study, people with pain in one lower joint – their knee or hip – were 53 percent more likely to fall.2
Besides seeking medical help and consultation with an Occupational Therapist, there are ways you can live with Arthritis, making your home safer for you to carry on your daily activities.
- In the toilet / bathroom, cut down on the need of bending and reaching by installing toilet raiser and arm support. Avoid positions or movements that put extra stress on joints. Putting a bathing stool in the tub or shower is a good idea for people who have arthritis in the legs.
- Use labour-saving equipment and adaptive aids for reaching can help to reduce the risk of falls and strain to the joints.
- In the kitchen, use electric can openers and mixers. Even for some tasks like turning knobs can cause wrist pain. Using a turner like this one from Etac can reduce risk of wrist injury.
Plan ahead and think about if you may struggle with opening certain type of packaging. In this article3 “That’s a Wrap: The Best and Worst Packaging of 2020”, there are types of packaging consumers have struggled with or found easy-to-open in the past 12 months.
Using casters on furniture can make house cleaning easier. A grab bar mounted over the tub is a necessity for many people.
A soft swivel Autoturn cushion to help you get in and out of the car without strain can keep you mobile with greater ease.
While making significant home modifications such as making your bathroom or kitchen more accessible requires a large investment, there are other affordable and easy to implement aids you can start using today, to help making your home safer.