There are many conditions that can make you feel as though your independence has been taken away, but fortunately there are plenty of aids to help bring it back for you.
The common problem of arthritis, which causes pain and inflammation in the joints can cause sufferers to find independent living difficult, but there are many different aids available to help you.
For people with arthritic hands in particular and in turn a lessened grip, soft handles on implements such as peelers and can openers is a simple solution that really works. There are also handy jar openers that will allow sufferers to open stubborn jars easily. Simple aids such as this can bring a person’s independence back.
Eating can also be a block in the way of a disabled person’s independence, but of course there are fantastic aids that can help you. ‘Knorks’ (a knife and a fork in one utensil) have made one-handed eating much easier, while specially designed kettle tippers allow people to make their own cup of tea safely. Similarly non-slip trays and no-spill cups and plates all help in giving sufferers the confidence to eat on their own.
Mobility aids are also a great way to get arthritis sufferers out and about and again, giving back their ability to go to the shops or simply just to leave their home whenever they wish. There are different types of wheelchair available, depending on whether the user can use their arms and hands without causing further pain. If the patient is able to use their arms and hands, a self-propelled wheelchair may be the best option but if the person struggles to use their arms or hands, an electric wheelchair would be ideal.