Assistive devices to help with everyday tasks

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Good advisor

Rheumatoid arthritis and pain that it causes can make it very difficult for the patients to perform everyday tasks. However there exists a number of devices designed especially for people with rheumatoid arthritis in order to ease their pain and discomfort.

Are you familiar with any of these devices to help you open tins/jars, hold kitchen utensils, dress/undress, use the car, etc.? Have you already used them?

If yes, you are welcome to share your experience with and your opinion of them, to help others with the information.

Thank you in advance for your support!

Beginning of the discussion - 17/11/2017

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Thank you @Margarita_k 

I have difficulty opening all jars & bottles so any suggestions from other members would be great.

Also does anyone have experience of/can recommend any insoles? My feet are sometimes so painful it’s an effort to walk.

Thanks

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I can no longer do the zip up on the back of my clothed and wondered if anyone else had issues like this and found a different way to manage it.

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Hi @SparklingGem‍ 

Try attaching a long cord or shoe lace to the pull section of your zip, get into it and grasp the cord. Slowly bring the cord up over your shoulder then, while sitting on/holding the lower part of dress or top, slowly pull up the zip using your shoulder as a pivot. If the zip sticks try moving the cord over to the other shoulder.

I hope this helps.

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Thank you Sally I will try that but how do you undo the zip when taking it off in the evening

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Hi I am having real trouble using a tin opener it is so painful does anyone have any ideas on what I could. Thank you in advance

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What about sing an electric tin opener

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@SparklingGem, if you leave the cord/string attached but tuck it down the back of your dress/top would that work? I don’t know if this will solve the problem though as it’s possible the cord might show. I’ve given up wearing anything with zips at the back for this reason!

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Thank you Sally. I will try it out see if it's works for me

Jean

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I have arthritis in my thumbs I was given hand splint but I find them clumsy especially when trying to prepare food any suggestions would be very grateful 

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