Arthritis and grasp products



by Nathan Wei, MD, FACP, FACR

Nathan Wei is a nationally known board-certified rheumatologist and author of the Second Opinion Arthritis Treatment Kit. It's available exclusively at this website... not available in stores.

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One of the biggest problems for patients with arthritis- particularly rheumatoid arthritis- is grasping. The following is a description of products available on the market for people with difficulties related to grasp.


In addition to the many easy to grasp medicine products available, there are many other products that help with activities of daily living. These include such everyday products such as pens to gardening tools to the more exotic. The following is a list of possibilities. The ads on this page will help you find the products you need.

Bed Caddie
Enables people with general weakness or decreased back strength to pull themselves up to a sitting position in bed using the 3 tiered ladder system. This unique device has cushioned grip handles and is made of durable nylon. The ergonomic buckle design allows for easy attachment to the bed and accommodates most metal framed and wood framed beds.

Big Lamp Switch
This knob has three large spokes to create more leverage for turning lamp switches. Just unscrew and remove your regular switch and replace with this one. Fits most standard lamps. Knob is 2 in diameter. 2 per package.

Handler

This versatile sling is made of polyurethane plastic that is strong and durable, yet flexible to conform to the individual's body. Features 2 sets of hand grip holes to provide the caregiver options for appropriate hand placement. For use when moving an individual between the bed, commode, wheelchair, or repositioning them in a chair. Measures 20 ½ x 8 ¼ inches.

Assisto-Seat
Ideal for anyone who has difficulty rising from a chair. With the simple pull of a lever the spring-action seat opens to about 45 degree angle to gently assist rising. Sitting down on an opened Assisto-Seat will slowly close it and lock it in the down position, preventing accidental opening. The Assisto-Seat is lightweight, only 7 pounds, and completely portable, working well with nearly any hard-seat chair. Covered in a soft, waterproof, blue nylon, with thick, foam plastic under padding.

Reversible Gel Seat Cushion
Gel foam layer enclosed in high density foam and covered in Staph Check Fusion Fabric. Great basic cushion provides effective pressure reduction at a reasonable price.

Bath Kit
You can use this bath kit to make cleaning your feet much easier! Foot brush and toe cleaner mounted on an extra long handle is a great tool for people with limited bending. Replacement wedge tips available.

Sof brace small
This comfortable elastic wrap has no rigid metal parts and provides warmth, moisture, and mild compression to temporarily relieve pain and stiffness associated with arthritis in the wrist joint. Recommended for use during light hand activity, sleep or rest to promote the natural alignment of the wrist. Slip your hand into the glove, and curl your fingers around the insert; then simply straighten your fingers when needed.

Coiler Shoe laces
Elastic shoelaces that put an end to tying your shoes! Ideal for anyone finding it difficult to bend or with decreased finger dexterity. Once in place, just pull to tighten and these elastic coils keep shoes secure yet comfortable. Available in a variety of bright, fun colors.

Ergo Mixer
Unique ergonomically designed angled handle is more comfortable and easier to grip than other mixers. The spatula attachment scrapes the sides to blend batter better and is removable for easier cleaning. 5-speed mixer is lightweight and ideal for use with our tilt-a-bowl for making your favorite cake!

Ergo Electric Knife
Use this knife for carving roasts, turkey and bread. This ergonomically designed electric knife has a contoured soft handle and uniquely angled blade to allow for more comfortable cutting. Includes a utility blade for smaller carving jobs. The Trigger-Guard locks out the switch for safer blade removal.

Grab bars
Wall mounted heavy-gauge steel grab bars for added support during sitting, standing or transferring. Weight limitation 250 pounds. Wall clearance 1 ½". White rust resistant coating. Available in a variety of straight lengths, and right or left angles. Hardware for installation included.

Grab bars Right Angle
Wall mounted heavy-gauge steel grab bars for added support during sitting, standing or transferring. Weight limitation 250 pounds. Wall clearance 1 ½". White rust resistant coating. Available in a variety of straight lengths, and right or left angles. Hardware for installation included.

Grab bars Left Angle
Wall mounted heavy-gauge steel grab bars for added support during sitting, standing or transferring. Weight limitation 250 pounds. Wall clearance 1 ½". White rust resistant coating. Available in a variety of straight lengths, and right or left angles. Hardware for installation included.

Foldable Commode
This folding toilet seat is comfortable, compact and portable. Height adjustable aluminum frame is easy to assemble, no tools required. Includes pail with lid. Conveniently folds for storing when not in use. Ideal for use in small apartments or when traveling.

Bi-Level Tub grab bar
Ergonomically designed to allow for proper grasp when getting into or out of the bathtub. Constructed of heavy-gauge welded steel, with attractive, easy-clean, white vinyl coating. Fits a wide variety of tubs, tool-free installation for temporary or permanent use. The stainless steel locking mechanism and rubber pads securely clamp bar in place while protecting the tub finish. Height above tub is 14-3/4 inches. Bar adjusts to tub thicknesses 3 to 7 inches.

Foldable Sliding Transfer bench
This Sliding Transfer bench has a molded contoured seat with non-skid finish that slides easily on a durable, lightweight aluminum frame. Ideal for people who have difficulty stepping over into a tub. The seat locks in place for safe sitting, then slides over for positioning in the tub for bathing. Improved design for easy assembly, no tools required. The molded plastic seat also has a showerhead holder. The backrest assembly is interchangeable for left or right facing tubs. Features wide set legs and suction tips for additional stability. The Sliding transfer bench also folds for convenient storage or travel.

Sure Grip Rolling Knife
Use this rolling knife to cut food easier. The oversized handle provides a more comfortable grip and less pressure is required to cut your food. Simply roll across food like cutting a pizza.

Easy Grip Peeler
This well made peeler fits better in your hand so less pressure is needed to peel food.

GT Ergonomic Garden Trowel
Feel the difference when you use these GT Garden Hand Tools. These ergonomically balanced and generously padded hand tools make gardening easier by better positioning your arm to reduce wrist strain, and to use larger muscle groups. Place your forearm through the well-padded loop, and grasp the large comfortable non-slip cushion grip handle. These specialized tools are made in America and are strong and durable, yet weigh less than 20 ounces. The metal tool end is made from strong, heavy 14 gauge steel and coated with a durable polyester. GT Tools are available separately or as a set.

Ergonomic Garden Hoe
Feel the difference when you use these GT Garden Hand Tools. These ergonomically balanced and generously padded hand tools make gardening easier by better positioning your arm to reduce wrist strain, and to use larger muscle groups. Place your forearm through the well-padded loop, and grasp the large comfortable non-slip cushion grip handle. These specialized tools are made in America and are strong and durable, yet weigh less than 20 ounces. The metal tool end is made from strong, heavy 14 gauge steel and coated with a durable polyester. GT Tools are available separately or as a set.

Ergonomic Garden Tool set
Feel the difference when you use these GT Garden Hand Tools. These ergonomically balanced and generously padded hand tools make gardening easier by better positioning your arm to reduce wrist strain, and to use larger muscle groups. Place your forearm through the well-padded loop, and grasp the large comfortable non-slip cushion grip handle. These specialized tools are made in America and are strong and durable, yet weigh less than 20 ounces. The metal tool end is made from strong, heavy 14 gauge steel and coated with a durable polyester. GT Tools are available separately or as a set.

Bath
Enjoy the relaxation of a tub bath in the bed. Deflated tub can be rolled under an individual, then inflated using the wet-dry vacuum. Tub inflates to 80 inches long, 32 inches wide, 10 inches deep to fit individuals up to 6 2 inches, and has an inflatable pillow for added comfort. The hand held shower connects to any tap up to 25 away. Drain hose can be closed for soaking in the tub, or left opened for showering. Tub is emptied and deflated using the drain hose and vacuum. A conventional garden hose may be attached to the drain hose if additional length is needed. Delivered complete with the pillow, 25 foot reinforced drain hose with on/off valve, 25 inch hose with shower head, wet & dry vacuum. Made of heavy duty 20 gauge vinyl, specially formulated to protect against microbacterial attack.

shower
Ideal for use with the E-Z Shampoo. Provides the comfort and refreshment of a shampoo to bedridden individuals. Fill the bag with 2 ½ gallons of warm water, carry to the bedside using the wooden handle, and hang on IV pole or bedpost by the sturdy nylon cord. Gently spray the cleansing water using the hose which also controls water flow with an on and off valve.

Tilt a bowl
No more lifting heavy cake batters!! Just tilt this bowl by its handle to pour, and lock into position for scraping or spooning. Stainless steel bowl is dishwasher safe. Mounted on aluminum posts and wooden non-skid base.

Rocker t-knife
Apply gentle pressure with your whole hand and simply rock back and forth for cutting food. Requires less strength and dexterity than other knives. Made from a large wooden handle and stainless steel single-edge blade 3-1/2 inches long. Carrying case sold separately to safely transport for use anywhere.

Un-Skru Jar Opener
This jar opener attaches to the underside of any table, counter, cabinet, shelf or bar. No adjustment necessary to open jars, and can be operated with one hand to open any screw on lid from 3/8" to 3 3/8" diameter. Place the top of the jar in the tool, and the gripper holds the lid while you twist the jar open. Constructed of glass-filled nylon with a steel gripper and includes 2 mounting screws ready for installation. Measures 6 x 3 ½ inches x 5/8 inches.

Multi-Opener
This practical tool is a necessity for anyone who has difficulty opening soft drink cans, liquid containers, or small bottles. Includes a magnet and a hole for hook hanging for convenient storage options. Has 3 different openers for a variety of items such as screw tops ranging from 5/16 inches to 1 ¾ inches, ring pulls on soda cans or pet food cans, or flip tops on shampoo and lotion containers.

Boxtopper with Built-Up Handle
This tool is great for people with weak hands who find it difficult to open sealed boxes cereal, rice or frozen foods or detergent. Constructed of tough plastic with a spongy oversized handle. Simply insert tool under box top flap and lift up to the open box with ease.

Translucent Plate Guard
Clip a food bumper onto any circular plate 9 to 11 inches to make scooping food onto utensils easier. The 1 ¼ inch plastic rail is dishwasher safe.

Scooper Plate-plastic
This 6 ¾ inch round dish features a scoop edge that gradually rises from front to back. The contoured rim allows food to be trapped and pushed easily onto utensils. Molded of white, heat resistant plastic, dishwasher safe with a non-skid base that prevents the dish from sliding.

Big Lamp Switch
This knob has three large spokes to create more leverage for turning lamp switches. Just unscrew and remove your regular switch and replace with this one. Fits most standard lamps. Knob is 2 inches in diameter. 2 per package.

Deluxe card holder
People with pain and or limited use of their hands will find using this holder easier than trying to hold multiple cards in one hand. Unique slot design allows cards to be easily added or removed. Pencils and small coins fit the extended front of the holder.

Door knob extension
Metal extension handle provides extra leverage so less pressure is needed to turn a doorknob. The lever is 3" long and fits round doorknobs from 1-3/4 inches to 2-3/4 inches diameter. A screwdriver is required for installation. 1 or2 per package.

Easy Grip Scissors
Lightweight scissors are ideal for people with decreased hand strength. Use your whole hand to gently close these scissors, and the plastic spring opens them automatically. These scissors can be used in either hand and the blades are stainless steel. Also included is a blade protector/hang-up holder. Different styles and sizes available:

Get A Grip
This useful tool extends your reach by 11 inches. Great for retrieving parking and toll tickets, ATM cards at drive-through banks, hotel card keys and a multitude of other uses. Anyone with difficulty grasping small objects will find this tool to be a helping hand.

Flexible Sock & Stocking aid
Use this tool to put your socks on without bending over. Great for anyone who has difficulty bending due to back problems or total hip replacement surgery. The thin plastic sheet is shaped to fit into a sock and keep it open for the foot to enter. Pull the sock onto your foot by pulling the cloth straps that are attached to the upper end of the plastic sheet.

Lotion Applicator
Use this specially designed lotion applicator to apply lotions, oils, creams or medications to hard to reach areas. 12 inches long built-up ribbed handle has a thumb rest and is angled in two areas for maximum maneuverability. Replacement sponges available.

Long Handle Comb
Excellent device for people who have difficulty lifting their arms above their head. The handle is ergonomically designed to eliminate excess movement of the arms when combing your hair. The plastic comb is attached to a 26 inch handle, and can swivel or be locked at any angle.

Long Handle Brush
Excellent device for people who have difficulty lifting their arms above their head. The handle is ergonomically designed to eliminate excess movement of the arms when brushing your hair. The nylon bristle brush is attached to a 26 inch handle, and can swivel or be locked at any angle.

Angled Swivel Back Scrubber
For people with reduced shoulder movement or difficulty bending. Use this long handle scrubber for washing your back or legs. The curved handle allows the user to wash his back by bending the elbow rather than raising the whole arm. Sponge is 3 ¾ inch diameter that swivels on the end of the 23inch long handle. Available with a straight or curved handle.

Button aid/zipper Pull
People with limited use of their fingers and hands will benefit from this double-duty dressing aid. The handy built-up soft grip rubber handle has a formed wire buttoning aid at one end and a brass hook at the other end for pulling zipper tabs. Small and handy, only 8 ¾ inches long.

Tube squeezer
Use this tool to simplify squeezing most any tube and reduces waste by getting all of the contents out. Just turn the key on the side to dispense product. The empty tube wraps around the key inside the plastic shell. Accepts metal or plastic tubes up to 2 inches wide.



Ring Pen
Takes most of the shake and muscle pain out of handling a pen. One finger through the ring creates a solid grip and the ergonomically designed barrel provides a natural resting place for the writing finger. Barrel fits snuggly between two other fingers. No pressure, no pain. Includes two refills.

Grater with Suction Feet
This specially designed greater has suction feet to hold the grater securely in place. Comes with a reversible plastic plate for either fine or coarse grating. The attached bin holds the grated food for easy usage and convenient clean up.

Hands free Hair Dryer Holder
This hair dryer holder supports your hair dryer for you! Your hair dryer can be positioned easily in this holder to allow hands-free operation. Three suction cups mount to nonporous surfaces or can also be permanently mounted using screws (not included). Holds hair dryers with handles up to 2 1/8 inches in diameter.

Spray Handle
This lightweight but sturdy plastic adapter fits most household and personal care aerosol cans. Large handle and adjustable trigger make spraying simple. Easily moved from one can to another. Great for anyone who hates pushing little spray can buttons with painful fingers or arthritic hands.

Reflex Carving fork
These ergonomically designed knives feature an attached handle with finger contours to facilitate your grasp. Special positioning of the handle and angle of the blade minimizes wrist movement, so your whole arm is used requiring less pressure in a more comfortable position.

Homecraft supergrip Utensils
Ideal for people with a weak grasp to hold utensils securely. This set of utensils have comfortable ribbed oversized rubber handles. Stainless steel silverware is dishwasher safe.

Key Turner
Ideal for people with limited hand strength or coordination. These heavy-duty key turners provide increased leverage to turn a key with a comfortable grip. Fold keys into handle when not in use.

Wanchik WriterA great tool for anyone with arthritic hands or difficulty grasping and controlling a pen or pencil. This specially designed device slides comfortably on, wrapping around your hand between the thumb and the index finger. Insert your standard pen or pencil into the holder. The tool supports your writing utensil for a more relaxed hand when writing.

Thumb supportThis thumb support provides warmth and compression to reduce pain in the thumb and wrist. Ideal for preventing overuse while allowing unrestricted hand movement. Place thumb in sleeve, and wrap around hand for a secure fit with the hook-and loop closure. Hand wash, air dry. Measure your wrist circumference for correct size.



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