Is it painful for you or a loved one who suffers from arthritis to get dressed on a daily basis?
Is it a challenge to do any of the following:
- putting clothes on
- putting socks and shoes on
- zipping the zipper on pants or a jacket
- using buttons on pants or shirts
- buckling a belt
- putting on a bracelet
People living with arthritis often need assistance from things like arthritis dressing aids and tools in order to get dressed on a daily basis.
Here are the 15 most useful arthritis dressing aids and tools for people living with arthritic pain on a daily basis:
1. Dressing Stick
RAPM’s Recommendation: RMS Deluxe 28 Inches Long Dressing Stick – Buy Now
- Helps in putting on and taking off clothing much easier for people with limited dexterity.
- Vinyl coated “C” shaped hook placed on opposite ends to help with zippers and shoelaces.
- Safe for delicate fabrics.
- Can also be used to retrieve objects.
2. Sock Aid Tool and Pants Assist
RAPM’s Recommendation: Pulling Assist Device – Socks Helper – Buy Now
- Ideal daily tool for people with limited reach or mobility.
- Helps in putting on or removing socks without bending over.
- Made of flexible plastic sheet and terry cloth that easily pulls socks up without damaging the fabric.
- Can also be used to pull up pants, skirts, and underwear.
RAPM’s Recommendation: Vive Shoe Horn – Buy Now
- A 24-inch frame that lets you out in your shoes while standing, no need to bend over while putting on or taking off your shoes.
- Gently curved horn to smoothly guide the heel into your shoe.
- Has a large, easy-grip handle for a comfortable and secure grip.
4. Grabber Reacher Tool
RAPM’s Recommendation: 32″ Foldable Picker Upper Grabber – Buy Now
- Has a rubberized, rotating jaw that helps reach difficult, hard-to-reach areas.
- Coated with anti-slip material to ensure items will not accidentally slip while you are reaching for them.
- Made from lightweight aluminum alloy for reduced strain.
5. Button Hook with Zipper Pull
RAPM’s Recommendation: Vive Button Hook – Buy Now
- An essential daily living tool for people with limited dexterity.
- Lets you easily button clothes and pull zippers.
- Has ergonomic anti-slip handle for a comfortable grip.
- Has thin steel wire for easy buttoning.
6. Hands-Free Adaptive Dressing Aid Shoehorn
RAPM’s Recommendation: Funnel Adaptive Dressing Aid – Buy Now
- No need to bend over to put on shoes.
- Made from flexible polyproline plastic that makes it lightweight and flexible.
- Easy to carry, ideal for travel.
7. Sock and Stocking Aid
RAPM’s Recommendation: Compression Sock and Panty Hose Donner – Buy Now
- Helps safely put on socks or stockings without stooping or bending.
- Made with rubber-coated metal to help people with limited mobility to get dressed easily.
8. Elastic No Tie Shoelaces
RAPM’s Recommendation: Lock Laces – Buy Now
- Turns any pair of lace-up shoelaces into slip-ons.
- Conforms to your foot for a custom fit.
- Ideal for people with limited hand strength.
- One size fits all.
9. No Tie Shoelaces
RAPM’s Recommendation: INMAKER No Tie Shoelaces – Buy Now
- No bending over to tie and re-tie shoes.
- Made from elastic silicone for easy use and stability.
10. Gait Belt with Metal Buckle
RAPM’s Recommendation: Heavy Duty Gait Transfer Belt – Buy Now
- Ambulatory aid is used to move patients and assist with walking and transferring.
- Helps in moving patients from one place to another.
11. Portable Chair Assist
RAPM’s Recommendation: Bandwagon Portable Chair Assist – Buy Now
- Helps in getting up from any position.
- Fall-resistant base.
- Has 3 padded hand-holds to help in assisting from different positions.
12. Mobility Tool for Moving and Dressing
RAPM’s Recommendation: RMS Hip Kit – Buy Now
- 5- piece kit that includes 32″ Reacher, Molded Sock Aid with 38″ Long Foam Handles, 28″ Long Dressing Stick, 22″ Long Handle Round Sponge, and 24″ Long Plastic Shoehorn.
- The Reacher helps in picking up objects.
- The Dressing stick has large vinyl-coated “S” and “C” hooks to help with putting on and removing clothes as well as pulling zippers.
- The sock aid helps to easily put on socks without bending. Over.
- A bath sponge helps with bathing independently.
13. Buttoner-Zipper Pull
RAPM’s Recommendation: Independent Dressing Tool – Buy Now
- Has a combination button hook and zipper pull for independent dressing.
- Ideal for people with limited hand function.
14. Bracelet Helper
RAPM’s Recommendation: Tang Bracelet Helper – Buy Now
- Help fasten jewelry.
- Ideal for people with limited hand movement.
15. Belt with Rubber Coated Tips
RAPM’s Recommendation: Loopbelt No-Scratch Web Belt – Buy Now
- No buckle belt is ideal for people with limited hand dexterity.
- Includes combined hook and loop fasteners for easy use.
- No nickel or metal parts.
It is understandable to sometimes feel overwhelmed especially when you are feeling the wrath of arthritis.
It is important to find ways to reduce swelling and find the right treatment that will work best for you.
Consulting your doctor before trying out new treatments or exercises is key to managing your symptoms effectively.
Using arthritis dressing aids and tools such as the ones above can be instrumental in living your daily life as close to normal as you can.