One of the most important ways to stay independent is to have the tools needed to accomplishing daily living activities, or DLAs. These include being able to get dressed, get up and down from a chair, bed or toilet seat and be mobile. Among the many categories of daily living aids, choices from the following can make accomplishing everyday tasks significantly easier:
When arthritis pain affects the joints in your hands, arthritis aids, such as therapeutic gloves and moist heat pads that contour to the shape of stiff joints, will bring relief.
Health & Cleansing Products
From cleansers that making bathing and shampooing easier to antiseptic hand gels, these aids help you see to hygiene needs.
Clothing & Dressing Aids
Make getting dressed easier with clothes and accessories that are easy to slip on, plus tools to help you with zippers, pulls, buttons and more.
Monitoring devices and other electronics make living on your own safer. Medical reminders help you stay consistent with needed medication while emergency devices call for help in a crisis.
Home Blood Pressure Monitors
Being able to monitor high blood pressure helps reduce your risk for heart events. Easier to use and read devices take the guesswork out of health and well-being.
Hot & Cold Pads
Heat and cold therapies are often used for pain relief. Products that can be easily applied deliver soothing help right where you need it.
Massage has both physical and emotional benefits. Home massagers, from handheld devices to seat cushions offer all kinds of massage in the comfort of your favorite chair.
When your joints need additional support to keep you active, wearing the appropriate brace, wrap, collar and sleeve can cushion and protect injured areas while increasing mobility.
A paraffin wax bath can nourish skin and help soothe aching joints in hands, feet, even elbows. These professional-style home models let you enjoy paraffin’s soothing benefits on your schedule.
When you’re not feeling well, the first question a doctor might ask is if you’re running a fever. Easy-to-read digital thermometers, some with a large readout or a voice that speaks the results, get you the answer fast.
Utensils and Dinnerware
We take eating and drinking for granted, but when our hands aren’t as flexible as they used to be, specialty utensils and tableware can help.