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Devices that Lend a Helping Hand

The latest Arthritis Today had an article that I loved! Reach, grip, carry, written by Sean Kelley, listed 25 gadgets and tips to help with daily tasks. Some of the items are ones that I’ve previously recommended and others were items I hadn’t seen before. Below, I’m sharing the new ones that stood out to me most. These could be helpful to many with fibromyalgia, arthritis, autoimmune conditions or people recovering from injury. For some of my personal useful product favorites, check out my Resource page.

PurrFect Medicine Opener – Has divots, edges and grippers to make opening a bottle or other pill packaging easier as well as taking cotton out of bottles. It even has a pill splitter built into it.

Touch N Brush – This is a hands-free toothpaste dispenser that doesn’t require batteries or electricity. It even claims to be able to get the last bits of toothpaste from the tube. Included is a battery operated toothbrush, but you can use any toothbrush with the dispenser. This sure would be nice for days with achy fingers!

Hair Dryer Stand – Using this stand lets you blow dry your hair, hands free. It is designed to use on a counter top, can be bent into different positions. I’ve contemplated getting one of these for years.

Combination Dressing Stick/Shoehorn – These were listed as 2 separate items in the article, but this combo piece looks like a great option to me. Its angled hook holds and pulls clothing without the clothing slipping off, 2 Pushers aid in removing shoes and clothing and the shoehorn has a notch for taking off socks.

Hamilton Beach Personal Cup Brewer – If you’re a coffee drinker, single cup coffee brewers give you a quick cup of coffee without having a pot to clean. Obviously, Keurig brewing systems are quite popular nowadays, but I’ve linked to a cheaper option (both unit & coffee pods)

Door Knob to Lever Convertor – This kit converts a traditional, twist doorknob to a door lever, one size fits all. It claims it is easy to install and that the benefits over a metal lever are that it’s light weight and not as cold to touch.

Have you tried out any of these useful gadgets?

Arthritis Today magazine

Check out this article in the January-February issue


Comment from Selena
Time January 24, 2012 at 12:00 am

I love my Keurig! I’m the only coffee drinker in my house so single serve is especially good for me. As for door knobs, we’re slowly replacing them one by one, but these converters look so much easier! These are some great gadgets. Thanks for sharing this information.
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Felicia Fibro Reply:

I bet the price of replacing all the door knobs really starts to add up! Did you start with the ones that you use the most?


Comment from Selena
Time January 27, 2012 at 3:15 am

It’s not so much the cost as having to enlarge the hole before putting the new door knob in! Our house was built around 1949 and apparently door knobs were smaller back then. We did start with the ones we use the most.
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