At one time, she could sleep until the sun rose high in the sky, but that was before. Now, it’s early to bed and early to rise–and pain is her alarm clock. She could be anybody; we will call her Janice. What makes her different—she is an arthritic person.
At one time, Janice dreaded the morning toilet ritual. It meant asking her husband, Stan, to help her onto the toilet. As time progressed and the pain become worse, Stan even had to help her with cleaning herself. Even though they had been married over 45 years, Janice understandably found this to be very embarrassing.
But arthritic toiletry aids changed all of that. Easing herself onto the toilet became a simple matter with elevated toilet seats or seats with strong arms to hold onto. The best gadgets, though, and the ones that made Janice feel more self-reliant: the wiping aids. Long ago it had become difficult to reach back or front to clean herself, and so hygiene was always a concern. Special tongs, spring-loaded clips, or even silicone-coated wiping aids helped change all of that, and gave Janice her personal toilet space back.
Janice goes straight from the toilet area to the shower. At one time, bathing was uncomfortable, painful, and slow. Often, her husband would assist. Showers are difficult to stand in for any length of time, and she didn’t always want to take baths. Some parts of the body were difficult to reach and often didn’t get washed as closely as they should have.
Now, taking a bath or shower is a snap with the help of a wide variety of arthritic bathing aids. Janice was surprised at first to see how many bath and shower chairs were available for arthritic persons: seats, grab bars, non-slip treads, sliding benches, and swiveling chairs.
Once in the shower, she takes advantage of more great shower aids like no-rinse shampoo, a long-handled scrubber, and even a tingly foot scrubber to clean and relax her soles.
Finally, it’s time to dress. What was once a series of painful maneuvers–often requiring help from her husband–is now pleasant with the help of arthritic dressing aids. Janice puts on her own socks with clever sock aids; inserts her feet snugly into shoes with telescopic shoe horns; and laces up with special fasteners. Dressing sticks gently grasp her clothing and assist her in dressing. Because of its soft tips, the dressing stick has always handled her dresses and blouses with the care they deserve.
Bathed and dressed, Janice is bright and ready for the day. Best of all, she did it all by herself, and with no pain or discomfort.