Ways to Adapt Your Home for PsA

It may be necessary to make adaptations to the home to ensure safety and functioning for people living with psoriatic arthritis. Many homes have choices or design elements that make daily living more difficult for people with arthritis. The needed modifications will depend on the individual. For some people, bending down is difficult. For others whose hands are most affected, modifications to address grasping or turning door handles are needed. Modifications to the home can help protect the joints by keeping them in the best position for functioning and can make daily tasks easier or more efficient to accomplish.1

Bathroom modifications

Bars or handrails can be added to tubs and showers to make it easier for the person living with psoriatic arthritis to get in and out. Non-skid mats or decals are also good for reducing the risk of slipping. Tub chairs or benches can also be used for sitting in the tub. Raised toilet seats or grab bars near the toilet can make it easier to sit down and get up. Faucet levers or tap turners are available for people who have difficulty gripping.1,2

Kitchen modifications

Many kitchen items can be modified to make food preparation easier. There are appliances such as electric can openers or food processors and utensils with larger handles or grips. Cabinet handles can be modified to make them easier to open. Kitchen faucet levers make turning on the water simple. The placement of the dishes and tools is also important to consider. The items that are most frequently used should be easy to reach.1

Walkways

Ensure walkways in the home are clear of clutter, electrical cords, or kids’ toys. Furniture should be moved out of pathways, and any rugs should have non-skid backs.1,2

Stairs

Stairs should have sturdy banisters to grasp. Outdoor stairs leading into the home can be replaced with ramps to make entry easier.2

Furniture choices

Sofas and chairs should be easy to get in and up from. Lower seats can be difficult to get out of, and the right height can make a big difference. The armrests on chairs and sofas should be firm to provide added support for getting up.1,2

Written by: Emily Downward | Last reviewed: October 2016.
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