9 Easy Home Adaptations to Ease Psoriatic Arthritis Symptomsby Tracy Davenport, Ph.D. Health Writer
Psoriatic arthritis symptoms can come and go with little warning. On those days when you are feeling your worst, small changes around the house can make your life easier. Read ahead for modifications you can make at home to help you feel your best.
Reduce your fall risk
If you are living with arthritis, falls are a potentially serious problem according to the Arthritis Foundation. Foot or toe problems related to psoriatic arthritis can change your gait and make your fall risk even greater. Installing night lights, removing throw rugs, and making sure you have a clear path to places you go to frequently in your house can reduce your chance of an unwanted fall.
Add some taller chairs
On days when your knees are not working like they should, it can be challenging to get in and out of a low chair. Adding a couple of taller chairs in the rooms you use the most can help you feel more comfortable. Shopping at secondhand stores for random furniture pieces can save you money and may even provide a fun outing.
Install handrails in the shower
Getting in and out of the tub or shower can be tricky if your joints are feeling weak and achy. Installing a handrail in the tub or a grab bar on the wall can help you navigate the tub more easily. These are projects that you may be able to do relatively easily by yourself.
Replace your old laundry basket
After a psoriatic arthritis flare up this summer, I bought a quality laundry basket. I was surprised how much of a difference a new basket makes in carrying the laundry up and down the stairs. Look for an ergonomic laundry basket that is solidly made, has comfortable handles with a good grip, and distributes the weight evenly against your body.
Add a mat for standing
A couple of years ago I added a thick mat in the kitchen where I stand to do most of my meal preparation. It makes standing there feel better from my hips to my toes. If there are places in your house you stand frequently, consider putting a portable mat down. They are often referred to as anti-fatigue mats and you can find them online or in a home improvement store.
Buy quality gardening tools
It is not uncommon to have a big yard or garden before a diagnosis of psoriatic arthritis. If you are in this position, try buying gardening tools that do as much work as possible for you. The Arthritis Foundation has recognized certain tools that are proven to make life easier for those with arthritis and have stamped them with an Ease of Use approval.
Raise your toilet seat
Toilet seat risers can make a simple trip to the bathroom easier on your joints. You can purchase them online or at your local drugstore. However, if you have psoriasis all over your body, be cautious that the seat you choose will not stick to your skin during a flare up.
Put bulk foods into smaller containers
A 10-pound bag of flour and a 25-pound bag of dogfood can be bargains when you purchase them, but they can also be difficult to lift when your symptoms are at their worst. After purchasing bulk items, place them in smaller containers that are easier for you to maneuver when you use them.