If you have a grandparent that is moving in with you and they have arthritis, there are changes you can make around your home to make things easier for them. Below are two of these changes so you can determine if they would be right for your grandparent.
Install Automatic Doors
With automatic doors, your grandparent would not have to turn a door knob or even push on a door. This is very helpful if they have arthritis in their hands. You may think of automatic doors as commercial doors but they make residential automatic doors also.
You can purchase automatic doors that both open and close. You should consider, however, with this type it is difficult to open and close the doors manually. There are other doors that only automatically open that has a door closer attached to it on the opposite side. This makes these doors much easier to open and close manually.
You can purchase automatic door openers that come with wall switches or hand held remotes. The wall switches are installed next to the door and your grandparent could simply press a button to open the door. The handheld remote sends a laser signal to the doors to open them.
You can install a coded keypad next to the door which would require a code to be able to open it. These doors require electricity to function but you can get a battery backup in case the power goes out. This way, your grandparent could still be able to open the door without having to manually open it.
Make Changes in the Bathroom
Install a raised seat on the toilet to make it much easier for your grandparent to sit down and then to stand up. You can find these seats at home improvement stores and they can be installed in a few minutes.
Install grab bars on either side of the toilet for further help. Install grab bars in the shower/bathtub to make it easier for them. Put a non-slip mat or no-slip tape on the bottom of the bathtub to help prevent your grandparent from slipping and falling.
Purchase a bench to sit under the shower for your grandparent to sit on instead of standing up while they are showering.
Arthritis can be very painful and make it difficult to do a lot of things. Talk with your grandparent about other changes you can make to make life easier for them.