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Making Life Easier to Maneuver at Home

By Stephen R. Farris

As our bodies get older, we might not be able to move the way we did in our younger years. Simple tasks seem much more complex, such as climbing stairs, getting up out of a chair easily, or opening a can of food.

Besides the aging process, it could be a number of things creeping in. Arthritis is usually the first culprit to hit. However, joint pain in the knees, hip, and shoulders due to deterioration may have a hand in it as well.

These conditions can cause us problems trying to move about in and around the home, but there are a few things you can do to help make life a little easier and safer, especially if you are disabled.

Bathroom

Use non-skid rugs on floors in order to reduce the risk of them sliding and possibly causing you to trip or fall. In the bathtub/shower, place a waterproof mat on the floor area. This will also help in preventing slipping and falling while bathing. Another measure is to ensure bathroom and bedroom doors can be unlocked from the outside, just in case you fall and can't get up, and someone needs to get in to help you. Install grab bars near the toilet and in the shower to help assist you. This is a great idea for people who suffer from knee pain or balance issues.

Kitchen

Opening cans with a mechanical opener can be cumbersome, especially if you have arthritic hands. It might be a good idea to invest in an electric can opener to help with the process. If you have rugs in the kitchen next to the sink and backdoor, make sure they are non-skid. Keep a fire extinguisher handy and make sure your path to doorways remains unblocked.

For additional ideas and suggestions, visit with your local chiropractor to hear what they can offer in the area of overall wellness, exercise and nutrition. Some of their advice could easily translate into making life much easier on the home front. And if you are experiencing pain or stiffness in your joints, back or neck, they can help with that as well. 

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Wichita, Kans. 

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