Appropriate appliances for the older arthritic patient

Can Fam Physician. 1972 Dec;18(12):61-3.


Many of the functional problems in the everyday life of the arthritic patient can be minimized by appliances. Examples of these are listed according to the job they do: altering height, improving leverage, enlarging handles, extending reach, improving safety, simplifying methods. The authors suggest sources of appliances, and mention measures such as structural alterations and patient education. Initial assessment of need, follow-up and planning in terms of overall rehabilitation are important; often an occupational therapist is best qualified to work out solutions.