Almost 20% of North Americans are currently living with some form of arthritis. While the treatments for arthritis are ever-expanding, there are many ways to make your everyday activities easier so that you’re not constantly aggravating the problem. As a rehab physician, some of the most common problem areas for those with arthritis are the fingers and hands. Once arthritis becomes more advances, certain movements can be exceptionally aggravating, movements like opening a door. The good news is, making your home more conducive to your condition is simple and easy. Replacing turning doorknobs with levers helps to minimize that specific turning movement that causes so much discomfort, and is actually a more stylish option for the doors inside and outside of your home.
So what should you look for when choosing a door lever? We’ve picked our favorite: Click any of the images below to shop these levers.
If you’re looking to replace all of the door handles in your home, indoor levers are simple and come in a plethora of styles. For indoor, you can work with whatever aesthetic is already in your home. Here are a few examples:
Each of these styles is sleek and has an easy-grip, perfect for those with muscle weakness or arthritis. When choosing the levers for your home, think about the features you would like to see. Many newer homes are installing these in lieu of regular knobs, which could aide in the resale value of your home (should you choose to eventually sell).
Over The Knob Levers:
This is a great option if you do not want to do any sort of renovation. These levers fit over doorknobs, and their express purpose is to make opening doors easier for those with dexterity issues.
For Exterior Doors:
There are so many options for your exterior lever. You can find them with or without deadbolts, and they come in a range of styles, like the black version below that’s a little bit more antique.
Many actually operate with your thumbprint or code you punch in so that you can avoid turning your wrist when unlocking your door. This is also a fantastic option for seniors who are experiencing cognitive issues. The lack of a key or a code will ensure that you are able to enter and exit your home, and many have an auto-locking system when you leave.
Door levers are a useful and easy way to make the process of opening doors simpler. Depending on your mobility and budget, there are products that will work for you. Assess the mobility of your hands, and ask your healthcare professional what the trajectory of your mobility is so that you can make an informed decision on what kind of aids you will need to get in and around your home. Whatever your situation, having the right levers in place will make it easier and more comfortable for you to age in your home. If you’re looking for a more comprehensive list of what you need to age in place, check out the IA Checklist here.