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    33 Things For People With Limited Mobility

    Whether your arthritis makes it tough to grasp things, you should avoid bending over at the waist, or just need a little aid hoisting yourself up from the couch, we found products that'll be a help in all kinds of little ways for everyday tasks. From elastic shoelaces to collapsible walking canes to grocery delivery services, we've got you covered.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. An Echo with Alexa voice command so you can queue up a favorite playlist, share weather reports, call a friend, and so many other tasks that normally require using your hands.

    Echo connects to Alexa to play music, make calls, set music alarms and timers, ask questions, control smart home devices, and more.

    Promising review: "My husband has MS and difficulty with dexterity. He loves music and the Echo has given him the ability to play his music for hours with ease. He can get the weather, news, and other information, as well. It has provided an activity that provides hours of entertainment." —L. Woodard

    Get it from Amazon for $89.99 (four colors).

    2. A simple grabber for serving as a 32" extension of your own arm to reach stuff on the top shelf or pick up items you dropped on the floor.

    Promising review: "I am very short and have arthritis and other problems with my standing and reaching up, down, or sideways. I can use it a lot! I was really happy to see this on Amazon's site. I have only had it a short time but it is GREAT not to worry about losing anything. I have used it to grab glassware and plates at home, picking up dropped or fallen items is no problem. Yes the price is a bit higher or even a lot to the cheaper models with the screws. I foresee this paying for itself many times over just in the few months. I will be using it a lot while I go through things, plus use it for day to day — and no more stress!" —Laura Mushkat

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    3. An on-trend waist pouch for easier access than a shoulder bag, like these quilted, sparkly, or fabric options.,,

    Read one BuzzFeeder's review of the quilted bag.

    Get them from Amazon: quilted for $18.99+ (four styles), sparkly for $19.95+ (19 styles), or fabric for $27.99+ (nine styles)

    4. A sturdy step stool with a handle to grasp when getting in and out of bed and vehicles, or just reaching for that pesky bottle of cumin in the kitchen cabinet.

    Promising review: "This is a great step bench, especially for someone like myself who has trouble getting in and out of bed due to a physical disability. It has the very same structural quality as the one in my doctor's office. Extremely good traction on the surface. Light enough to carry, yet heavy enough to stay where you want, for example beside the bed. I have owned it for almost two months and the only issue I've had with it is the bolts and nuts that hold the hand rail to the step worked itself loose. I retightened them very easily. A permanent solution would be to get four small lock washers from the local hardware store and place on the inside of each of the nuts and they will never come loose again." — starch1ld

    Get it from Amazon for $44.06.

    5. An easy-install safety grip as an extra hand for getting in and out of the tub if you don't want to commit to a permanent grab bar.

    Can be used on tub surfaces and shower walls. Simply press the tab levers to securely attach.

    Promising review: "After slipping in the shower on several occasions, it was time to look for some sort of assistance. My initial thought on these suction cup products was, were they really going to be able to hold my 185 lbs. after grabbing them for leverage to help prevent another slip and fall? SHOCKED!! Not only was I shocked at the gripping capacity of these suction cups, but being so simple to move around is a big plus. It took a couple of adjustments to find the perfect spot for me which would have been a mess using a permanent grab bar. Would and have recommended these to anyone needing that extra help in the shower or anywhere else there's a smooth surface for the suction cups to adhere to. Great for the grandkids too because of the ease at which they can moved at anytime!" —Michael Haynes

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

    A walk-in tub is a HUGE investment and may make bathing easier for folks with limited mobility, but this grip can be a flexible alternative for some. If you're in the market for a walk-in tub, check out one from Overstock for $2,799 (installation not included).

    6. A sturdy bath bench that'll provide a spot to park yourself when standing in the shower nor sitting in the tub is feasible.

    BTW, this can support up to 400 lbs.!!!

    Promising review: "Secure and sturdy. Never wanted to need one at the age of 40 but has made post-surgical recovery showering so much easier. Seat was a little wider than expected but find that it has benefit for me that way. Feet are adjustable to raise or lower bench and as far as I can tell non-slip/skid, as well." —JR

    Get it from Amazon for $28.49.

    7. A sex positioning cushion to help you get in the right spot so your partner can get at the right spot.

    The company Liberator specializes in a range of positioning products that'll help keep you propped up in a variety of ways in the pursuit of pleasure.

    Get this ramp from Liberator for $185+ (available in five colors) and check out the company's offerings of sex furniture on Amazon.

    8. A cult-status Hitachi wand with a long handle meant for external stimulation or a silicone plunge paddle that takes a lot less force to manipulate than a wood paddle.

    Get the Hitachi wand from Jet for $54.97 or Walmart for $44.89,

    9. Or a silicone plunge paddle that takes a lot less force to manipulate than a wood paddle.


    Get it from Amazon for $46.16.

    Want more sex toy suggestions? Check out Self Serve.

    10. A hands-free lube dispenser that'll also warm it to the perfect temp!

    Promising review: "Lube always felt like such a hassle before (the bottle, the spills, the mess), but with the Pulse, I am SO much more excited to add it to my intimate moments. It's a very discreet machine and looks nice on my nightstand." —Trystan Sill

    Get it from Pulse for $199.

    11. A jar opener you can mount underneath a table or cabinet and use with one hand. One. Hand! 👌

    Promising review: "This was bought for a physically challenged person who can't open ANY jars on their own. I installed it backward from the description — so the opening is facing away from you and you have to pull the jar TOWARD yourself. There's way more leverage available that way to open things. The person using it said, 'It's one of the best mobility aids I've ever used.' Unbelievable for just a jar opener but you can use it for pill bottles, milk lids, just anything with a twisting lid really." —wetcoast79

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    12. An automatic soap dispenser so you don't have to worry about pumping yourself.

    Promising review: "My mother (almost 90) has difficulty pushing down on most soap pumps, so I thought this might be the perfect solution for her. It was. Wish it came in a prettier or more contemporary design (it's not fancy, that's for sure), but it's very functional and works very well. Time will tell if it keeps working. Keeping fingers crossed." —Kaoru

    Get it from Amazon for $25.89.

    13. A rotating tray table to sidle up to your go-to living room perch and provide a stable hoisting help when it's time to get up for snacks.

    Promising review: "I had used other flimsy trays for my dad, but he could never seem to remember not to put any weight on it. With other trays, I would have to help adjust the tray in front of him and move it out. But with this product, my dad has the best of both worlds: He can easily swivel the tray toward or away from himself. There is a perfect cup holder, and the grip handle to assist him in getting up is great. As to putting it together, please be aware that the box is very heavy. I would recommend a fairly healthy man put this together for you (my sweet husband volunteered), or that you team up with someone to help. The instructions are extensive but could be easier — we had a tough time figuring it out. It took us about 10 minutes to do." —M. King

    Get it from Amazon for $149.

    14. A remote-controlled curtain rod so you can greet the sunrise on a timeline that works for you without throwing open the drapes yourself.

    Plugs into any wall outlet, so no electrician or contractor needed. Center open is perfect for picture windows and French doors. Has a 25 lbs. load limit recommended. Installs in about 20 minutes.

    Get it from Amazon for $166.75 (size 80"–144").

    15. A multi-surface robot vacuum to assign a regular cleaning task out to another party, aka not you!

    Promising review: "MAX and me. I am 80 and Max (iRobot Roomba) has been cleaning under beds and sofa, big area rugs, hardwood floors, tile around chairs, the kitchen, and bathroom halls, for a month. Max is wonderful. I have several young life injuries, now old age handicaps that prevent me from moving couches and beds to clean and vacuum under them. Home help is expensive at $20 an hour and they will not crawl under beds and sofas. Max has paid for himself twice and more in one month. I now programed him to run every other day and I miss him scooting around the house on his days off. I am thinking of getting his partner Braava mop after Christmas. Our place is a 1200 sq. ft. condo. Max has no problem on hardwood floors to carpet to tile." —Mary

    Get it from Amazon for $247.99.

    16. A foldable trolley for serving as your own personal shopping cart that won't strain your back.

    Promising review: "I am a caregiver for a mother who lives in a care facility. I am constantly hauling stuff back and forth from my home to hers and back, as well as hauling laundry, detergent, stain remover, and dryer sheets back and forth to the laundry facility from her apartment, because they have shared washers/dryers. I've been able to haul two cases of protein drinks and still have room for more lightweight stuff on top. I bought one for another resident (90 years old!) as she also has been breaking her back hauling laundry back and forth as well. It's very lightweight and has been a back saver!" —Kaoru

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (31 colors).

    17. A Magic Bullet set to make meals sip-able and easier to consume.

    Includes 1 high torque power base, 1 cross blade, 2 solid lids, 1 flip-top lid, 2 Comfort Lip Rings, 1 party mug, 1 short cup, 1 tall cup, and 10 second recipes book.

    Promising review: "I have chronic severe hand problems, and this machine has saved my breakfast life. I can eat a big meal without having to use a spoon to my mouth dozens of times which kills my hands. It allows me to make a shake full of oatmeal, fruit, and protein. It chops so well!" —Everlark

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99.

    18. An electric toothbrush and water flosser that'll take some of the motions out of your daily dental routine.,

    Promising review (toothbrush): "Exceeded my expectations. I'm right handed and due to arthritis no longer able to grip, pull, or push. It works great and now feels like I'm getting my teeth super just left the dentist clean." —sistersoe

    Promising review (flosser): "I am posting this review weeks after buying this product which I now use every day. I knew using this was good for my dental health but I didn't know it that using it would actually make my mouth FEEL BETTER. I highly recommend this, especially for people who having arthritis and trouble hand flossing." —patricia allende de jung

    Get them from Amazon: toothbrush for $39.95 and water flosser for $74.98

    19. A bracelet-clasping tool here to help you put on your favorite bracelet when no one's around to help.

    Promising review: "The greatest invention for those of us who are less nimble, whose eyes aren't quite as good as they used to be, and who don't always have a significant other to help us latch our jewelry. I bought several and keep them stashed in handy places and gave one as a stocking stuffer. They're not rocket science, but they work! I am wearing bracelets I haven't worn in several years because I couldn't latch them without this nifty tool!" —sunshan

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99+ (three colors).

    20. An XL shoe horn for sliding in and out of footwear more easily without having to bend at the waist.

    Promising review: "Good gracious! Never bend over again to put shoes on!! WOW! It's just a shoehorn, but it is a very LONG shoehorn WITH A HANDLE!! My husband loves it, as does a friend (I gave one as a gift!) who cannot use one hand or the opposite arm, due to a hard fall. Aside: It did bring out the sword-fighting mode in the two males in the area when the shoe horns came out of the huge, overly paper-stuffed box they were in! Honestly, this is a product that many of us can use at this point in our Baby Boomer lives! Awesome!" —Happy Happy

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99. Wear a lot of boots? Invest in a boot jack for $13.19.

    21. A set of elastic shoelaces that'll make getting shoes on and off even easier — especially at the airport security line!

    Promising review: "These are great! I recently had surgery to repair a snapped tendon in my ankle and found myself forced to wear trainers all the time. Tying them became a struggle from two factors, the surgery site didn’t stretch well to allow me to position my ankle and foot to tie my shoes and I have long stiletto nails. Until I progressed in my physical therapy to give me more movement, these were the answer! And they were perfect! I can see them as helpful for anyone with mobility issues, arthritis, or even fine motor skills disabilities. I can now tie my shoes no problem, but have left these on because they work so well! In fact, I’m about to order another pair for my other shoes." —D. Fine

    Get them from Amazon for $3.99+ (available in 13 colors).

    22. A pair of sock-like walking shoes or Vans velcro-strap sneakers you can ease into for a comfy, reliable fashion statement.,

    Get them from Amazon: walking shoes for $12.99+ (20 colors, women's sizes 5.5–12) or Vans for $41.24+ (six colors, men's sizes 3.5–13)

    FYI, Zappos has dedicated landing pages for easy on/off shoes, diabetic shoes, and orthotic-friendly shoes.

    23. A pair of pull-on jeans made for simpler dressing without sacrificing your signature style.,

    Get them from Zappos: Jag Jeans Amelia Ankle (eight colors, sizes 0–16) for $52.99 or NBZ Sunrise Jeans for $64.95 (sizes 30–38, inseams 30–32)

    Check out more pull-on pants from Zappos. FYI, the site has an adaptive products page chock full of lots of options for similar items like post-surgical clothing and sensory-friendly clothing. And Silvert's adaptive clothing selection is even more extensive if you can't find what you need on Zappos.

    24. A trio of motion sensor lights to help you better locate items without having to flip on a light switch or light the path on treacherous steps to help prevent falls.

    I installed these in my closet so I can tell all 20 of my black dresses apart from each other. They're fantastic! Auto-on within 10 feet, auto-off after 15 seconds of no motion detected helps prolong battery life. It will turn on only when it is dark and when motion is detected. Powered by three AAA batteries each (not included).

    Promising review: "This is a great product. I installed these lights on the stairs for my husband, who is handicapped. They sure help and take the worry out of him falling. I highly recommend them." —Judy Simpson

    Get them from Amazon for $12.99.

    25. And a toilet nightlight because one of life's most essential tasks shouldn't cause a trip just because it's 2:58 a.m.

    This motion-activated toilet light has 16 colors that can work on a rotation or as a solid color by using the control button. 170 degrees coverage makes it detect motion a much wider angle than most other toilet lights which can reach 120 degrees or less.

    Promising review: "To me it is a safety product, as falling off a toilet seat when you are half awake can cause serious damage to your shoulder or hip at older ages. I no longer have to turn on a bright bathroom light in the middle of the night and be completely woken up and spend an hour or two trying to fall back asleep. This one is much better and the colors are brighter and you have a bunch of colors to choose from." —Elmer B.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.59.

    26. A bedside caddy with pockets where you can stash all your essentials so once you've tucked yourself in for the night, you won't have to escape the covers to grab your sleep mask.

    Promising review: "I purchased two of these to go on each side of the bed. My husband and I love them. He works shift work and I get up early. Having our phones in these, instead of on a nightstand, keeps the light off and interrupting our sleep. It also holds the remote, finally no losing it or my sleep mask." —Radene L. Caison

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99+ (two colors).

    27. Or a bed rail with storage pockets in case you need to prevent rolling out of bed and a little extra boost when getting up.

    The EZ Adjust Bed Rail functions as both a bed rail and bed handle. Compatible with Tempurpedic, Leggett & Platt, Ergomotion, Serta Pranasleep, Sleepnumber, or 12–18" tall mattresses. It comes with a safety strap that buckles to your bed frame and keeps the rail safely against the bed. Weight capacity of up to 300 lbs.

    Promising review: "I purchased this in 2014 for my dad who needed both assistance with getting up from a laying position in bed and needed a rail to prevent him from rolling out of bed. This rail has been absolutely perfect in meeting these needs. The pockets in the cover are an added bonus to hold necessities (phone, tissues) within reach, not getting lost in the bed or falling to the floor. Dad has severe RA and dexterity in hands is compromised, yet he says he can easily press the button to adjust the rail (extend or retract). After three years of use, the button that allows the rail to adjust did break. I called Stander today and within minutes the rep indicated this is covered on a lifetime warranty and made arrangements to send a replacement rail (the whole top part). He said this will arrive, at no cost, in four days. This is good stuff. Kudos to Stander for providing products that ease the aging process for my sweet dad. :)" —Iowa Hawkeye Fan

    Get it from Amazon for $99.

    28. And a similar grab bar that'll fit onto your recliner or couch for assistance sitting or standing.

    Can be installed either underneath or around a seating cushion. Has an adjustable handle height of 22–32", width of 19–26", and depth of 23–26". Supports up to 300 lbs.

    Promising review: "I was so happy to find this item because I broke my hip and I was stuck o the couch. I needed this to help me get up from the couch. I am i pain when I try to stand up . I broke my hip one year ago and it is getting better slowly. You don't know how it is great to feel that you can do things on your own and not have to wait for someone to help you." —Carol J Schaffer

    Get it from Amazon for $79. Here's another option with circular grab handles.

    FYI, this is an alternative to a power lift chair. But if you're in the market for one of those, here are some options from Amazon, including a fabric one for $349.99 and massaging leather one for $319.98+ (three styles).

    29. A hydropneumatic lifting seat meant to provide 70% assistance while standing up from a chair when you're out and about.

    Promising review: "If you have a muscle disease or nerve disease that makes it very difficult to get up out of the chair, this is the answer. In your home, the best answer is clearly an electric operated lift chair but this does not give you the freedom you need to go out on your own to a restaurant and be able to get out of a chair, in my case, even if the chair has arms. It is better to set the chair for a weight somewhat higher than your weight. When you sit down it will not automatically allow you to lower the seat because of a higher weight but it is easy to reach your hands underneath the chair and pull yourself down. This makes it relatively easy, if the chair has arms, to rise up from most chairs on your own. This is life-changing for me because I love to eat at restaurants regularly but it is also useful in doctors offices, etc. Two things you should know however. First, you don't want to reach down to pick something up from the floor when you're in the Upeasy on a chair because as soon as you lean forward the seat assist well start lifting you. Second, on metal chairs at restaurants, the seat can slide despite the fact that there is a rubber backing applied to the bottom." —CAReed

    Get it from Amazon for $80+ (95–220 lbs., or 200–340 lbs.).

    30. An adjustable folding cane with a soft gel grip that'll easily tuck into a shoulder bag in case you only occasionally use one.

    Promising review: "This cane is very sturdy, more so even than the wooden one I was using prior to purchasing this. It is a very nice color, the grip is soft and doesn't hurt my hand nearly as much as my old one. It folds up easily and to a good size, a great item for the price. The first test of this cane was a week in Disneyland (it came in a few days before we left). At first I had it folded up in my bag, but after some walking my knee started to give me a lot of trouble so I pulled it out. It was very easy to open, and it definitely helped (not sure I could have made it the whole week without this). Plus, since it can fold up, you can fold it and stick it in the seats' pouch when you go on rides. Very handy. It also works well in day-to-day life, but it is nice to know it can stand up to some harsher conditions." —Alyssa Greatbanks

    Get it from Amazon for $16.83.

    31. A purse hook so you can securely keep the bottom of your bag safe and sound, while also avoiding having to bend over and pick it up off the floor.,

    Promising review: "Exactly what I needed for upcoming travel. Large enough that I can easily hang my purse, I can even balance a purse with a wide shoulder strap. For those who wish it could hold the bag in the other position- physics require the loop to be as it is. Tucks nicely into my purse and will be well used." —MCW

    Get it from Amazon for $7.88+ (available in 15 patterns).

    32. A subscription to a meal kit service like Blue Apron or grocery delivery service like AmazonFresh that may help you skip some food shopping sessions without skimping on 'grammable dinners.

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    Note that some meal delivery kits may require chopping ingredients.

    Read about 21 amazing meal kit services and how 8 stack up in the kitchen. Also check out 35 groceries that are smart to buy online to help stock your pantry.

    33. A tablet stand as a hands-free way to keep your binge-watching screen in place at the *perfect* angle.

    Promising review: "I bought this because I'm a crabby old lady with arthritis and a bad back who turned into a pretzel every time I sat at a table and used my tablet. I got this in the mail and, as a cranky person would, I expected this product to be a dud. Well wasn't I surprised that it does everything it claims to do - and more! It is well constructed and even has a sturdy elastic contraption to keep a mini-tablet in place. You can position it any way you want, effortlessly, and I have used it at the table, on the sofa, even lying in bed. The best part is that I have less pain and am more pleasant to be around. I even have more friends. Thanks Tablift!" —MAP

    Get it from Amazon for $39.95.

    Don't want one that straddles you in bed? Check out one that hooks onto a table or other surface for $35.

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