For many people living in an assisted living facility, activities can be very important to keep them active and happy. Crafts can provide entertainment as well as a sense of accomplishment. However, for seniors suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, the thought of crocheting or needlepoint may sound painful. It doesn’t have to be that way.
There are many new products on the market today to make crafting more comfortable for people with R.A., such as rubber grips for crochet hooks. You can even use a rubber band wrapped around the hook for the same effect. Bamboo knitting needles are a more forgiving material than their metal counterparts. The type of yarn you use also can make a difference. Wool is more flexible to work with than cotton or synthetic blends. If needlepoint is your craft of choice, consider linen with a larger weave. You might also want a hoop or rack that can attach to a table, freeing the need for you to tightly grip the hoop.
Weaving things on a larger scale, such as a throw rug made from old tee shirts, can also be easy on the hands. You will also have a nice addition to your living space. So, don’t let R.A. get in your way of making something beautiful. Craft away!