Living with chronic pain and physical limitations can make the simplest of tasks seem like drudgery. Imagine that every movement and motion you make with an afflicted joint causes you distressing pain. Tasks and habits and routines that most people take for granted become like an Olympic event for you. The physical limitations are a reality for someone afflicted with arthritis. Adjustments and adaptations can be made though to alleviate some of the difficulties.
Aids and devices are sold to make daily living easier. Raised toilet seats, bath tub benches, and long handled brushes are among the items which can help with personal hygiene. Wearing clothes with front closures, pull-on pants, and velcro shoes make dressing less of a chore. There are also buttoning aids, zipper pulls, and sock aids sold. Kitchens can be stocked with the most used items on shelves that are easy to reach. Lightweight, non-stick cookware also makes cooking easier.
What we learn as "the right way" to do something can be changed as we change. Ingenuity must take over and rescue us. There is more than one way to do something and those who suffer with a physical challenge can find easier and assisted means to do it. An occupational therapist can be consulted also for suggestions regarding special needs.