Many people with arthritis are forced to give up activities because of physical limitations. With specially designed tools, gardening is one hobby which arthritis sufferers can continue to enjoy.
An important factor to consider when selecting an arthritis-friendly garden tool is how it feels in your hand. The pain of arthritis and hand deformity can make an enjoyable activity like gardening a challenge. A cushioned, non-slip, comfortable grip makes all the difference in your ability to control the tool.
LengthAssess your own limitations prior to selecting arthritis-friendly garden tools. Also, assess the type of garden you have and the type of plants you need to care for. How far can you bend or reach? Is the tool long enough to compensate for your physical limitations?
WeightA lightweight, easy-to-control garden tool is best. Since arthritis can sap your strength, choose a tool which feels manageable. A cumbersome, heavy tool defeats the purpose.
DurabilityMake sure the garden tool is made of durable material. A long handle won't do you any good if it snaps in half! The material must be sturdy and long-lasting. Metal components with cushioned grips are ideal.
AffordabilitySince arthritis-friendly garden tools are designed with special features such as long handles and rubber grips, extra cost can be involved. Consider the added convenience and independence the product offers when deciding if it is worth the extra cost.