Adapted scissors: What device will help my father use the household scissors more easily?

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What device will help my father use the household scissors more easily?

Question

My father lives at home alone and is having difficulty using the household scissors because of his worsening arthritis. Do you know of any devices that will help him with this?

Our answer

Arthritis can make it challenging to use the everyday household items we rely on each day. Given your father’s difficulties using standard scissors, you may be interested in knowing about the wide variety of adapted household scissors available on the market. Below are direct links to a few examples of these products:Easi-Grip Loop Handle Scissors, by Easi-Grip

  • Easy Action Scissors by Fiskars (at Walmart Canada) are considered “arthritis friendly” by the Arthritis Society and reduce the effort required for cutting by automatically re-opening after each cut. This product costs about $25 (Cdn), plus a shipping fee. 
  • Loop Handle Scissors by Easi-Grip (at ArthritisSupplies.com) are lightweight and only require a gentle squeeze to operate. This product is available from a U.S. retailer and costs about $12 to $15 (U.S.), plus a shipping fee. 
  • Push Down Table Top Scissors (at Flaghouse Inc.) allow you to cut by simply placing the t-shaped handle on a flat surface and pressing down. This product costs about $30 to $35 (Cdn), plus a shipping fee. 

 

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