Lamp switch enlarger: What device will help my grandfather turn on household lamps?

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What device will help my grandfather turn on household lamps?

Question

My grandfather has terrible arthritis in his hands and finds it difficult to turn on table top and floor lamps around the house. Is there a device that can make it easier for him to turn the small switches that are often found on household lamps?

Our answer

With or without arthritis, it can be very difficult to use the finicky switches found on everyday household lamps. You and your grandfather may, therefore, be interested in knowing about lamp switch enlargers, which are pieces of plastic that attach to lamp switches to make them easier to turn on and off. These devices require no electrical connection and are generally quite easy to install. Below are direct links to a few examples of these products:

  • Lamp Switch Enlarger (at agecomfort.com) is a handy tool that makes it easier to turn on and off table-top and floor lamps. This device, which comes in a package of two, costs about $10 (Cdn), plus an additional shipping fee.
  • EasyComforts Lamp Switch Knob  (at amazon.ca) fits over the existing lamp switch to provide assistance with turning lamps on and off. This device costs about $25 (Cdn), plus an additional shipping fee.
  • Enablers Lamp Switch Enlarger by Apex (at ArthritisSupplies.com) seeks to help individuals with arthritic hands to turn lamp switches. The larger triangular knob is much easier to grip than standard small round switches. This device, which comes in a package of two, is available from a U.S. online retailer and costs about $6 (U.S.), plus an additional shipping fee.

Keep in mind that your grandfather may need help installing the switch enlargers to make sure they are securely in place.

 

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