At NRS Healthcare, we are experts in daily living aids. If you have Raynaud’s, you may find the following daily living aids useful:
• Comfort when sitting – if your feet are affected by Raynaud’s, you may find it more comfortable to raise your legs when sitting by using a foot rest
• Food preparation aids – if there are times when you find it difficult to grip objects, these food preparation devices may help
• Dressing aids – if your Raynaud’s sometimes makes it hard to fasten buttons, put shoes on etc, these dressing aids may be useful
• Writing and gripping aids – if your Raynaud’s symptoms cause difficulty gripping, you may find these items useful for holding pens, cutlery, paint brushes, etc:
o Foam Tubing
o Pen Grippers
• Eating and drinking aids – if your Raynaud’s causes difficulty gripping cutlery or cups, you may wish to use large handled cutlery or large handled mugs:
o Kura Care Cutlery
o Good Grips Cutlery
o Thermo Mug
• Aids for household chores – you may find that your symptoms affect your ability to do things around the home such as carry trays/meals or stand for long periods (for example on a cold kitchen floor). These items may help:
o Household trolley
o Perching stool
You may also be interested in heat remedies to provide pain relief and comfort; this Wheat Warmer is ideal for use indoors and outdoors.
NRS Healthcare has a team of occupational therapist product advisors who can advise what products may be useful to you. Feel free to contact them on 0345 121 8111 or email [email protected].
Diet for Raynaud’s
There is no ‘Raynaud’s diet’ you should follow if you have the condition, but you should aim to eat a healthy, balanced diet such as The Eatwell Plan.
Some people take vitamins and minerals as supplements for Raynaud’s, but there is little evidence to suggest these have an effect. You should always check with your GP before taking Raynaud’s supplements.
Exercise for Raynaud’s
Exercise helps improve circulation and reduce stress, so it’s important to exercise if you have Raynaud’s. You may wish to explore options for stress reduction such as yoga. The NHS provides more advice about how to get fit for free.
Raynaud’s and employment
It’s unlikely that someone’s primary Raynaud’s would be so severe that they were unable to work, but it may present a problem depending on what job a person has, for example, someone who works in a very cold environment or outside may have difficulty doing their job.