Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States with a diagnosis rate of 50% for people over the age of 65. However, arthritis is not limited to seniors, half of all arthritis sufferers are under the age of 50.
Because of their condition, arthritis patients open find tasks which non-sufferers take for granted very difficult. One of these tasks is opening twist top containers including: glass jars, milk jugs, soda bottles, et cetera. The grip strength required to open these containers is simply more than some arthritis suffers can muster, which is understandable considering the significant discomfort that would result if they tried. Many tools exist that aim to make opening twist top containers easier for arthritis suffers (or non-sufferers stuck with a particularly tight lid); however, many of these tools only work on lids with very specific diameters, many others simply do not work.
Put your DIY skills to good use and create a Personalized Assistive Container Opener for a loved one or friend who suffers from arthritis. This Instructable will demonstrate how to construct, using only a few simple parts, a highly functional and customizable Assistive Container Opener.
Step 1: Materials Required
- Some Non-slip Drawer Liner or other grippy, flexible material.
- One Empty Aluminum Soda Can
- One Package of Sugru in your choice of color or colors. Get it here.
- Optional: Ribbon, Glitter, Markers, or other decorating materials.
Step 2: Cut the Non-Slip Material
Next, cut an identically sized circle from a sheet or ordinary office paper. Fold this circle of paper in half three times so that it is divided by the creases into six even pieces. Then, cut out one of these slices.
After that, trace this cut out slice onto the circle of non-slip material. Then, cut this slice out of the non-slip material. After that, trace another slice directly next to the one you just cut out.
Step 3: Modify the Paper Circle
Step 4: Cut the Can
The first step towards dealing with the can is to rinse out the inside. After that, use a scissors to cut off the top of the can. Then, cut vertically down the can all the way to the bottom. Next, cut the bottom off.
The can should now be reduced to a rectangular piece of aluminum. Onto this rectangle trace the circular piece of paper with the wedge cut out. Just like you did with the non-slip material, cut the circle out of the metal and trace an additional wedge next to the open one.