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Ease-of-Use Program

Arthritis can dramatically impact the ability of someone with arthritis to go about everyday activities. How products and packaging are designed is a significant portion of this problem, but the good news is that many products and services have the potential to make healthy, active living easier – and more accessible – for the growing number of people with arthritis.

The Arthritis Society created the Ease-of-Use program to encourage manufacturers to design products and packaging that are easy to use for people living with arthritis and similar disabilities, and also to make it easier for people with arthritis to find products that were designed to make it easier for them to keep on enjoying the activities that they love.

To inquire about how your products can become part of The Arthritis Society Ease-of-Use program, contact Ed Wickham, Manager, Corporate Partnerships, Tel: 416.979.7228 x 3398 | ewickham@arthritis.ca.

  • How Does Product Testing Work?
    Every candidate product undergoes expert testing before earning the Ease of Use seal of approval. Each product is tested in a variety of ways, including scientific testing and testing by a panel of individuals living with arthritis who use the product and comment on its ease of use. Products may also be reviewed by The Arthritis Society's Medical Advisory Committee or in-house therapists. If a product receives favourable review, the manufacturer is invited to apply to The Society to be part of the Ease-of-Use program and to use the program logo for those products that have been tested. 

    The Ease-of-Use logo indicates the ease of use only and does not endorse the therapeutic properties of a product, and the commendation is not intended as a general product endorsement. Participating manufacturers make an annual contribution to The Arthritis Society in support of our mission.
  • How Can My Company Join the Program?
    To inquire about how your products can become part of The Arthritis Society Ease-of-Use program, contact Ed Wickham, Manager, Corporate Partnerships, Tel: 416.979.7228 x3398 | ewickham@arthritis.ca. 

Meet our Ease of Use Program Partners:

Home and Garden Products

Duracell Easy Tab®

Duracell EasyTab® batteries have longer tabs than ordinary hearing aid batteries, making them easier to handle. They are long lasting and colour-coded so they are easy to identify, and are available in packaging that is easy to open.

Fiskars PowerGear2 Hedge Shears

Our powerful shears make shaping and trimming hedges and shrubs easier than ever. The first time you try our PowerGear®2 Hedge Shears, you’ll be amazed — but it’s not magic, it’s gears. Our patented gear technology multiplies your leverage to give you up to 3X more power on every cut. This means you can power through thick branches that traditional hedge shears would struggle to cut. It also means that our hedge shears can be smaller and lighter than other shears, reducing strain on your hands, wrists and muscles when you’re reaching to cut a branch or have a lot of hedge shaping to do.

Fiskars PowerGear2 Loppers

Enhanced to maximize leverage where the branch is thickest, so you can power through branches up to 1-3/4" diameter with ease. The first time you try our PowerGear®2 Lopper, you’ll be amazed — but it’s not magic, it’s gears. Our patented-pending technology multiplies your leverage to give you up to 3X more power on every cut. This means you can power through thick branches that you wouldn’t be able to cut with traditional loppers. Our updated design includes modified gears and an innovative cam mechanism to optimize your cutting power in the middle of the cut where the branch is thickest and you need it most. The result is that every cut is even easier than our original PowerGear® cutting tools.

Fiskars PowerGear2 Pruner

Enhanced to maximize leverage where you need it most, so you can power through stems and light branches up to 3/4" diameter with ease. The first time you try our PowerGear2™ Softgrip® Pruner, you’ll be amazed — but it’s not magic, it’s gears. Our patented gear technology multiplies your leverage to give you up to 3X more power on every cut. This means you can power through tough stems and branches that you wouldn’t be able to cut with traditional pruners. For easy, comfortable pruning, our pruner also includes a contoured handle with a unique rolling design that fits the shape and natural motion of your hand, plus Softgrip® touchpoints for a more comfortable, secure grip. Our updated design includes modified gears and an innovative cam mechanism to optimize your cutting power in the middle of the cut where the branch is thickest and you need it most. The result is that every cut is even easier than our original PowerGear® cutting tools.

Fiskars Standup Weeder

Designed to remove weeds and their roots without sore knees, an aching back or harsh chemicals, with an enhanced design to make a weed-free lawn easier than ever. The Fiskars® stand-up weeder makes it easy to permanently remove invasive plants without sore knees from kneeling, back ache from bending or harsh, costly chemical herbicides that need to be applied multiple times. Just place the head over a weed, step down on the reinforced foot platform, and the four serrated, stainless-steel claws will grab the weed by the root for clean removal. An offset hand reduces wrist strain, a viewing window in the pedal makes claw placement mistake-free, and an easy-eject mechanism clears the head between uses for quick and easy cleanup.

Flexon Guard-n-Grip

Flexon's patented Guard-N-Grip plastic connector is designed to tighten and remove any garden hose to outside faucets with little effort. This original leak proof connection is easy to use and eliminates the use of a wrench or other tools. Designed for all ages, The Guard-N-Grip is a helpful tool that minimizes the strain of outside chores.

Home Depot Vigoro EasyGrip 8-Pattern 15-inch Watering Wand

EasyGrip handles were created to provide a more comfortable grip, so you can get more done with ease. Adjust the water flow with a thumb control, that eliminates extra strain on your hands. The 15 inch wand makes it easy to water hanging baskets or hard to reach areas. Switch between multiple spray options to quickly go from showering a newly planted flower bed to rinsing off the deck before a summer get-together.

Home Depot Vigoro EasyGrip 8-Pattern Metal Hose Nozzle

The EasyGrip 8-Pattern Nozzle is specially designed to provide the most comfortable grip, so you can get your gardening done with ease. Multiple patterns let you water a colorful array of petunias with a gentle shower or clear off the patio with a full spray. The rear trigger and easy to operate thumb activated lock eliminates strain on your hands. Designed to be light-weight yet durable to last for years.

Health and Wellness Products

Boehringer Ingelheim SPIRIVA® RESPIMAT® (tiotropium bromide) Inhalation Spray

SPIRIVA RESPIMAT is available in the RESPIMAT inhaler, which has been certified by The Arthritis Society for Ease of Use. SPIRIVA RESPIMAT Inhalation Spray is supplied in a carton containing one SPIRIVA RESPIMAT cartridge and one SPIRIVA RESPIMAT inhaler. The SPIRIVA RESPIMAT cartridge is provided as an aluminum cylinder with a tamper protection seal on the cap. The SPIRIVA RESPIMAT cartridge is only intended for use with the SPIRIVA RESPIMAT inhaler and should not be interchanged with any other RESPIMAT device delivered product. The SPIRIVA RESPIMAT inhaler is a cylindrical shaped plastic inhalation device with a gray body and a clear base. The clear base is removed to insert the cartridge. The inhaler contains a dose indicator. The written information on the label of the gray inhaler body indicates that it is labeled for use with the SPIRIVA RESPIMAT cartridge

Boehringer Ingelheim INSPIOLTO® RESPIMAT® (tiotropium bromide and olodaterol) Inhalation Spray

INSPIOLTO RESPIMAT is available in the RESPIMAT inhaler, which has been certified by The Arthritis Society for Ease of Use. INSPIOLTO RESPIMAT Inhalation Spray is supplied in a labeled carton containing one INSPIOLTO RESPIMAT cartridge and one INSPIOLTO RESPIMAT inhaler. The INSPIOLTO RESPIMAT cartridge is provided as an aluminum cylinder with a tamper protection seal on the cap. The INSPIOLTO RESPIMAT cartridge is only intended for use with the INSPIOLTO RESPIMAT inhaler and should not be interchanged with any other RESPIMAT device delivered product. The INSPIOLTO RESPIMAT inhaler is a cylindrical shaped plastic inhalation device with a gray colored body and a clear base. The clear base is removed to insert the cartridge. The inhaler contains a dose indicator. The light green-colored cap and the written information on the label of the gray inhaler body indicate that it is labeled for use with the INSPIOLTO RESPIMAT cartridge. Please see Prescribing Information, including boxed WARNING.

Boehringer Ingelheim COMBIVENT® RESPIMAT® (ipratropium bromide and albuterol) Inhalation Spray

COMBIVENT RESPIMAT is available in the RESPIMAT inhaler, which has been certified by The Arthritis Society for Ease of Use. COMBIVENT RESPIMAT Inhalation Spray is supplied in a carton containing one COMBIVENT RESPIMAT cartridge and one COMBIVENT RESPIMAT inhaler. The COMBIVENT RESPIMAT cartridge is provided as an aluminum cylinder with a tamper protection seal on the cap. The COMBIVENT RESPIMAT cartridge is only intended for use with the COMBIVENT RESPIMAT inhaler. The COMBIVENT RESPIMAT inhaler is a cylindrical shaped plastic inhalation device with a gray colored body and a clear base. The clear base is removed to insert the cartridge. The inhaler contains a dose indicator. The orange colored cap and the written information on the label of the gray inhaler body indicate that it is labeled for use with the COMBIVENT RESPIMAT cartridge.

SAFE STEP Walk in Tubs

If you have problems getting in and out of a regular bathtub, a walk-in tub can be the ideal solution for you. The low step-in, wide door and many other safety features will help you enjoy a safe bath anytime you like. Safe Step Walk-In Tubs are specifically designed for Seniors and those challenged by mobility issues who are looking to bathe safely in the comfort and convenience of their own homes.