Arthritis Tips from an OT

I’m Barb, Co-Founder of UnbuckleMe, Grandma of four, arthritis sufferer and Occupational Therapist (phew, that’s a lot of titles!) My biggest joy with this business (aside from getting to work with my daughter) is reading the customer reviews and hearing how my little invention has made life so much easier for fellow Grandparents! I know it’s made a world of difference for me and my grandkids (hence, why I invented it). 

I have a lot of experience as an OT helping patients gain maximum ABILITY and independence within their disability. I worked with spinal cord patients for many years, and this can present a wide range of challenges with mobility and function. More recently, after realizing my own struggle with arthritis in my hands, I’ve been interested to learn tips and tricks (or “hacks”, as my daughters call them) for managing arthritis in day to day life, especially while caring for my grandkids.

I was glad to partner with the Arthritis Foundation recently to present some of my favorite tips and product recommendations for parents and grandparents with arthritis who spend time with their kids/grandkids. You can watch my presentation here:

I hope it’s helpful to you, let me know what you think, or if you have specific struggles in your day to day life, let me know! Comment below.

Barb Heilman

Co-Founder, UnbuckleMe

Real customers say

I love this tool!

My 5 year old is now able to get himself (and his brother) out of his 5 point harness. This is huge since we are headed to kindergarten and I need him to be able to get out on his own in the drop off line.

Emily H.

Absolutely perfect product!

It does exactly what it is supposed to do and has made my life so much easier! With 6 grandchildren under the age of 5, it's a lifesaver! Thank you!

Symone S.

I'm thrilled with my gadget

This simple little tool has ended my "fear" of child car seats. The buckles are a "nail breaker" and nearly impossible for me to release.

Linda G.

No more broken nails

Love this. I've had so much trouble unbuckling our grandbabies seat belts. This helps so much.

Elaine B.

Simple to use

My wife and I bought two for our parents. They made an immediate impact with the ease for our parents to get the their grandkids out of the car seats. They both leave them in their cars so they always have them.

Brian R.

What a life saver!!

This is the best purchase I have made by far. My grandson loves it, because every time I use it he says, go G`Ma you did it. I recommend the UnbuckleMe to everyone who uses a car seat. 

Catherine C.
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