All this week our Acorn Stairlifts blog has focussed on Arthritis Care Week 2017, an initiative to raise awareness of the extent of arthritis and the support available for people diagnosed with it.
The campaign is run by UK charity Arthritis Care, which provides information, advice and support to the UK’s estimated 10 million people living with arthritis, and lobbies on their behalf. The central thrust of this year’s Arthritis Care Week has been to highlight the hidden impact of arthritis on mental wellbeing and call on Government and health services to do more to combat it.
Today we look in more detail at Arthritis Care and the invaluable services it provides. Working as a national charity with branches and groups all over the country, Arthritis Care provides a range of online and face-to-face services to ensure that no-one faces arthritis alone.
Its website, which you can visit by clicking here, is a mine of information for anyone either newly diagnosed with arthritis, or seeking better ways to live with the condition. It’s a great starting point, but the best way to get the most from the charity is to become a member.
Arthritis Care is a membership organisation which you can easily join to benefit fully from all it does, including full access to its support network of local branches and receiving an information-packed quarterly magazine. In turn, becoming a member helps Arthritis Care continue to provide and improve its services to people with arthritis. Becoming a member costs just £12 per year and to find out more about joining, click here or call 0808 800 4050.
Among the face-to-face services offered by Arthritis Care are drop-in sessions, activity days, individuals support sessions and other events across the county. The charity’s many local branches and groups provide ongoing support and understanding, bringing the opportunity to meet other people with arthritis in your local area, share experiences and learn from those of others.
Registering your details on the Arthritis Care website also gives access to an ‘online community’ where you can share your experiences, listen to others, ask and answer questions or share information. Registering is free, quick and easy and you can start by clicking here.
In addition to the wealth of online information available via its website, Arthritis Care operates a free and confidential helpline on 0808 800 4050. It is open Monday to Friday, 9-30am to 5pm, and each member of the helpline team had direct experience of living with arthritis or a similar long-term condition, or close links with someone who has arthritis.
Arthritis Care also publishes a range of factsheets and booklets to help people with arthritis manage their condition effectively and improve their quality of life. You can either download them from the website or request paper copies. Subjects include healthy eating, undergoing surgery, exercising with arthritis, benefits you can claim, complementary therapies, coping with fatigue, emotional wellbeing, managing pain, maintaining your independence and many, many more.
Several of the booklets deal with particular forms of arthritis, which is a broad term covering more than 200 types of rheumatic disease and which can strike at any age. To see the extensive list of publications produced by Arthritis Care and obtain copies of those which interest you, click here.
All the services provided by Arthritis Care are built around its five core “impact goals” – ways in which it aims to make a positive impact on the lives of people with arthritis. They are:
- Impact goal 1: To increase the number of people with arthritis who are able to manage their pain on a daily basis.
- Impact goal 2: To improve the health and wellbeing of people with arthritis and ensure more have the confidence to manage their condition.
- Impact goal 3: To reduce the physical and emotional isolation felt by many people living with arthritis.
- Impact goal 4: To ensure more people with arthritis can live an independent life, receiving the support they are entitled to.
- Impact goal 5: To improve services and ensure the voice of people living with arthritis is heard and acted on.
Acorn Stairlifts is proud to work with Arthritis Care in our ongoing efforts to tailor the design and features of our award-winning stairlifts to meet the needs of people living with arthritis. Installing an Acorn Stairlift is one of the key steps that someone experiencing reduced mobility through arthritis can take to secure their independence, both now and in the future. By removing the obstacle of stairs, an Acorn Stairlifts enables people to remain living independently in the home they live and to continue enjoying full use of it.