Things to help manage your Arthritis

There are many things out there which can either relieve the symptoms of Arthritis or help you manage them:

  1. Fischer handles canes with orthopedically shaped handles which distribute pressure evenly across the hand, ideal for people who have difficulty gripping and are unsteady on their feet. fischerhandle
  2. Elastic shoe laces which enable you to slip your foot into your shoe and you won’t have to keep tying your shoe laces.
  3. Large handled cutlery are much easier and more comfortable to grip. There is a choice of shape, weighted or non-weighted as well as different handle material such as foam or rubber.
  4. Jar/bottle/tin openers to help with opening containers, aids such as anti-slip discs which help with gripping jars; electric can openers as well as an “easy squeeze” can opener.
  5. Kettle tippers reduce the strain on the wrists dramatically and the worry of spilling hot water down you as you aren’t having to pick up the weight of the kettle. You just have to fill the kettle up using a small jug then use the kettle tipper to pour your boiling water out.M82599_1000_667
  6. Pill poppers can be used instead of having to fiddle with blister packs and dropping your medication, the medication is collected in the tube and can be poured out into a hand or container..
  7. Pen/pencil grips that go over your pens and pencils and give your something larger and softer to grip onto making it easier and more comfortable to write.
  8. Biofreeze is a topical gel pain reliever of aches and pains of muscles and joints associated with arthritis without the use of prescription drugs.Biofreeze_large

If you have any questions or would like to order any of these products you can:
Call us on: 01420 549481
Email us: info@outandabout-uk.com
Or visit our showroom at: 25 Southview Rise, Alton, Hants, GU34 2AB.
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What is Arthritis?

The 14th – 21st May is Arthritis Care Week 2016 and the aim is to raise awareness of what it’s like to live with arthritis. This can be done by sharing your story and getting involved using the hashtag #ArthritisMatters

Around 10 million people in the UK have arthritis and you can have arthritis at any age. Currently there are around 12,000 children in the UK with arthritis and approximately 27,000 people under the age of 25. And a staggering one in five adults in the UK has arthritis!

Arthritis means inflammation of the joints, and there are over 200 types. Two of the most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.Rheumatoid-Arthritis

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. It’s more common in women and can happen at any age but it occurs more often in older people. Osteoarthritis causes joint pain and stiffness because of changes to the cartilage in joints, and it usually develops gradually over time. Different joints can be affected for different people but it’s most seen in the hands, knees, hips, feet and the spine.arthritis-diagram

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation, mainly affecting joints and tendons. Like osteoarthritis it’s more common in women and can happen at any age, however it’s most common between the ages of 30 and 50 years and certain genes may trigger the development of rheumatoid arthritis. The disease usually starts in the wrists, hands or feet, and can then spread to other joints and other parts of the body.

Depending on the type and severity of your arthritis there are things that can help:

  • Medicationswrist
  • Exercises
  • Splints and supports
  • Massages
  • Daily living aids

If you would like more information about arthritis and how to manage it you can visit https://www.arthritiscare.org.uk/ and there will be more posts from us later in the week.

If you have any questions you can:
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Email us: info@outandabout-uk.com
Or visit our showroom at: 25 Southview Rise, Alton, Hants, GU34 2AB.
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Having trouble bathing?

Many people have trouble when it comes to bathing, this could be trouble stepping in and out, lowering and raising yourself or reaching to wash yourself. There are many potential solutions so these problems such as:
A Bath Step
A bath step makes it easier for someone to step into the bath by decreasing the height you have to raise your leg when stepping in and out. Works well for those who have trouble bending their knees.BATH STEP

A Bath Shortener
A bath shortener does exactly what you think, it shortens the bath. This enables you to always feel the end of the bath so that you have something to push against and don’t slip under the water if you don’t want to. Great for shorter people or just someone who wants  added security.BATH SHORTENER

A Bath Mat
Bath mats not only stop you from slipping in the bath they can also provide you with some cushioning against the bath which makes it more confortable to lay down. If slipping is your problem you could just try non slip bath strip stickers.BATH MAT

A Bath Seat
A bath seat is a small seat that sits in the bath and usually has non slip suckers on the bottom. This enabled people to sit in the bath but not have to sit all the way down into it, as they may have touble getting up from a completely lowered position.BATH SEAT

A Bath Lift or Cushion
A bath lift is a seat which sits in the base of the bath and can be raised to the edge of the bath so you are able to slide across and be lowered down into the bath. The bath cushion works in a very similar way when a compressor pumps air into the cushion and then releases it when you want to be lowered. A bath lift or cushion is great for someone who wants to keep their independence but still wants to be able to have a bath instead of a shower.BATH LIFT

A Bath Hoist
A Bath hoist is for someone with very little mobility who isn’t able to slide across a seat or raise their legs over the bath, the hoist does it all for you. The hoist is positioned adjacent to the bath. It lifts you up and over the bath then lowers you down into it.BATH HOIST

If you have any questions about bathing solutions or want to try some out, you can:
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Email us: info@outandabout-uk.com
Or visit our showroom at: 25 Southview Rise, Alton, Hants, GU34 2AB.
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Daily Living Aids – Arthritis

Around 10 million people in the UK have arthritis and it can affect all ages depending on the form of arthritis. Arthritis can have a drastic effect on someone’s day to day life and so we have listed some aids which can help with daily activities.

Getting around

  • Fischer Canes – The orthopedically shaped Fischer handle distributes pressure evenly across the hand, ideal for people who have difficulty gripping.
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  • Walkers with Arthritic Attachments – These walkers are great for people with limited hand use and offer additional support in the form of padded gutters which allows you to rest your forearms comfortably.560806
  • Cane stay – Cane Stays enable you to lean your cane against a wall or counter when in and out of the home.MP-99500-3

Getting Washed & Dressed

  • Long Handled Sponges – A simple solution if you find it hard to reach certain areas due to stiff joints etc. Different shaped sponges are also available so you can even wash in between your toes with ease!aa1831b_a_1
  • Button & Zipper Hooks – Enable you to do up buttons and zips with ease and without fuss, ideal for those who are loosing dexterity in their hands and fingers.f22624.main
  • Dressing sticks – If you have trouble reaching and bending your arms then the dressing stick might be for you.F21462_4
  • Bra-Angel – The Bra-Angel was made specifically to assist those with mild to moderate upper limb restrictions or limited hand dexterity to fasten a bra.559668
  • Elastic Shoe laces –Enables you to slip your foot into your shoe and you won’t have to keep tying your shoe laces!F19406_4
  • Shoe horns – Shoe horns aid with sliding your foot into your shoes without the need to use your fingers.71w1dSBYIOL._SL1089_

In the Kitchen

  • Tap Turners – Taps can be quite hard and fiddly to grip but the soft textured handles of tap turners provide a comfortable and secure grip when placed over the head of the tap making it a lot easier to turn. There are different tap turners for different styles of tap head.Derby_Tap_Turners
  • Large Handled Cutlery – Cutlery with wider handles make them easier and more comfortable to grip. There is a choice of weighted or non-weighted as well as different handle material such as foam or rubber materials.$_35
  • Angled Utensils – Angled knives etc can take the strain off your wrists and make it easier to grip.N05461.MAIN
  • Jar/Bottle/Tin Openers – There are many different aids to help with opening containers such as anti-slip discs which help with gripping jars; electric can openers as well as an “easy squeeze” can opener.241
  • Two Handled Mugs – These are ideal for people who find it difficult to drink from standard mugs due to frail hands, weak wrists or not being able to grip enough.Wade-Dignity-Two-Handled-Mug-White
  • Kettle tippers – Kettle tippers reduce the strain on the wrists dramatically and the worry of spilling hot water down you as you aren’t having to pick up the weight of the kettle. You just have to fill the kettle up using a small jug then use the kettle tipper to pour your boiling water out.M82599_1000_667

In & Around the Home

  • Key turners – Key turners can hold up to three keys and provides extra leverage and grip. They are lightweight and the keys fold away into the handle when not in use.asn3172-blue-key-turner
  • Pill Poppers – Instead of having to fiddle with blister packs and drop your medication, the medication is collected in the tube and can be poured out into a hand or container.41Elq-mbmaL._SX300_
  • Plug tugs – Makes it easy to remove a plug from a socket and reduces the strain on the fingers and wrists.prodmainimg2300_grande
  • Pen/pencil grips – These go over your pens and pencils and give your something larger and softer to grip onto making it easier and more comfortable to write.G45849_4
  • Playing Card Holders – This makes holding a hand of cards very easy!vm705
  • Book Stand – For those people who like to read but find it hard to hold the book comfortably.M76667_835_1000
  • Big Button Phones – Phones with larger buttons make it much easier to dial numbers which is great for those with reduced dexterity.m76459.main
  • Long Handled Dustpan & Brush – The long handles eliminate the need to bend down or kneel on the floor, putting less strain on your joints.M52997_1
  • Easy Grip Gardening Tools – Easy grip tools are designed to increase grip and comfort when gardening. Ergonomically angled handles keep the hand and wrist in a natural position whilst gripping.m78172_c

If you have any questions or would like to order any of these daily living aids then you can:
Call us on: 01420 549481
Email us: info@outandabout-uk.com
Or visit our showroom at: 25 Southview Rise, Alton, Hants, GU34 2AB.