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

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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.

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The Different Types of Mattresses

The type of mattress you choose is really important for your comfort and health, so the type of mattress best for you depends on your needs. There are seven main types of mattresses which each have different features and benefits.

  1. Spring – Spring mattresses are the most basic of mattresses and have been around for years. They are fantastic value for money and come in a range of different comfort levels. The majority of the support comes via metal coils that run through the mattressfoam bed.
  2. Memory Foam – Memory foam contours to your body shape and then returns to its natural shape when the weight is lifted. This means your mattress will last longer. There are also different densities of memory foam available for different comfort levels which offer pressure relief for low, medium, and high risk.
  3. Gel – Like memory foam, gel mattresses contour to your body shape which gives you great support while you sleep as well as pressure relief. They also regulate your body temperature, by storing and releasing heat when you’re too cold, and drawing heat away from you and into the mattress when you’re too hot.
  4. Latex – Latex mattresses are incredibly durable which makes then great value for money if you’re planning on keeping your mattress for as long as possible. Like memory foam and gel they are very supportive and will mould to the shape of your body so are great for pressure relief. A latex mattress might be a great choice if you suffer from allergies as the materials are hypoallergenic and anti-microbial.
  5. Air – When you hear air mattresses you might be thinking camping equipment but pressure relieving air mattresses are used in the prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers.
  6. Water – These mattresses are filled with water and are usually heated. They aren’t as popular as they used to be as better alternatives have become available.foam and air
  7. Hybrid – A Hybrid mattress is any mattress made up of two or more different materials whether it be spring and memory foam, foam and gel, or foam and air. Hybrid mattresses take the best features and benefits from each mattress type and combine them to get very high risk specifications, which are comfortable

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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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Walkers & Rollators – Things to consider

For those who have difficulties walking unaided or experience problems with balance but wish to retain their independence, Walkers and Rollators can provide a valuable solution.
There are lots of different styles of walkers and rollators with different features, so depending on your needs there are lots to things to consider.
Below are some questions you should be asking yourself.


Lets_Go_Indoor_RollatorWhere will I be using it?
There are Indoor walkers which are slightly narrower then outdoor ones so that you can manoeuvre around your furniture more easily, they also tend to have smaller wheels.
Outdoor walkers have bigger more substantial wheels so that they can grip and cope with less even terrain.

Drive-Heavy-Duty-Bariatric-Rollator-Walker-with-La-10215rd-1Do I need a seat?
Having a seat on your rollator can be really important if you need the occasional break whilst walking, if you want to stop for a chat or just get tired of standing whilst waiting in line at a supermarket.
If you want a seat you will need a four wheel walker if not then a three wheel walker might suit you although they can be a little less stable than the four wheeled walkers.

w9b7q_Compact Tri-Walker Blue_723x800How heavy is it?
Depending on whether you will have to lift or transport the walker the weight of the walker could be very important.
The lightest walkers start from around 5kg (think five bags of sugar), and these are made of strong aluminium.
There are steel framed walkers available but these are much heavier and harder to transport. The weight of the walker/rollator also affects its  price: the cheaper the walker the heavier it’s going to be, so don’t be misled by apparent (often online) bargains!

18_troja2gkombiHow do I store it?
Almost all walkers and rollators fold up in some way – front to back or side to side. This makes them much easier to store when not in use (in a corner of a room or cupboard out of the way); those that fold side to side are usually more stable when folded than those which fold front to back.   There are even models which have an additional folding option which makes them more compact – ideal for putting in the boot of a car, the luggage compartment of a coach or the hold of an aeroplane!!

MPB-Rollatorschirmhalter_zommbluedayposterpictureWhat accessories do I need?
Most walkers and rollators come with a bag or basket to put things in, some even have both but there are lots of useful extras such as a cane or an umbrella holder. Trays and anti-slip mats are also available so you can carry drinks etc.

If you have any questions or would like to try out some Walkers and Rollators then you can:
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