Overcoming everyday difficulties
Your arthritis can affect you in many different ways, but your occupational therapist will help you with some of the difficulties you face.
Making everyday activities easier
Your occupational therapist can help you to analyse your work, household and leisure activities, find out where there are problems and suggest changes that might help.
You may need to rethink the way you do things, such as:
- using your hands differently
- positioning yourself more comfortably
- taking more rest breaks
- getting help with heavier jobs.
For example, if you have problems with ironing because it’s uncomfortable to stand for too long or to hold the iron, then the solution may be to sit or perch on a stool, to wear a supportive wrist splint and/or to use a lightweight iron.
Read more about home adaptations, work and arthritis.
Gadgets and equipment
Your occupational therapist can advise on the best gadgets to make tasks easier at home or at work. There’s a huge range of aids and appliances available – from chunky-grip pens to vegetable peelers. If need be, the therapist can help you get special equipment such as kettle-tippers, bath seats, raised toilet seats and stairlifts.
You can get equipment through a local retailer or from a community equipment store or via a local retailer. Your occupational therapist can advise on what you need and where to get them.
Social Services’ occupational therapists are experts in home adaptations such as ramps, level-access showers and stairlifts.
If you have difficulties getting around, your occupational therapist can suggest vehicle adaptations to help you, such as a panoramic-view mirror if turning your head is difficult. Or they can help you decide on the best choices for your next car, such as an automatic car with power steering.
For more complex problems your occupational therapist can assist with getting help from other agencies such as Motability or a specialist mobility centre. They may also be able to advise you about wheelchairs and scooters.