Caring for a Person with Arthritis
This booklet has been launched to mark a new pioneering programme, "Caring Hands" which has been developed by Arthritis Ireland in partnership with Home Instead Senior Care to help people caring for someone with arthritis learn about the condition, understand more about its symptoms and realise how they can support someone with arthritis to live a full and independent life.
By participating in a free half day workshop, carers will learn about arthritis, what the "pain cycle" is and how to break it, the importance of exercise, and the benefits of relaxation methods. They will also receive some practical tips on improving communications between the carer and the person being cared for, as well as information on treatments for arthritis, and how to identify medical priorities. Ultimately, and most importantly they will learn about self management and how to provide help and assistance while enabling the person with arthritis maintain as much mobility, independence and control over their life as possible.
In this booklet you will find:
- How can a carer help someone with arthritis?
- Understanding what arthritis means
- Communicating effectively with the person who has arthritis
- Offering practical help with the treatment
- Are they getting the benefits they are entitled to?
- Where can I get support as a carer?