Equipment to help you in daily life
Arthritis makes the joints swollen, stiff and painful and can affect the ability to undertake daily activities. People may find they need aids to help them carry out these activities. A key person in helping to manage problems with activities of daily living is the Occupational Therapist . Occupational Therapists (OTs) work either in hospitals or in the community. It’s very important to protect your joints from unnecessary strain. An occupational therapist can give you advice about changing the way you do some tasks and on using simple aids or adaptations to make them easier. They can help by providing advice on the use of aids, equipment and adaptations to assist with everyday activities such as cooking or getting around the house. To see a hospital-based Occupational Therapist you will need a referral from your GP or rheumatologist.
Community Occupational Therapists specialise in home adaptations this can include fitting hand rails, showers and ramps. You can refer yourself to a community OT through social services. To discuss how you can obtain a needs assessment and for referrals to the community rehabilitation teams call the Adult Care and Support Access Team at Cornwall Council on 0300 124 131
For more information on the role of the Occupational Therapist see:
There are very many different aids you can get to help you with your daily activities. Below is an example of 7 low cost devices that can help.