Arthritis Care

Everybody has heard of arthritis, yet few people actually know muchabout it. Arthritis simply means ‘inflammation of the joints’. There are over 100 different types of arthritis; some forms of arthritis are rare, while others, such as osteoarthritis, are much more common. There are several symptoms of arthritis, the most common ones being stiff, painful and inflamed joints and swelling in the affected areas. It affects about 850,000 people in Ireland – people of all ages can get it, and it accounts for one in three visits to a GP.

In Ireland, arthritis is the single biggest cause of disability and so Arthritis Ireland in association with Home Instead  has developed Caring Hands, a new support programme for those caring for people with arthritis.

Looking after and caring for someone with arthritis is a challenge. Striking the right balance between providing support and motivation without being over protective can often be difficult. As a caregiver, you also probably have many questions about arthritis – What is it? What can be done to manage it and what can I do to help?

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The Caring Hands Programme addresses these and many other questions through a workshop that will enable caregivers to understand more about arthritis such as its symptoms and how they can effectively care for people living with arthritis in their own homes so they can live a full and independent life.

If you are interested in finding out more about the Caring Hands programme you can download our leaflet.