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: Click Here
You can find local suppliers of daily living equipment who are located in Cornwall at this website:
https://www.livingmadeeasy.org.uk/retailers.php?county=CornwallCornwall Council have partnered with the national charity Disabled Living Foundation (DLF) to provide a quick and easy to use, online guided advice service called AskSARA which will assist anyone who finds that they have difficulties with everyday tasks. Family members and carers have also found this service to be helpful by making tasks easier for people who need a little extra support to remain independent.
AskSARA consists of:
-Expert advice written by DLF’s team of occupational therapists -Case studies about how products can help you stay independent -Signposting to relevant services provided by both public and private organisations -Details of products that might help you, guide prices and where you can obtain them
AskSARA works in three easy steps:
1. You choose a topic relating to your health, your home or daily living activities
2. You are asked some questions
3. You are given advice and product suggestions through a personalised report
4. AskSARA provides a list of suppliers in Cornwall and elsewhere
You can find AskSARA here: https://www.supportincornwall.org.uk/kb5/cornwall/directory/service.page?id=vINGmUckQiQ