Putting on clothes can be a difficult task for people living with arthritis, limited mobility and range of motion, and other medical problems.
For someone living with arthritis, simple tasks, such as buttoning a shirt, tying shoelaces, or pulling up a zipper, are made difficult by joint pain and inflammation. Caregivers can help in this aspect but it can be a demeaning, intimate and tricky task for both parties. People with Alzheimer or dementia may also have trouble in dressing themselves. They may forget how to put on a shirt or which way the buttons face.
One way to make things easier is to use adaptive clothes. Adaptive clothes have details like Velcro tabs instead of zips and buttons, as well as adjustable or removable components that help to save time and reduce the risk of injury. “More importantly, this type of clothing improves one’s comfort and bolsters self-esteem,” said Ms. Punithamani Kandasamy, a registered nurse and caregiving trainer at Active Global Specialised Caregivers. In an interview with the Straight Times in Singapore, Ms. Punithamani explains how different types of adaptive apparel and footwear can be useful for both the wearer and the caregiver. Below is an excerpt from the interview: Continue reading
In honour of Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month in Canada, we have compiled a list of interviews from this year’s CRA Annual Scientific Meeting & AHPA Annual Meeting in Ottawa. The interviews below highlight models of care, advocacy, clinical practices, and different therapy options for juvenile arthritis. Continue reading
JointHealth™ insight – numéro de mars 2017
L’arthrite en milieu de travail : Employeurs et employés parlent-ils le même langage ?
Dans ce numéro du JointHealth™ insight, le comité ACE (Arthritis Consumer Experts) s’attarde sur la situation actuelle de l’arthrite en milieu de travail. Découvrez pourquoi la Ville d’Ottawa et le Réseau de télévision des peuples autochtones figurent en tête de liste des meilleurs milieux de travail pour les employés atteints d’arthrite au Canada.
Dans ce numéro, vous trouverez également :
- Un aperçu de la situation actuelle de l’arthrite en milieu de travail, avec les statistiques les plus récentes sur les coûts de l’incapacité au travail
- Des suggestions concernant des mesures d’adaptation au travail les plus susceptibles d’aider les employés atteints d’arthrite
- Des messages importants pour les employeurs
- Des conseils pour les employés atteints d’arthrite
JointHealth™ insight – March 2017
Arthritis in the workplace: Are employers and employees speaking the same language?
In this issue of JointHealth™ insight, Arthritis Consumer Experts looks at the current state of arthritis in the workplace. Find out what makes the City of Ottawa and Aboriginal Peoples Television Network two of Canada’s best workplaces for employees living with arthritis.
In this issue, you will also find:
- A summary on arthritis in the workplace, including the latest statistics about the cost of work disability
- Suggestions on what kind of flexible work arragements would help workers with arthritis
- Key messages for employers
- Tips for employees living with arthritis
Making it work: Employment & Arthritis
Arthritis Research Canada is looking for participants to join a study on preventing work loss for people with osteoarthritis.
Purpose of this study: The aim of this study is to develop an on-line eLearning self-management program to help people with osteoarthritis deal with employment issues and stay employed.
Who can participate?
Anyone from the province of British Columbia and Alberta.
To be eligible to participate in this study, you must:
- Be between the ages of 18 and 70 years;
- Have been told by a physician that you have osteoarthritis in either the hip, the knee, or your hands;
- Be currently employed OR having stopped working in the past 5 years;
What is involved? Continue reading