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JointHealth™ insight – Summer 2018

English JointHealth insight front cover pageSmart Design for People Living with Arthritis

In this issue of JointHealth™ insight, we look at how smart choices in our living environments can make your arthritis experience easier, safer, and less painful, providing you solutions on how to modify your home or work environment.

In this issue, you will learn about:

  • Smart design solutions for home: Around the house, bedroom, dressing, kitchen, bathroom, laundry room, dining room, living room, and foyer
  • Smart design solutions for work: Desk and work schedule
  • The importance of educating co-workers and employers about arthritis

At Home

In nearly every room in the house, simple, good design can make life easier every day for people with arthritis. Whether disease affects your hands, back, knees, or other joints, re-thinking the way your home is set up can relieve pain and protect your independence, whether you are elder, middle-aged or young

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At Work

Researchers at Arthritis Research Canada have shown that workers with arthritis, who have more flexible work arrangements and have received job accommodations, are more productive at work and less likely to become work disabled. In fact, in an Arthritis Consumer Experts survey, our members ranked flexible work arrangements as the most important strategy that was helpful for maintaining employment.

While implementing changes in the work environment for employees living with arthritis, we must not overlook the real need for culture change in the workplace. The goal of creating more flexible and accommodating workplaces won’t be achieved unless we change how people think about arthritis and workplace accommodations. Employers and employees need to understand that for workers with arthritis, the struggle involves balancing their workplace responsibilities with the challenge of managing their disease including symptoms such as pain, fatigue, and stiffness, often with a gradual loss of physical function.

Although it may be difficult to control some aspects of your work environment, ACE recommends below some strategies that can be used, and simple modifications that can be made to make working with arthritis easier.

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