‘Room to manoeuvre’ – new report on aids and adaptations for people with arthritis

For people with arthritis, aids and adaptations can improve quality of life and empower people to live independently at home. However, despite policy being in place to ensure good provision of home aids and adaptations, people with arthritis are living without them.

Did you know…

  • Local authorities have a legal duty to provide, or arrange for, services to prevent people developing care needs, and delay the impact of an existing disability.
  • Anyone can ask for a needs assessment, and the local authority has a legal duty to conduct one to determine whether a person is eligible for care and support, including community equipment such as aids or minor adaptations.
  • Our recent survey found that 95% of respondents using aids and adaptations felt that this had a positive impact on their quality of life and 79% of survey respondents said aids and adaptations improved their ability to be independent.

What can you do…

  • Make your patients aware that this support is available from their local authority – in our survey only 15% of people with arthritis were aware of the duty of the local authority to provide aids and adaptations.
  • Find out the contact details of the relevant local authority and any local services that provide aids and adaptations so you can signpost your patients during consultation.

For further information about why aids and adaptations matter to people with arthritis you can read our recently published report ‘Room to Manoeuvre’ (PDF 812 KB).