Help and Support

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Arthritis Care is a UK-wide voluntary organisation offering help and support to people with all types of arthritis. They have a comprehensive website, a wide range of publications and a telephone helpline, as well as over 250 local support groups. Their publication ‘Living with Osteoarthritis’ is particularly useful. They also run self-management courses to help people gain skills and confidence to manage their arthritis and improve their quality of life.

Social care support

How you are affected by arthritis depends on many factors - in particular, which joints are involved.  If you find walking or tasks like getting dressed or preparing food difficult, contact your local authority social services department and explain the difficulties you are having.  They can arrange to assess what help you may be eligible to receive and recommend equipment and gadgets that can make tasks easier.  You may have to pay towards the cost of any services they arrange.

Financial support

If you have difficulties with personal care and day-to-day tasks or need watching over to make sure you are all right, you may be eligible to claim a non means-tested benefit – Disability Living Allowance if you are under 65 or Attendance Allowance if you are 65 and over. You can find out more about these and other benefits you may be entitled by calling Age UK on 0800 169 6565.

Further Information


Arthritis Care
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Helpline: 0808 800 4050 (freephone)
Arthritis Care is a UK wide voluntary organisation offering help and support to people with all types of arthritis.
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This Government website has useful information under the headings ‘money, tax and benefits’; ‘caring for someone’ and ‘travel and transport’.

NHS Choices website:
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Osteoarthritis can be found in the Health A-Z section. The pages contain information about diagnosis, treatment and support. It also includes an interview with patient explaining how she manages her condition and lives life to the full.
NICE guideline CG59 - The care and management of osteoarthritis in adults.
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Orderline: 0845 003 7783
Look on the website for the patient  version of the Guidance, under the symbol representing a small group and the words "information for the public".

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Tel: 020 7427 2460
Ricability is an independent research charity dedicated to providing free, practical and unbiased information of value to older and disabled people.  It has a range of reports including ‘Getting in and out of a car’, ‘Motoring with arthritis’, ‘Choosing a car’, Making your kitchen easier’ and ‘Choosing domestic appliances. Reports can be downloaded from their website and some are available as a free publication. Call the above number to find out if a printed version of a report is available.

We are grateful for the generous support of Dr Naim Dangoor CBE
and the Exilarch Foundation

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