Living with Arthritis

Living with Arthritis

According to, around 10 million people in the UK live with arthritis. That is an incredible amount of people living with joint pain every day, and there are even different types of arthritis affecting ⅙  of our population. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis, and it is estimated that 5.4 million people have knee OA and an estimated 3.2 million people have hip OA.

Whilst you can develop arthritis at any age, it is more common among the elderly. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), arthritis is more common among adults aged 65 years or older.

The link between arthritis and falls

The pain in a joint can reduce your mobility and balance, which increases the risk of falls, according to We have noticed that those who suffer from arthritis are choosing a falls detector package or telecare watch to help give them the peace of mind that help is on hand should they ever have a fall due to arthritis pain.  According to one study, people with pain in one lower joint, either a knee or hip, were 53 percent more likely to fall. Those with two affected joints had a 74 percent higher chance of falls while having three to four painful joints increased the chance to 85 percent.  

At Red Button, we really care for the well-being of our ageing population. We understand that living with arthritis can be a huge strain on the person suffering and cause worry for friends and family, particularly about falling. That is why we have gathered some information and tips on how you can continue living an independent lifestyle with arthritis.

Tips on how to make living with arthritis easier.

Eating healthy and staying active are among the top tips from the NHS and Age UK for managing arthritis.

  • It is important to ensure that you eat a well-balanced diet to not only keep strain off your joints as a result of being overweight but also that you have the appropriate nutrients and vitamins to maintain strong muscles and bones. 
  • Keeping active is also another key recommendation by top UK health associations. Regular exercise helps to prevent joint stiffness and also increases strength in muscles around the joints, giving you more stability. 

In terms of everyday home life, here are some quick tips that you can implement:

  • Keep things within easy reach so you do not have to strain.
  • Use a handrail when going up and down stairs or steps.
  • Use electric equipment rather than manual equipment, such as an electric can opener. 
  • Consider a telecare device for your peace of mind and that of your friends and family. 
  • A higher bed may help with stiffness in the morning.
  • Have furniture with more significant support, such as high backs and armrests so you can be comfortable when sitting and also lean on them when moving about your home.

So, if you are struggling with arthritis, just know that you are not alone, and there is support available to help give you back your confidence and independence. 

Our telecare packages are perfect if you are at greater risk of falls due to arthritis. Our Digital Lifeline & Pendant Package can be worn around the neck like a lanyard in case you suffer from arthritis in your hands and fingers and struggle closing watches or straps. It is also safe to use in the bath or shower, where trips and falls are more likely due to arthritis in the knees and hips. 

Also our Digital Falls Detector Package has an automatic detection feature, meaning that should you have a fall and you cannot press the button due to arthritic pain, the device will detect you have fallen and put you in touch with our 24/7 monitoring centre.

For more information on our telecare packages, get in touch.


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