Mark Tami MP urges people with arthritis to get a needs assessment

Arthritis and related conditions are the number one cause of disability in the country. Arthritis impacts every aspect of someone’s life; from getting dressed and going to work, to cooking meals and spending time with family and friends.

Aids and adaptations can help people with arthritis maintain their independence but many people with arthritis don’t know what exists or that they could be entitled to receive funding for them.

Mark Tami MP has urged constituents who suffer with arthritis to get in touch with Flintshire County Council’s Social Services and request a needs assessment to see what they may be entitled to.

Mark Tami said, “Arthritis is such a common disability when we get older and aids or adaptations have been proven to significantly improve people’s quality of life.

“However there are a number of sufferers who are not aware of what they may be entitled to and as a result, are going without equipment that could make a big difference to their livelihoods or are spending large sums of their own money buying them.

“I therefore encourage those suffering with the disability to get a needs assessment at the earliest opportunity.”

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– 95% of survey respondents who used aids and adaptations said they had a positive impact on their quality of life.
– 79% of survey respondents said aids and adaptations improved their ability to be independent.

All information and the survey available from https://www.arthritisresearchuk.org/support-us/get-involved/campaign-with-us/current-campaigns/care-and-support/aids-and-adaptations.aspx

Adult social care contact details available here http://www.flintshire.gov.uk/en/Resident/Social-Services/Social-Services.aspx