Independent living

Rowena CroppedAchieving the level of independence you want can be a challenge if you have arthritis. Daily activities such as dressing, cooking and shopping can take longer due to pain, loss of mobility and fatigue. This information looks at how to overcome these barriers, and there are plenty of ideas that could make your life easier.

This is a condensed version. To read the full version, download our Independent Living and Arthritis booklet here.  

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The pain and stiffness of arthritis can sometimes make it hard to get a good night’s sleep. You may feel thoroughly exhausted, but being comfortable in bed can make a huge difference. You might want to consider:

  • a lighter duvet or blanket to make it easier to move around in the night
  • a comfortable mattress and bed at the right height
  • an electric blanket or hot water bottle to help with pain relief and relaxation
  • a good-quality memory foam pillow and/or mattress topper – but try before you buy.