LIVING WELL WITH ARTHRITIS, FOR ALL OF LIFE

At Prestige Nursing & Care we believe that those living with arthritis should be able to live a fulfilled and healthy life with the right support in place, tailored to their individual needs.

As an established provider we have been supporting individuals who require arthritis care to have an improved quality of life in their own homes and communities for over 75 years. We have been trusted by families up and down the country to provide care for all of life, evolving the level and type of care we provide to meet changing needs.

YOUR HOME IS BEST FOR ARTHRITIS CARE

We know through our experience of supporting thousands of people and their families, that faced with the prospect of needing long-term care and support for arthritis that most people would prefer to stay in the safety, comfort and familiarity of their treasured home and not endure the disruption caused from a move away.

For many a move from home can cause much upset, worry and for some confusion. Having routines imposed on how you live, leaving your loved one, feeling isolated from family and friends or your local community are all common concerns experienced by those facing a move into a care home, specialist care setting, or facing a prolonged stay in hospital.

Staying at home with arthritis care means you can continue to live life your way, whilst benefitting from one-to-one care provided by a competent and compassionate carer, so you can have an improved quality of life with enhanced well-being.

WHAT IS ARTHRITIS?

Arthritis is essentially inflammation in the joints and affects more than 10 million people in the UK. It most often develops in people in their mid-40’s or older, but it can occur at any age as a result of an injury or can be associated with other joint-related conditions. Arthritis causes pain and inflammation in the joints which can cause disability. Symptoms of arthritis are pain, aching and stiffness and swelling in and around the joints.

There are lots of different types of arthritis, however osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are the two most common types:

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis in the UK affecting nearly nine million people. It is more common in women and people with a family history of the condition. It affects the smooth cartilage lining of a joint which affects movement, leading to pain and stiffness. As the cartilage wears thin, the tendons and ligaments work harder which causes swelling and the formation of bony nodules known as spurs called osteophytes.

Further loss of cartilage causes bones to rub together, altering the shape of the joint. Any joint can be affected by osteoarthritis, but the condition most often affects the knees, hips and small joints of the hands. For some, the symptoms are mild whist others can find it difficult to carry out everyday activities.

Rheumatoid arthritis

With rheumatoid arthritis the immune system attacks the joints causing swelling, pain and stiffness. Unlike osteoarthritis which affects us as we age, rheumatoid arthritis often starts when a person is between 40 and 50 years old and women are three time more likely to be affected than men.

The joints most commonly affected are the small joints of the wrists, toes, fingers, elbows, knees, shoulders, neck and jaw. It affects people differently with some people experiencing symptoms in one or two joints at a time, whereas others will have episodes of pain and swelling that settle for days or sometimes weeks.

The pain and stiffness a person experiences are particularly bad in the morning making movement and holding objects difficult. It is important to get a diagnosis as soon as possible as there are effective treatments that can help the condition. If left undiagnosed it can cause permanent joint damage. As with most conditions relating to the immune system, extreme tiredness is a symptom of rheumatoid arthritis.

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OUR APPROACH TO ARTHRITIS CARE AT HOME

At Prestige Nursing & Care we provide a care and support package that enables you to live a happy and fulfilled life in the safety and comfort of your own home.  No matter what age you are the arthritis care and support we provide will be guided by you and tailored to your needs, giving you choice over how you live your life and the support you want.

We work collaboratively with our clients and their families to develop a thorough care and support plan that accurately reflects a person’s holistic needs.  We also adopt a partnership approach to working with local authority partners, NHS services, multidisciplinary teams, therapists and other community bodies involved in a person’s care.  This means we are well-informed so we can provide continuity of care ensuring the right care is in place at the right time, whilst responding efficiently to changing needs and strengthening care provision when required.

Exercise is so important for those living with arthritis and it is important that joints are kept mobile as it helps to strengthen the muscles that protect and support your joints.  Working in partnership with healthcare professionals, for example Occupational Therapists, our care planning process will ensure exercises are identified that mean your joints are protected, pain is reduced, and your mobility function can improve.  Your carer will then provide encouragement and support to help you with your exercise regime, whilst monitoring and responding to your progress.

We know through our experience of caring for people living with arthritis that well-being can be impacted by the symptoms of the condition.  Chronic tiredness and depression are very common for those with arthritis.  Our carers will provide more hands-on support at the times of the day you experience the most fatigue and will find positive ways to boost self-esteem and mood.

Carers are trained in managing medications effectively, so you can be rest-assured you will be supported with your medications regime so acute pain is managed and any arthritis treatments are taken as and when they should.

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COMPETENT AND COMPASSIONATE ARTHRITIS CARERS

When you choose Prestige Nursing & Care you can be reassured that the carer who cares for you or your loved one is expertly trained to provide the support you need, to the high standards you should expect.  All carers that join us complete our induction training programme, which goes above mandatory requirements.

We adopt a bespoke approach to training that ensures our carers have the knowledge, skills and aptitude to deliver high-quality home care that meets the needs of our clients.  If a client is living with a condition like arthritis, we will ensure they have all the training and support they need to provide effective care.

We are very proud of our carers – each and every one of them is dedicated to providing compassionate, sensitive and dignified home care that means our clients live a fulfilled and meaningful life, with independence and choice, for all of life.

WHAT DOES OUR HOME CARE SERVICE INCLUDE FOR THOSE WITH ARTHRITIS?

CONDITION-LED CARE

We provide specialist care of conditions that affect a person’s ability to live well. Whatever specialist condition you are living with, our carers are supported by our expert nursing and clinical teams to ensure you live a life with improved quality and health outcomes, whilst maintaining choice and independence.

EXPERT NURSE-LED CARE

Our service is nurse-led and carers are trained in the clinical skills required to provide care and support for complex, terminal and other medical conditions that impact how you live your life. They are supported by an experienced, dedicated registered nurse who undertakes regular competency assessments to ensure high standards of care delivery and provides clinical monitoring, supervision and support. With this leadership and oversight carers can perform many delegated healthcare tasks and clinical interventions at home.

CONSIDERATE COMPANIONSHIP

Companionship is at the forefront of everything we do. Our carers will support your social, emotional and psychological needs as well as your care needs so you can live a fulfilled life, for all of life. At Prestige Nursing & Care we will match you with the most suitable carers so that interests and backgrounds are aligned as we know this makes for an enriched and enjoyable life. Our carers will support you to maintain friendships and social interests, whilst ensuring you continue to be connected to things you care about in your local community.

SENSITIVE PERSONAL CARE

Our carers are trained to provide personal care in a way that is compassionate, respectful and sensitive. They will support you with the tasks of bathing, personal hygiene, dressing and continence care, whilst ensuring you are always looking and feeling your best as we know how this builds self-esteem.

SAFE MOBILITY AT HOME

Our carers are trained to support safe mobility in and around the home – everything from transferring and positioning to minimising falls through effective assessment of risk, to facilitating and supporting safe movement. They will effectively assess risks and work with clients who wish to take ‘positive risks’ so that they can have as much independence as possible and live life as you wish.

EFFICIENT MEDICATION ADMINISTRATION

For the majority of our clients ensuring medications are managed effectively is critical to their health and well-being. Our carers can manage complex medication regimes, providing sensitive reminders and collecting medication from the pharmacy.

MEAL PREPARATION AND COOKING

Our carers will help by planning your meals, preparing and cooking your food for you, or with you whilst supporting you to eat if needed. They will focus on ensuring the food you eat meets your health and nutritional needs, whilst maintaining your preferences and choices.

HOUSEHOLD TASKS IN AND OUT OF THE HOME

Our carers will make sure your house is clean, laundry is done as required and will undertake any shopping or errands outside the home. They will also happily provide care to your beloved pet.

HOME FROM HOSPITAL

We work closely with community nursing teams and hospital discharge planners to support a swift and effective discharge from hospital ensuring the right care and support is in place. Our high-quality, home care service delivered by trained and experienced carers and overseen by clinical experts is focused on achieving outcomes that significantly reduce hospital admissions.

PALLIATIVE / END-OF-LIFE CARE

Our compassionate and competent carers are there to support those who need palliative or end-of-life care. They are trained to ensure an individual’s medical, physical, psychological, social and spiritual well-being is enhanced, whilst ensuring a person’s wishes, choices and preferences are met until the very end-of-life.

CLINICAL EXCELLENCE AT PRESTIGE NURSING & CARE

Clinical excellence is at the heart of our culture and approach to service delivery at Prestige Nursing & Care. Our nurse-led home care service is monitored and supported by our experienced regional nursing teams. Led by our Head of Clinical Services who has over 30 years clinical experience, our team of qualified regional nurses are registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Each holds a registered nursing qualification in at least one nursing specialism, including general adult nursing, learning and disability nursing, mental health nursing and children’s nursing. They enable the planning and delivery of safe and effective complex care to our clients, that is focused on ensuring the best possible care experience for our clients and their families.

Our nurses work in partnership with our care co-ordinators, carers, clients and families to identify specific care needs and plan the most appropriate care provision, whilst ensuring all our carers have the skills they need to deliver high standards of nurse-led care. They also provide families with on-going advice and continual support to ensure they feel reassured about the service we provide.

HOW WE PROVIDE CARE AT HOME FOR THOSE WITH ARTHRITIS

Our trusted and established care at home service can be provided in the following ways for someone living with arthritis:

  • Hourly care or visiting care, as it is sometimes referred is for those who need care and support with tasks of daily living or clinical care at certain times during the day. Care at home can be provided from a 30 minute visit, to as many hours/visits throughout the day you require, one day or several days of the week depending on your care and support needs. For those who have complex needs, hourly care can be provided over a 24-hour period.
  • Live-in care for when a permanent care arrangement is needed with greater levels of support around the clock to ensure a person can live well at home. Through our family of leading home care brands in the UK, we are able to offer award-winning live-in care rated ‘Outstanding’ by The Care Quality Commission (CQC) from The Good Care Group.
  • Respite care for those needing a short-term arrangement after hospital discharge to rehabilitate or when a family carer needs a break from their caring role. It is also an ideal service for families who wish to assess whether care at home is the right care choice for them.
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CARE MANAGEMENT LOCAL TO YOU

Our responsive and reliable local care at home service for those living with arthritis means we can put a care pathway for arthritis or a nursing care plan for arthritis in place quickly and in many cases within 24-hours.   Our local care expert will conduct a comprehensive assessment of your needs at home, in hospital or in any specialist care setting if you are awaiting discharge back to your own home enabling a plan of care and support to be developed that meets all your needs.

Our approach to care planning, whether it is for an hourly care service, respite care or a permanent live-in care arrangement ensures we capture all your preferences and wishes so you can live a contented life in the comfort of your own home.  We take time to find the carer that would best meet your care and support needs, making sure they are closely aligned with how you wish to live your life. Once care is in place, our local teams made up of care and clinical experts provide you, your family and our carer with an abundance of on-going support, giving you reassurance that you or your loved one is receiving the very best care at home.

QUALITY ASSURANCE THROUGH REGULATED SERVICE PROVISION

Prestige Nursing & Care is not an agency. Unlike a home care agency, we provide a fully managed and regulated care at home service, which means our clients, their families and our professional partners can be reassured that the care and support we provide those living with arthritis is of the very highest quality.

Our service is inspected by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in England and the Scottish Care Inspectorate (SCI) in Scotland. We are proud that 96% of our inspected services have been rated as providing a ‘Good’ service, with 4% rated ‘Outstanding’ and all our services in Scotland have been awarded a five-star rating.

COST OF ARTHRITIS CARE

The cost of arthritis care is dependent on the level of care and support you require.  If you are receiving our hourly arthritis care the overall cost will be determined by the number of visits and frequency of visits to you at home. Our experts will conduct a comprehensive assessment of your needs at your home, or in hospital if you are awaiting discharge to truly understand what you need and therefore how much arthritis care at home will cost.

We know that our cost of professional arthritis care is very competitive when compared with other home care providers.  It is worth noting that when comparing the cost of home care with a care package in a care home, that the fee you pay for home care is for the care and support you receive.  In a care home your weekly fee mainly covers your accommodation, food and social activities with the care package being only a small part of what you pay.You may be entitled to either healthcare funding, social care funding or Government funding to contribute to the cost of home care.  If you are faced with having to finance your own home care (known as self-funding care), there are initiatives available to you, including care fees annuities or equity release schemes that could provide the funds you need for your care and support

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RESPONSIVE LOCAL TEAMS WITH NATIONWIDE COVERAGE

We are providing care and support to those needing arthritis care in over 30 locations in the heart of communities across England and Scotland. The fully managed service we provide is highly responsive and our experts local to you can put care packages in place quickly, working in collaboration with local healthcare professionals, multidisciplinary teams, therapeutic care providers and other community support services. We know this holistic approach ensures our clients get the best out of life, for all of life.

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Home Care FAQS

WHAT IS HOME CARE?

Home care is when a carer provides support to people in their own homes when they need help with activities and tasks of day-to-day life. A competent and compassionate carer will help you with household tasks, personal care, preparing and cooking meals or any other activity that allows you to maintain independence and quality of life.

Home care can also be provided to those with complex health needs or for those living with specialist conditions or a disability that is impacting how they live their life and need nurse-led care.

Home care can be provided in the following ways.

  • Hourly care or visiting care, as it is sometimes referred is for those who need care and support with tasks of daily living or clinical care at certain times during the day. Hourly care can be provided from 30 minutes each day, to as many visits or hours you require, one or several days of the week depending on your care and support needs.  For those who have complex needs, hourly care can be provided over a 24-hour period.
  • Live-in care for when a permanent care arrangement is needed with greater levels of support around the clock to ensure a person can live well at home.
  • Respite care for those needing a short-term arrangement after hospital discharge to rehabilitate or when a family carer needs a break from their caring role. It is also an ideal service for families who wish to assess whether care at home is the right care choice for them.
HOW DO I ARRANGE HOME CARE?

We are here to help you and your family every step of the way. You can call us on 0808 239 1525 and one of our friendly care advisors will provide information, guidance and advice on your care options.

Or to find the nearest Prestige Nursing & Care service to you, use the search function on our website.

WHAT TYPE OF CARE DO I NEED?

Depending on your needs a comprehensive assessment will be conducted by either a registered nurse or our local care expert. We can conduct the assessment at your home, in hospital or in any specialist care setting if you are awaiting discharge back to your own home enabling a plan of care and support to be developed that meets all your needs.

Our approach to care planning, whether it is for a respite service or a permanent arrangement for hourly care or live-in care ensures we capture all your preferences and wishes so you can live a contented life in the comfort of your own home.

We take time to find the carer that would best meet your care and support needs, making sure they are closely aligned with how you wish to live your life. Once care is in place, our local teams made up of care and clinical experts provide you, your family and our carer with an abundance of on-going support, giving you reassurance that you or your loved one is receiving the very best care at home.

We are here to help you and your family every step of the way and you can call us on 0808 239 1525 and one of our friendly care advisors will provide information, guidance and advice on your care options.   Or to arrange an assessment contact our service near you.

WILL I HAVE A REGULAR CARER?

Yes. As part of our considered care planning process we take time to match a team of carers that best meets a clients’ specific needs. We ensure that the care team that cares for you or your loved one has the skills and experience to meet your care and support needs, but we also make sure that they share similar interests, hobbies and values.

You can be reassured that you or your loved one will receive care all year round from a team of well-matched, competent and compassionate carers who truly understand your needs and how you wish to live your life. We know our approach provides consistency and continuity of care and leads to a stimulating and enjoyable life for our clients.

HOW QUICKLY CAN CARE BE SET UP?

Our responsive and reliable local care at home service means we can put care and support in place quickly and in many cases within 24-hours.

We are providing a fully managed care and support service in over 30 locations in the heart of communities across England and Scotland, so our experts local to you can put care packages in place quickly, working in collaboration with local healthcare professionals involved in your care.

HOW WILL YOU MATCH THE MOST SUITABLE CARERS TO MEET MY NEEDS?

As part of our considered care planning process, we take time to match a team of carers that best meets a clients’ specific needs. We ensure that the care team that cares for you or your loved one has the skills and experience to meet your care and support needs, but we also make sure that they share similar interests, hobbies and values. We know this leads to a stimulating and enjoyable life for our clients.

HOW DO YOU TRAIN YOUR CARERS?

When you choose Prestige Nursing & Care you can be reassured that the carer who cares for you or your loved one is expertly trained to provide the support you need, to the high standards you should expect. All carers that join us complete our induction training programme, which goes above mandatory requirements.

We adopt a bespoke approach to training that ensures our carers have the knowledge, skills and aptitude to deliver high-quality home care that meets the needs of our clients. If a client is living with a specialist condition or disability, we will ensure they have all the training and support they need to provide effective care.

WHAT DOES A HOME CARER DO?

A home carer will provide a range of care and support services to you in the comfort of your home, including:

  • Specialist care of complex conditions, like dementia or Parkinson’s
  • Expert nurse-led care
  • Personal care
  • Socialisation and companionships
  • Domestic tasks, such as laundry, cleaning and shopping
  • Meal preparation
  • Rehabilitation and home from hospital
  • Palliative / end-of-life care
  • Overnight care
  • Medications management
WHAT IS A CARE AND SUPPORT PLAN?

A care and support plan is a written statement created by our local care expert or registered nurse following our thorough assessment of your needs. It outlines all your specific care needs but also covers all your choices and preferences in how you live your life.

The care plan identifies specific care and support tasks involved in your care detailing when, where and how they should be carried out and by who. It ensures you get the right care, in the right time and in the right place – your home.

Our local care expert will conduct a comprehensive review of the plan working with your care to team to ensure it always accurately reflects your needs and you achieve your outcomes.

WHAT SHOULD I CONSIDER WHEN SELECTING A HOME CARE PROVIDER?

When choosing a care provider, there are several factors that are worth considering:

Regulated service provider or agency

It is really important when considering a home care provider that you recognise the differences between a regulated service provider, whose service is registered and inspected by the Government and an agency, who are unlikely to provide a regulated service and whose carers will be self-employed.  Care services in England are regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and in Scotland by the Care Inspectorate.

Quality assurance through regulated service provision

Prestige Nursing & Care is not an agency.  Unlike a home care agency, we provide a fully regulated home care service, which means our clients, their families and our professional partners can be reassured that the care and support we provide is of the very highest quality.

Our service is inspected by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in England and the Care Inspectorate (SCI) in Scotland.  We are proud that 96% of our inspected services in England have been rated as providing a ‘Good’ service, with 4% rated ‘Outstanding’ and all our services in Scotland have been awarded a five-star rating.

Fully managed service or introduction agency

When arranging care at home you will need to consider how much involvement you want in managing the care you receive.  With a fully managed service, like Prestige Nursing & Care you will benefit from carers that are employed, expertly trained to meet specific client needs and high levels of management and clinical oversight to ensure you receive a high quality service.  If you choose an introduction agency, the carers are self-employed and once introduced to you they will need to be managed, supervised and paid for by the family.  If they need time off or holiday, then you will need to arrange cover which is not always easy and can cause issues with continuity of care for you or your loved one.

We know many families like the peace of mind and reassurance, that comes from knowing their loved one is getting quality and continuity of care that comes from using a fully managed service provider.

The value of recommendations

Many families who are arranging care at home for a loved one or family member, will seek recommendations from those they know.  It is also worth consulting your local authority social services team to see who they consider to be a reputable provider as they will have vetted the provider to meet essential standards of quality and compliance.

There are also rate and review websites that cover care providers in the UK.  Homecare.co.uk and NHS Choices receive online reviews from those who have used provider services and the UKHCA (United Kingdom Home Care Association) will also have a list of reputable providers for you to choose from.

HOW MUCH DOES HOME CARE COST?

The cost of home care is dependent on the level of care and support you require. If you are receiving our hourly home care the overall cost will be determined by the number of visits and frequency of visits to you at home.

Our experts will conduct a comprehensive assessment of your needs at your home, or in hospital if you are awaiting discharge to truly understand what you need and therefore how much care at home will cost.

We know that the cost of our professional home care is very competitive when compared with other home care providers.  It is worth noting that when comparing the cost of home care with a care package in a care home, that the fee you pay for home care is actually for the care and support you receive.  In a care home your weekly fee mainly covers your accommodation, food and social activities with the care package being only a small part of what you pay.

You may be entitled to either healthcare funding, social care funding or Government funding to contribute to the cost of home care.  If you are faced with having to finance your own home care (known as self-funding care), there are initiatives available to you, including care fees annuities or equity release schemes that could provide the funds you need for your care and support.

HOW IS CARE FUNDED IN ENGLAND?

At Prestige Nursing & Care we have been helping families up and down the country to understand how they can finance care, whether that is through funding available to them or financing initiatives that can contribute to the cost of care.

If you are living with a complex need and require nurse-led care or paediatric care you may be entitled to healthcare funding to receive this care at home.

If you need care and support for day-to-day tasks and activities to enable you to maintain independence, then you may be entitled to social care funding to get the help you need.  This is means tested funding so the level of funding will depend on your care needs and your personal circumstances.

Depending on your needs you may be eligible for funding through Government initiatives, like the Disability Living Allowance (DLA).

For many families however, they find they do not qualify for any funding to contribute to their overall cost of care and are faced with financing care themselves – this is referred to as private pay or self-funding care.  You may wish to consider a care fees annuity or an equity release scheme if you are self-funding your care as they can considerably contribute to the cost of home care.

HOW IS CARE FUNDED IN SCOTLAND?

At Prestige Nursing & Care we have been helping families throughout Scotland to understand how they can finance care, whether that is through funding available to them or financing initiatives that can contribute to the cost of care.

In Scotland personal and/or nursing care is funded to all adults in the country over the age of 65 who have been assessed by their local authority as eligible for these services.  Personal care refers to anything done for you that is personal in nature.  This may include tasks relating to personal hygiene, bathing/showring, shaving and oral hygiene, nail care, toileting and continence care, catheter and stoma care, skincare, laundry and bed changing.  Read more about care funding in Scotland.

For many families however, they find they do not qualify for any funding to contribute to their overall cost of care and are faced with financing care themselves – this is referred to as private pay or self-funding care.  You may wish to consider a care fees annuity or an equity release scheme if you are self-funding your care as they can considerably contribute to the cost of home care.

DO YOU PROVIDE HOME CARE IN MY AREA?

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WHAT HAPPENS IF THE CARER IS UNEXPECTEDLY UNWELL AND UNABLE TO CARE FOR ME?

As we have a team of carers assigned to care for you, one of the other members of your care team will be able to step in offering continuity of care.

HOW DO I PAY FOR MY CARE SERVICE?

We provide a monthly invoice to you for care services provided based on the package of care we agree with you when we start our service.  Most of our clients find that paying a monthly direct debit is the most convenient way to pay for their care.

HOW WILL MY CARERS GET INTO MY HOME IF I AM UNABLE TO ANSWER THE DOOR?

If you cannot answer the door to your care team, we ask that you install a key box safe outside your home that they can gain access.  The code would remain confidential between our office and the care team to ensure your security and safety.

WHO COULD HELP ME FIND A REGULATED PROVIDER?

If you are looking for a regulated service provider like Prestige Nursing & Care in England, you will be able to search for these providers on the Care Quality Commission (CQC) website.

In Scotland you will need to visit the Care Inspectorate website.

WHAT HAPPENS IN A MEDICAL EMERGENCY? WILL THE CARER STAY WITH ME UNTIL HELP COMES?

Absolutely. Our carer will remain with you at all times to ensure you get the care you need in an emergency. If you need to go to hospital, they will come with you to support you.  The carer will liaise with your family and any other health professionals involved in your care to make sure everyone is informed of the situation and you have the reassurance you need.

WHAT HAPPENS ON WEEKENDS AND BANK HOLIDAYS?

Our fully managed service is provided 24/7, 365 days a year so you can be reassured that you or your loved one will receive care all year round from a team of well-matched, competent and compassionate carers who truly understand your needs and how you wish to live your life.

USEFUL RESOURCES

There are several organisations and charities in the UK that support those who are living with arthritis, including Versus Arthritis , Arthritis Action and the Arthritis Foundation.

We are here to take your call and will provide impartial support and guidance – contact our friendly care experts today to discuss your arthritis care and support needs.


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