Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a long-term condition that causes pain, swelling and stiffness in the joints. The condition usually affects the hands, feet and wrists. There are other forms of inflammatory arthritis, but RA is the most common.

About 1% of the population in the UK has RA – more than 400,000 people in the UK. It affects more women than men. The most common age for people to develop RA is between 40 and 60, however, people can get it at any age.

Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis include:

  • Pain, swelling and possibly redness around your joints
  • Stiffness in your joints. Especially in the morning or after sitting for a while
  • Fatigue that’s more than just normal tiredness.

If you have any of these symptoms, go and see your GP. The sooner RA is diagnosed and treated, the better the long-term outcomes are likely to be. If RA is not treated or is inadequately treated, it can cause irreversible damage to joints and lead to disability.

How we can help

Those with RA could have an increased risk of falling due to impaired muscle strength, postural instability, fatigue, joint pain, and reduced functioning. The falls also lead to an increased risk of hip fractures due to disease-related reduced bone mass.

 At Progress Lifeline, we provide products and services designed to offer peace of mind and reassurance.

  • Our falls reassurance package includes a falls detector, which will automatically send an alert to our 24/7 Alarm Response Centre when it senses a fall - no need to press a button or reach for a phone.
  • Alternatively, you can use a standard personal lifeline alarm which, by pressing a button on a pendant or wristband, will alert our 24/7 Alarm Response Centre, which will get help on its way to you immediately.
  • If you are worried about falling outside of the home, we also offer the Footprint GPS alarm and falls detector. The device has an SOS button which can be pressed to contact our Alarm Response Centre and get you the help you need. The device acts as a two-way communication, meaning our Alarm Response Centre can speak to you directly through the device. The Footprint will also alert us automatically if it detects a fall.

Our packages can be tailored to suit your individual needs. Call us today on 03333 204 999 to discuss how we can support you.

A Helping Hand

Our products and plans are tailor made to help you or your loved ones stay safe. Explore the range below and see how Progress Lifeline can assist those with Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Falls Detector

The Falls Detector is worn like a watch. When a fall is detected, the device automatically connects the wearer to our alarm response centre - no need to even press the button.

Reach IP Digital Alarm unit & pendant

The Reach IP unit comes with a built-in SIM card that will “roam” onto the strongest network. It is also incredibly simple to install.

Footprint GPS Alarm & Falls Detector

The Footprint is a GPS location device, pendant alarm & falls detector all-in-one.

Emergency Home Response

Add our Emergency Home Response service to any alarm package for just £14.99 per month. Our responders provide 24/7 assistance to you at home if your family and named contacts can’t get there.