Love this! I found it on this awesome website – http://rawarrior.com/13-ways-to-help-people-living-with-rheumatoid-arthritis/
What if we could live in Mr. Rogers’ RA Neighborhood?
I’ve often heard that people just don’t know what to do to provide assistance to people living with Rheumatoid Arthritis. In case that’s true, I thought I’d help out by writing a few of them on the blog. Just as a public service, you know…
- Ask,“How are you doing?” Listen to the answer.
- Bring a meal. Breakfast… lunch… dinner…
- Open doors, cans, jars, soda pop, plastic storage containers… without being asked.
- Don’t hand them something heavy. Most things are too heavy.
- If you notice an RA’eris having trouble walking, offer to walk the dog or get the mail…
- Notice whether an RA’eris having trouble walking.
- Send a “Thinking of you” card.
- Run an errand.
- Do a household chore or give a gift certificate for a maid service.
- Read a blog about RA, so you can learn about what your loved one is dealing with.
- Go to doctor’s appointments as moral support, witness, driver, or physical assistant.
- Exchange jokes. Be funny. Pain is a big downer.
- Ask an RA’er to tell you her / his story.