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Support in‑person care for Ontarians with arthritis

We’re opening our Arthritis Education and Rehabilitation Program back up for in‑person appointments. Support this critical program by spreading the word and considering a donation to the Arthritis Society.

Safety is our top priority

Life during the COVID‑19 pandemic is vastly different than it was just a few months ago and like all organizations, we are adapting to meet the challenge. One thing that has not changed is our commitment to Canadians living with arthritis.

In Ontario, the Arthritis Rehabilitation and Education Program (AREP) connects people living with arthritis with specially trained physiotherapists, occupational therapists and social work professionals to help them manage their arthritis.

At the end of March, our AREP staff began providing virtual care through video calls and on the phone while we put a pause on in‑person appointments and classes. We are thrilled to share that we are now beginning to see clients in-person again. To ensure the safety of our clients many who have immune systems that leave them vulnerable to infections — and staff, our AREP front-line professionals will be wearing a full set of personal protective equipment (PPE) which includes a mask, face shields, and gloves. And our clients will be required to wear masks during their appointments in line with Ministry of Health guidelines.

Safety and supporting people living with arthritis are our top priorities. To meet needs for the foreseeable future, we have ordered a reasonable supply of PPE, at a direct cost to the Arthritis Society.

You can support Ontarians living with arthritis today by donating to support a safe transition to in‑person care in the midst of the COVID‑19 pandemic.

The safety of our clients and front-line staff like Kristin, an Occupational Therapist working in Kitchener, is our top priority. We are ensuring their safety with the use of Personal Protective Equipment, screening processes, and rigorous sanitation procedures.

About the AREP Program

The Arthritis Rehabilitation and Education Program (AREP) provides a range of treatment and education services for adults and children with arthritis, in Ontario. Services are free, at no cost to you. Services are funded by the Ontario Government if you have a valid Ontario Health Card and a confirmed diagnosis of arthritis.

Since 1952, we’ve helped nearly 700,000 people better manage their arthritis.

Our team of specially trained physiotherapists, occupational therapists and social work professionals will provide you with the care, strategies, guidance and education you need to better manage your arthritis and live well. Services are available in most regions in Ontario.

To learn more about the AREP program and request an appointment please visit arthritis.ca/AREP.

“This has to be the very best group of positive, informative and helpful individuals that I have ever worked with. My needs and questions were answered quickly and honestly and they are always there for support. I could not have asked for any better. Thank you for being there for me.”

~ AREP client, 2020

Your gift today will support the Arthritis Society and the AREP by helping cover the unexpected costs of Personal Protective Equipment supplies like masks, gloves, face shields and sanitizing wipes. Thank you for helping us keep people safe during the COVID‑19 pandemic.

Our promise to you: The Arthritis Society is committed to honoring your generosity and using your donation in the most effective way. If funds are raised in excess of those needed to support the designated purpose, the Arthritis Society acting reasonably may designate the donation towards the highest priority needs of the organization.

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