Altogether, 89 of Arthritis Services’ most vulnerable clients used Claris Companion to access the agency’s programs and services.
An Arthritis Services’ client survey found that 96% of participants reported that the socialization they got from the program helped them feel more connected during the pandemic. Importantly, the same number said that their ability to stand up from a chair, walk, and balance all improved thanks to the virtual classes. Some 99% said they’d like access to the Claris Companion tablets in the future.
Other outcomes included:
“Without Claris Companion, I would be bored, I would be unhappy.”
- 56% of participants reported an increase in physical fitness.
- 39% reported improvement in their ability to do the normal activities of daily living.
- 33% reported feeling less lonely and isolated.
- 31% reported a reduction in perceived pain.
In written comments, one client shared, “I liked the classes because I met new people, learned to exercise, and improved my balance.” Another said, “I enjoyed the exercise classes and the card games since I haven’t been able to get together with my friends to play!”
One extremely homebound and high-risk client with multiple chronic diseases was allowed to keep his tablet after expressing that the program had made a life-changing difference in his mood and physical health saying, “Without Claris Companion, I would be bored, I would be unhappy.”
Based on the program’s popularity, Arthritis Services of Charlotte-Mecklenburg County now plans to seek grant funding to continue the Claris Companion service.