Throughout the month of May, we observe more closely the condition known as arthritis – a term often used when referring to joint pain or joint disease. Inflammation of the joints can cause many unfavorable symptoms such as mobility limitations, stiffness, swelling, decreased range of motion, muscle weakness, fatigue, pain, and more. Millions of individuals across the globe are living with arthritis, and there are over one hundred different forms of this condition. Two of the most common forms, however, are osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). When it comes to OA, the cartilage between joints, a tissue that serves as a protective barrier, begins to break down. This can be due to natural wear and tear, injury and aging. RA, however, is a progressive autoimmune disease that causes the body to attack its own tissue. When this happens, painful swelling occurs as well as joint and bone damage. While arthritis affects people of all ages, it is more commonly seen in older adults.
Increasing difficulty when completing daily living routines can occur when unable to move about as once before. Joint pain can be experienced at any time when trying to grasp objects, walk, use the stairs, stand up and even sit. In more advanced stages of arthritis, individuals may require a mobility aid. Finding an in-home caregiver may also be considered when at home support is needed. Here at Aqua Home Care, we have the resources to find trusted caregivers who can offer a wide-range of services right in the comfort of a client’s home. Highly-trained and experienced care professionals are able to provide quality in-home care to those who need varying levels of support. When it comes to assisting with daily routines, caregivers are able to help with:
- Getting in and out of bed
- Heavy housecleaning
- Personal grooming
- Meal preparation and feeding
- Medication reminders
- Transportation around town and to doctor’s appointments
- Mobility assistance
- Fall prevention
- And more
While there is currently no cure for arthritis, medications and therapies can help. Speaking with your doctor is paramount for proper diagnosis and the development of a treatment plan. If you or someone you love is living with arthritis and would benefit from receiving in-home care services, please do not hesitate to call Aqua Home Care. We are here to help find the compassionate, trusted support you need to help manage daily living.