As a caregiver with elderly home care services, you will find that it’s very common for a loved one to suffer from arthritis. There are 40 million people in the nation who suffer daily pain and disability from this inflammatory disorder. They usually have to deal with joint pain on a daily basis.
There are many types of arthritis; over 100 that have been identified. They all have some symptoms in common – pain and inflammation, stiffness and loss of joint mobility. The doctor will have to make a diagnosis as to which type of arthritis it is, and then recommend a treatment program.
Most arthritis can’t be cured; however there are some things that can be done to bring relief. Rest, a well-balanced diet and exercise are three things common to protecting the joints and learning to deal with any of the kinds of arthritis.
Some things that may bring relief:
- Using heat or cold on the joint, usually for only 15 minutes at one time. A warm bath or shower, hot packs or even a hot water bottle may be used. A warm shower first thing in the morning can bring relief to someone just getting out of bed who feels very stiff and sore. Cold can help numb painful areas and can reduce swelling in painful joints. An ice pack or frozen bag of vegetables can be shaped to fit the body.
- Avoid joint stress. For tasks in the kitchen, use as many gadgets and devices as needed to make jobs easier. For example, rubber jar openers etc.
- Medications may be prescribed to help deal with the arthritis. There are different arthritis treatments on the market today. Read all pill bottles before ingesting and cream bottles before applying.
- Lose weight. When there is less weight on the joints, they function better and are more mobile and easy to move.
- Exercise regularly and also in the right way to alleviate the pain of arthritis.
- Feet are highly susceptible to arthritis partly due to the number of joints they have – more than anywhere in the body – and partly because they take most of the stress of daily walking movements. Better shoes provide more shock absorption and also serve to protect the bones in the foot. Rubber soles provide more cushioning than some of the other types of material. A solid construction is much better than an open-toed shoe.
For more information about elder care in Wildwood, MO contact Senior Services Unlimited. We are an elder care agency providing affordable and respectful home care to couples, veterans, and the disabled. call (314) 646-8131