With today being World Arthritis Day, organizations and communities around the globe are taking time to raise awareness in hopes to inform, educate and expand new research. Arthritis is a term commonly 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). With OA, cartilage between the 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.
Arthritis can affect individuals of all ages with symptoms having varying degrees of impact. Daily living activities can be made more difficult when unable to move about as once before. Joint pain can be felt 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, trusted caregivers from our registry offer a wide-range of services right in the comfort of their client’s home. Highly-trained and experienced care professionals offer a variety of services to individuals seeking support, including services to aid those living with arthritis. When it comes to assisting with daily routines, caregivers are able to help with:
- Getting in and out of bed
- Implementing safety measures for fall prevention
- Maneuvering around the house and outdoors
- Grasping/opening needed items
- Personal grooming
- Heavy housecleaning
- Meal preparation and feeding
- Medication reminders
- Transportation around town and to doctor’s appointments/physical therapy
- 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. Our team is here to help find the compassionate, trusted support you need to help manage daily living.