Arthritis is a term typically used when referring to joint pain or joint disease. 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). For those living with OA, cartilage between their joints, a tissue that serves as a protective barrier, begins to break down. Deterioration can be due to natural wear and tear, injury and aging. Those living with RA, however, have a progressive autoimmune disease that causes their body to attack its own tissue. When this happens, painful swelling occurs along with joint and bone damage. While arthritis affects people of all ages, it is more commonly seen in older adults. 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.
Mobility/range of motion limitations can make daily living activities more difficult to tend to 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, we utilize our reputable registry to match trusted caregivers with individuals seeking support at home. Highly-trained and experienced care professionals provide quality in-home care services with safety and comfort in mind. When it comes to assisting with daily routines, caregivers are able to help with:
- Getting in and out of bed
- Moving around safely
- Heavy housecleaning
- Reaching for needed items
- Personal grooming
- Meal preparation and feeding
- Medication reminders
- Transportation around town and to doctor’s appointments
- Fall prevention
- And more
While there is 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.