Living with Arthritis: Awareness and Support

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During the month of May, focus is placed on the joint disorder known as arthritis with an effort to raise awareness, promote understanding and offer support. Hospitals, care facilities and members of the community may host events in order to spread updated information and advocate for new research. Arthritis is often used as a blanket term for bodily pains and discomfort, though it is not a singular disorder. There are over one hundred types of arthritis with symptoms affecting more than fifty million adults in America alone. Arthritis is caused by an inflammation in one or more of the body’s joints. This inflammation can come about for a variety of reasons including injury, weight, genetics, infections or simply aging. Impact on daily living varies from person to person. Stiffness, joint pain, decreased range of motion, swelling and mobility limitations can be mild to severe.

With arthritis being a very common condition impacting both children and adults, chances are you or someone you love may be affected. Here at Aqua Home Care, caregivers we refer have experience providing in-home care services to clients with a wide-range of conditions, including those living with arthritis. Some individuals find that care is needed when symptoms become severe and daily living routines become difficult to complete. Trusted caregivers from our registry are here to help with daily tasks that may be strenuous due to arthritis symptoms. Such services can include:

  • Mobility assistance indoors and outdoors, through the house, up and down stairs, etc.
  • Help with dressing/undressing including fastening buttons, zippers, belts, shoelaces, ties, suspenders, etc.
  • Transportation to doctor’s appointments, physical therapy, the chiropractor, etc.
  • Heavy house cleaning
  • Pet care
  • Medication reminders
  • Meal preparation and feeding
  • Grooming and personal hygiene
  • Companionship
  • And more

Living with arthritis symptoms can make completing everyday tasks more difficult when high demands are placed on inflamed joints. There are different treatment plans available to those living with arthritis including medication, heat/cold therapy, massage therapy and surgery. If you or your loved one is experiencing joint pain, stiffness and limited range of motion, you should make an appointment with your doctor for diagnosis and treatment options. Preventing joint damage and preserving joint health is critical. Taking safety precautions during physical activities, consuming proper nutrition and maintaining a healthy weight can help prevent arthritis from impacting your quality of life. Our Aqua Home Care team is here to assist those seeking in-home care services that facilitate daily living. If you or a loved one are in need of quality in-home care services, please do not hesitate to give our team a call.

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