Arthritis can have a significant impact on the ability to live independently and pain free. In Home Personal Services Caregivers’ have an understanding of arthritis care and can encourage exercise, nutrition, and bathing which can assist those we serve in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Arthritis is generally caused by the general wear and tear of cartilage, which normally protects the joint and absorbs pressure from walking and other movements. This is why it typically affects older people, who have put a number of miles on their joints, so to speak. However, autoimmune diseases, broken bones, or a bacterial or viral infection can also cause arthritic issues.
Arthritis, which refers to the inflammation of one or more joints, is a relatively common disease that can affect people of all ages, though its most common forms affect older adults. Although there are more than 100 different types of arthritis, the primary and most common three are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and juvenile arthritis.
The best way to treat arthritis is through lifestyle changes. Patients are often told to increase their exercise regimen, since it is known to relieve stiffness, reduce pain and fatigue, while also improving muscles and bone strength. Doctors may suggest low-impact aerobic activity, strength training and range of motion exercises, while heat, ice, water and massage therapies may also be recommended.
In spite of medical treatment, arthritis often progresses and causes the person to have more and more difficulty in conducting their usual activities of daily living such as bathing and dressing or difficulty with regular homemaking activities such as laundry or routine cleaning. Busy families may find it to be challenging to keep up with these needs. These families can benefit from the assistance of an in home caregiver.