Arthritis, which refers to the inflammation of one or more joints, is a relatively common disease that can affect people of all ages. According to the Centers for Disease Control, millions of American adults are affected by inflammation of their joints. In fact, more people are disabled by arthritis than any other cause. However, it is most commonly found to affect older adults. There are more than 100 different types of arthritis. The primary and most common two types are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
- Osteoarthritis, also known as a degenerative joint disease, is a chronic condition characterized by the breakdown of cartilage that would otherwise prevent the bones in a joint from rubbing together. This degeneration causes stiffness, pain and loss of movement in the joint.
- Rheumatoid Arthritis is also a chronic disease, but instead of cartilage breaking down, the lining of the joints becomes inflamed, leading to constant pain, loss of function, and long-term damage to the joint which can cause disability.
The best way to treat arthritis is through lifestyle changes. Patients are often told to increase their exercise regiment, since it is known to relieve stiffness, reduce pain and fatigue, while also improving muscles and bone strength. The result can be long-term problems in areas such as nutrition, personal hygiene, and general safety. The assistance of an In Home Personal Services’ caregiver can help people with arthritis maintain a healthy and independent lifestyle.
In Home Personal Services provide help at home with activities made more challenging by arthritis. Assistance with meal preparation ensures that stiffness and pain do not lead to skipped meals, malnutrition, inability to bathe, etc.
Though regular and consistent exercise sessions from our ambulation exercise services, seniors are able to remain independent, healthy, and happy. Light housekeeping support helps maintain a clean, safe and comfortable home environment.