Learn how in home care helps arthritis patients. Using the number of services provided by trained professional home care aides, Accredited Home Care can make your life easier.
How Home Care Helps Arthritis Patients
Our home care services are one way to help you or a loved one who suffers from arthritis make life easier. The effects of arthritis on your overall health can be taxing. Here’s how having a caregiver can help.
- Household Chores – Our home care aides can offer light housekeeping services, help with making meals, and keep your home looking kept up and inviting. The importance of eating healthy and keeping active when you have arthritis cannot be understated. Our team can help.
- Personal Care – Arthritis can greatly limit your mobility. A home caregiver can help you with dressing, bending to put on shoes and socks, helping with difficult buttons and zippers, and more. Home health care helps arthritis patients stay independent by helping them with the tasks needed.
- Hygiene – Bathing, clipping your nails, applying lotion; all can be difficult when you are dealing with the pain of arthritis. Our professional caregivers will make you feel at ease as they help you with everyday tasks like these.
- Rest – Letting someone else take care of the “little things” in life like taking going to appointments, doing laundry, making the bed or other time consuming and sometimes painful tasks will free up time for yourself. You can use this time to take classes, workout, go to physical or occupational therapy, take a nap, or socialize.
- Therapy At Home – Our home health services can actually allow you to take advantage of the positive effects of physical or occupational therapy in the comfort of your own home. The more you move the better you will feel.
3 Most Common Types of Arthritis
There are over 100 types of arthritis and while most people think that arthritis is a disease that causes pain and deterioration of the joints it can be much more. The most common types of arthritis include:
- Osteoarthritis – The most common type of arthritis, it is often caused by overuse of the joint, aging, obesity, joint injuries and such. While it can happen at any age, osteoarthritis usually occurs with aging and simply overuse. The best news is that this type of arthritis can usually be managed effectively.
- Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) – The second most common type of arthritis, this arthritis is actually an auto-immune disease with common side effects associated with auto-immune disorders. It is a degenerative disease that worsens with time but can sometimes with treatment targeting the slowing of effects of the disease. Read more about RA on the Arthritis Foundation’s Website here.
- Psoriatic Arthritis – Also an auto-immune disease, you may be surprised to find that approximately 10%-30% of people affected by arthritis will also get psoriatic arthritis. The most noticeable side effect of psoriatic arthritis is the red, itchy, dry patches of skin associated with it. While it occurs most often between the ages of 30 and 50, but can occur at any age (including children).
Arthritis Facts & Information
If you are newly diagnosed you may not fully understand how life changing arthritis can be. Arthritis can affect your overall quality of life. Home care helps arthritis patients face their health issues without having to do it all alone.
- 1 in 5 Adults Have Arthritis
- 31 Million Americans Have Osteoarthritis
- 300,000 Infants & Children are Affected by Arthritis or Rheumatic Conditions (1 in 250)
- Anxiety and/or Depression Affects 1/3 of Arthritic Adults age 45+
- Functional Limitations Are a Major Factor for Most Adults with Arthritis (mobility issues, fine motor skills such as grasping, walking, being able to walk stairs)
- Arthritis is the Number 1 Cause for Disability in the U.S.
Do You Want to Focus on Life Instead of Arthritis?
Accepting help and professional care at home can make a huge difference in your life. Allowing someone else to focus on daily tasks and chores can make a world of difference; especially if you are dealing with one of the auto-immune types of arthritis and the additional side effects of having an auto-immune disease.
If you want to focus on enjoying life instead of the pain and limitations of arthritis, contact us today to see how we can help. Remember, home care helps arthritis patients live the quality of life they deserve and we are here to provide the help you need.
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Facts & Statistics from The Arthritis Foundation