Senior care | April 19, 2022
One in every five adults suffers from arthritis, and the majority of these are seniors. For older adults to comprehend the steps of living with arthritis, it’s helpful to talk about how the condition is identified, diagnosed, and managed.
Normally, symptoms of arthritis can include any of the following: joint redness, swelling, pain, stiffness, warmth, or difficulty with movement. Arthritis of the hands and feet is common, but they don’t always realize that it can impact any joint in the body. Anyone undergoing these symptoms should visit their physician.
Medical experts will conduct a physical exam and gather medical history and genetic information to identify the type of arthritis. Blood tests and imaging may be essential as well. The type and severity of arthritis will decide the ongoing treatment plan. While arthritis cannot be remedied, it can be controlled to limit the effect it has on seniors.
The treating doctor can suggest arthritis management techniques and should approve all plans to change or increase physical activity that may influence the condition.
A special care plan for arthritis can reduce the effect of the disease on a senior’s life, and Comfort Keepers can help in providing support for an arthritis management program. Our caregivers remind clients to take proper medication, provide transportation assistance to scheduled appointments, and support in completing physician-prescribed exercises and diets. As part of our individualized care plan, caregivers can also help with activities like cooking, cleaning, and physical care. Our goal is to see clients finding joy and happiness each day, regardless of age.
To learn more about our in-home care services, contact your Comfort Keepers Cambridge today.
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