Approximately 50 million people throughout the United States are suffering from arthritis. Among adults over the age of 64, nearly 50 percent are living with this condition. As a family caregiver it is important to pay close attention to your elderly loved one’s behaviors and symptoms so that you can detect the possibility that they are suffering from arthritis as early as possible. As with most other medical conditions and issues, early detection is key to getting your aging loved one on the course of treatment and management that is right for their particular type of arthritis, as well as individual characteristics such as their age, weight, and other health issues.
The symptoms and challenges of arthritis can be very difficult for your elderly loved one. Approximately 30 percent of elderly adults who have arthritis say that it makes a negative impact on their functioning or their daily quality of life. Around 25 percent say that their arthritis causes severe, debilitating pain. By recognizing the symptoms as early as possible, you can help your parent to get on a course of care and management that reduces the pain, minimizes further damage, and may even help your parent to rebuild their joints so that they do not worsen their condition later.
Some of the signs and symptoms of arthritis include:
- Pain in the joints
- Swelling in the joints that is not related to a recent injury
- Redness on or around the joints
- Decreased range or motion or reduced flexibility
It is important to keep in mind that there are more than 100 types of arthritis and that each has its own symptoms. If you notice any changes in your parent’s abilities or symptoms that concern you, do not hesitate to get in touch with their doctor to discuss these concerns.
If your aging parent has recently been diagnosed with arthritis, or you have noticed that they are struggling more with their symptoms and limitations due to this disease, now may be the ideal time for you to consider elderly care for them. An elderly home care services provider can be with your aging parent on a fully customized schedule to ensure that they get all of the care, support, encouragement, and assistance that they need in order to manage their arthritis while also addressing their personality, goals, and thoughts. This means that your aging parent can remain safe, comfortable, and healthy, as well as pursue a lifestyle that is as independent, active, and fulfilling as possible. This care provider will develop a highly personalized set of services specifically designed to care for your loved one as a whole person rather than focusing just on one issue. Together they can ensure that your parent is able to maintain a high quality of life as they age in place. This can be accomplished through helping your parent make good lifestyle choices, encouraging and reminding them to remain compliant with prescriptions, treatments, and guidelines, and providing valuable companionship that addresses the emotional aspect of arthritis as well as encourages more motivation and engagement throughout their later years.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Boca Raton, FL, please contact the caring staff at Alternative Home Health Care today. Call (954) 622-0588.
Zach brings to Alternative 10 years of healthcare operations, sales, finance, and “turn around” experience, having led multiple home health care locations across five states to profitability and sustainability. His history of improving customer service, work flow design, and operational efficiencies along with bottom line profitability has earned him awards and recognition a top performer. Zach realized early on in his career that he felt a true connection to caring for those who need help and ensuring they received the highest quality of care available.
Zach received his Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Zach resides in Fort Lauderdale with his wife, three dogs, one cat and stays very involved in his local community.
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