Hiring a caregiver helps elderly manage arthritis
Arthritis, a chronic disease characterized by more than 100 conditions which affects the body’s joints disrupts seniors’ lives. The familiar forms include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia and gout.
According to the Arthritis Society, osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common type of arthritis, affecting three plus million Canadians.
People living with OA experience erosion of the cartilage which leads to pain, stiffness, swelling and bone-on-bone movement in joints. Osteoarthritis affects joints that receive the most stress, namely the knees, hips and hands. And, sadly, the prevalence increases with age.
Osteoarthritis can lead to knee and hip replacements. If your loved one has arthritis and needs help at home, the local Oakville CalaCare office can help with chores, medication reminders and activities of daily living.
How CalaCare can help:
Medication Reminders: A CalaCare professional caregiver can pick up new prescriptions and refills, and oversee medication reminders to help reduce the risk of a medication accident. Our caregiver can track reactions or side effects so that your loved one can address them with the physician or alert the doctor immediately if severe reactions occur.
Nutrition Management: Mobility is an issue for people living with arthritis. A CalaCare caregiver can assist with grocery shopping and meal preparation. Preparing meals offers opportunities to interact with clients and observe and record their food intake.
Assistance with Daily Routines: After a joint replacement or hip surgery, due to arthritic-related problem, requires a daily regime of simple at-home exercises to speed up the pace of recovery. A CalaCare caregiver can remind and encourage a client to stay on schedule with exercises.
Doctor Appointments: Follow-up appointments are often required to ensure that an older adult recovers or manages pain effectively. A caregiver can track scheduled appointments, prepare a client for the trip and provide transportation to the doctor’s office.
To learn more about keeping your senior loved one healthy at home, call CalaCare at 1-888-774-CALA (2252).