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October Arthritis Awareness Month

Elderly woman with arthritis talking to doctor

October is arthritis awareness month, when medical professionals remind the world about this condition and the way people can manage it, including arranging Live-in Care if necessary. The main call for action, of course, is “Do not delay”! Arthritis can be managed when diagnosed sooner rather than later.

As we grow up, we depend on our parents when we are uncertain about how to behave in certain situations. The more we learn about life, the stronger and more confident we become, and we want to be independent. Once we taste the freedom of independency, we want to stay independent for the rest of our lives.

Most people have been “carers” for their loved ones, physically and mentally, for so long that slowing down is not an option. Most people are happy to live denying the first signs of stiffness and pains, until these signs become unbearable, and they have to face the diagnosis – arthritis.

Arthritis is a common condition that causes pain and inflammation in joints. Although arthritis affects people of all ages, including children, elderly people are more likely to have it.

The most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. The NHS website is a wonderful source of information about different types of arthritis and tips on how to manage it. We take a closer look at the most common type of arthritis – osteoarthritis.

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis in the UK. It often develops in people during their mid-40s, or older. Women are more likely to to be affected than men, and people with family history of the condition.

Osteoarthritis initially affects the smooth cartilage lining of the joint. This makes movement more difficult than usual, leading to pain and stiffness. If you or your loved one suffers from these symptoms and it affects your/their lifestyle so much that it compromises your/their independent living, Live-in Care might be the perfect solution for you.

Once the cartilage lining starts to roughen and thin out, the tendons and ligaments have to work harder. This can cause swelling and the formation of bony spurs called osteophytes. Severe loss of cartilage can lead to bone rubbing on bone, altering the shape of the joint and forcing the bones out of their normal position. At this point people really struggle to care for themselves. Our trained Live-in Carers provide support for people with arthritis.

The most commonly affected joints are those in the hands, spine, knees and hips. Although osteoarthritis is a long-term condition and cannot be cured, it does not necessarily mean that it will get worse over time. Even better, it can sometimes gradually improve! A number of treatments are also available to reduce the symptoms.

Mild symptoms can sometimes be managed with simple measures, including:

  • regular exercise

  • losing weight if you're overweight

  • wearing suitable footwear

  • using specialised devices to reduce the strain on your joints during your everyday activities

Osteoarthritis is not preventable. However, you may be able to minimise the risk of developing the condition by living a healthy lifestyle. Our Live-in Cares ensure that your loved ones are supported during their exercises, they also cook and clean to take the strain off joints.

If you have an elderly loved one who suffers from arthritis, you know the challenges of finding the right care. That's why we offer specialised live-in care for seniors with arthritis, all within the comfort and familiarity of their own homes. Our live-in carers provide personalised one to one care, ensuring that your loved one's unique needs and preferences are met, from medication management to daily activities. We understand the importance of quality care in the home, and strive to provide the most compassionate and reliable companion care at home for our clients. Let us help provide peace of mind for you and comfort for your loved one.

If you think that you or your loved one can benefit from Live-in Care, call our friendly team today – 01264 319 399.


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