How can our osteoarthritis care services help?
Osteoarthritis can lead to frustration and weariness, when a person can no longer perform simple, daily tasks with ease. We ensure that our Clients are comfortable and their dignity is respected at all times.
In most cases, people with osteoarthritis can lead full, active lives by properly managing the condition. Maintaining good personal care routines can also prevent secondary health problems, pain and discomfort.
Our CareGivers are highly trained in delivering osteoarthritis care or other types of arthritis-related care to those who need physical assistance.
Right at Home can help alleviate some of the pressures of osteoarthritis care and management, by offering help with the following:
- Meal preparation
- Light housekeeping
- Assistance with recreational activities
- Showering, bathing or bed bathing
- Dressing and undressing
- Hair care, shaving and grooming
- Toileting assistance
Contact your local Right at Home office to find out how we can offer you homecare for people with osteoarthritis or other types of arthritis.
At Right at Home we recognise the importance of having a regular CareGiver who knows your needs and capabilities. Here’s just one of the many great reviews for our arthritis care services.
“We have all been very happy with all the care staff that have been attending to our mother’s needs. They have been respectful of her dignity and wishes and have fed back very promptly with any concerns that they may have had about her wellbeing. We as a family felt she was in very safe hands with staff that really cared about her.“
What is osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is one of the most common forms of arthritis, also known as ‘wear and tear’ arthritis. It is mainly felt in the hands, knees and hips.
When someone experiences osteoarthritis, the cartilage within their joints begins to break down causing the bones to change.
People with osteoarthritis or another type of arthritis may experience a decreased range of mobility, stiffness, swelling, pain and aching. For some people, the symptoms may be mild and not constant, whilst others can experience pain every day.
We understand how frustrating and emotionally taxing it can be to live with osteoarthritis or another type of arthritis, but our homecare for people living with arthritis helps many people to reclaim their independence.
Right at Home Carers can help manage symptoms, pain and help with daily tasks. Speak to your local office team to discuss specialist arthritis-focused care and the ways we can help.
Can you live a normal life with osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is a common condition and although there is no cure for this, it does not necessarily progress over time. With the right care and support, you can keep your symptoms under control, ease pain and have a good quality of life.
A “normal life” looks different for everyone; that’s why our team of experienced osteoarthritis CareGivers will define a care plan that suits you and your needs.
Osteoarthritis care and management
Alongside practical care and support from a Right at Home CareGiver, there are several ways to manage and alleviate some of the symptoms of osteoarthritis and other types of arthritis.
Healthy eating and maintaining an active lifestyle will help to keep your muscles strong and prevent you from losing weight. Exercising regularly can also help to increase the range of motion in your joints and reduce pain.
Our at home CareGivers can help you with your recreational activities and physical activity, ensuring that you stay as fit and healthy as you can.
Find out more in our Healthy Eating guide.
It’s important that you take prescribed medicine in order to manage joint pain and other symptoms. Remember to check in with your health care professional if you need extra pain relief.
Over the counter pain relief can sometimes interfere with prescribed arthritis medication. That’s why our CareGivers are trained to support Clients with regular medication maintenance. Whether you need help keeping track of your pills, or need someone to collect a prescription from the pharmacy, our friendly team of osteoarthritis specialists can help.
Defining a clear osteoarthritis care plan
All of our Clients have a unique personal and Client-focused care plan. Discussing the level of care you need with your CareGiver and the office team can be reassuring and is a vital part of maintaining your independence.
Our CareGivers are there to help you with your needs, no matter how simple or difficult the task may seem. Right at Home CareGivers are competent win the use of mobility aids and equipment. They are also highly trained to help those who need physical assistance due to their particular type of arthritis. But above all, our Carers are there to help you with the things you need to get done. From household tasks to errands, personal care to a friendly chat, we’ll define a specialist care plan that suits your lifestyle.
To discuss how we can help you with your needs, from daily visits to live-in care, contact your local Right at Home office.
Osteoarthritis information and resources
- In the UK, more than 10 million people have arthritis or other, similar conditions that affect the joints
- More than half of the population over the age of 65 will develop osteoarthritis in at least one joint.
- Women are more likely to develop osteoarthritis, especially if they are over the age of 50.
- For more information on the symptoms of osteoarthritis, take a look at the NHS’ resources.
For a great resource on living with osteoarthritis, visit Arthritis Research UK.
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