Arthritis is a common condition that causes pain and inflammation in a joint and can affect people of all ages.
Due to the nature of the condition, it can sometimes become slightly debilitating and compromise a person’s independence, for example their ability to carry out everyday tasks.
At Bridgewater Home Care we offer specialist arthritis care which is a tailored service based upon the abilities of the individual and the symptoms of the condition.
We understand that arthritis can affect people in many different ways, however our clients have one common desire; the ability to live as independently as possible from the comfort of their own home.
With the help of our Care Specialists, individuals are able to continue doing the things they love with as little disruption to their normal lives as possible.
What are the symptoms of arthritis?
The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, Symptoms will depend on the type and severity of the condition, these include:
• Joint pain, tenderness, and stiffness
• Inflammation in and around the joints
• Restricted movement of the joints
• Warm red skin over the affected joint
• Weakness and muscle wasting
How can Bridgewater Home Care help?
There are a number of ways in which a Bridgewater Care Specialist can help a loved one to continue to live well at home, enabling them to still enjoy doing the things they love most.
We believe a condition such as arthritis should not stop individuals leading a fulfilling and exciting life – with our help and support we can assist with a variety of everyday tasks to make the condition much more manageable.
Our Care Specialists can help with:
Home Help and Housekeeping
light housework, cleaning, laundry, ironing, rearranging light furniture and appliances for easy reach and helping to carry things around the home.
maintaining good personal hygiene, help with bathing and dressing, toileting assistance, help dressing and undressing, assistance with the morning and night time routine.
Our personal care service can also include help with mobility and strength exercises which can help to reduce the painful effects of arthritis.
A more specialist service helping with more complex conditions and administering medication.
Our Care Specialists are expertly trained to assist with a variety of specialist conditions, as well as recognising signs and behaviours that may indicate additional symptoms or complications.
There are also a number of supportive aids we can advise on for around the home to help cope with arthritis such as: using levers around the home to distribute weight, gripping exercises, using handles to grip object, handrails, long-handle tools or using levers for handles and taps.