Arthritis is a condition where inflammation causes joint pain and stiffness. If your mom or dad is among the 49.6 percent the CDC says has arthritis, help around the house and when running errands are important. Joint pain may impact your mom or dad’s mobility. It’s harder to get things done.
Here are some tips on how you can help.
Consider Getting them into a Pool
Exercise is an essential way to help fight arthritis. In a pool, the body’s buoyancy lowers the stress on the joints. If there’s enough land and the weather is suitable for a pool, it’s something you could consider. You don’t have to install a permanent pool. The inflatable ring pools are not expensive and can be taken down for the winter, if necessary.
Keep Electric Heating Pads and Cooling Packs on Hand
Heating pads help ease the stiffness in joints and muscles. You should have them available for your mom or dad. It can really help to apply warmth before doing exercises designed to improve flexibility and joint strength. When the pain and swelling are at their worst, a cold gel pack offers relief. The Arthritis Foundation suggests limiting the time your parent uses an ice pack to 20 minutes.
Look Into Mobility Devices
When the arthritis is in the hips, knees, or ankles, mobility is affected. Your mom or dad may no longer be able to walk upstairs without difficulty. Walking around a store, yard, or neighborhood is also problematic. With a cane or walker, your mom or dad gains some support while walking. This makes it easier to safely walk to a mailbox, take a walk for health, or complete grocery shopping.
Schedule an Appointment With a Physical Therapist
Physical therapy can help your mom or dad gain some mobility in the stiff and sore joints. While exercise is beneficial at helping relieve arthritis, some seniors don’t understand which exercises to do. A physical therapist helps target the most effective exercises to help strengthen the specific joints. The therapist also helps your parent gain balance and flexibility.
Hire a Senior Care Professional to Help With Household Chores
Hire a senior care professional as soon as possible. The caregiver doesn’t have to come daily. You can have a caregiver come in once a week to change sheets, help with laundry, and take care of light housework. That eases the burden on your mom or dad. Pick up the phone and call our senior care agency today.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Senior Care Services in Naples FL, call the caring staff at Dial-a-Nurse today. Naples: (239) 307-0033. Ft. Myers: (239) 307-0065.
In 1995 he became Administrator of Dial-a-Nurse nursing agency, the oldest nursing agency in the Southwest Florida succeeding his mother who started the company 37 years ago. He is also President of Nevco, Inc., an educational healthcare training company begun in 1988.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with the U.S. Department of Commerce on various Missions to improve the quality of life around the world by development of supportive healthcare programs. In 2005 he traveled with U.S. officials and addressed the Italian National Government assisting in the creation of Nurse Education mandates for that Country. In 2006 he was invited and spoke with the National Institutes of Continuing Education in Eastern Europe on healthcare education and developmental mandates, and most recently represented the United States at the European Union in Lake Balaton, Hungary in 2011. In 2014 he traveled with the U.S. Department of State to Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam in an effort to improve caregiver knowledge and training.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with a number of non-profits in contributing and creating curriculum to improve the quality of life in third-world countries since 2001, and notably created a successful program in Odessa, India that has been modeled in other areas of the world. In his backyard, he has worked with local Goodwill Industries to provide curriculum and training to underserved individuals who have obtained employment as a result of educational training. He was the Congressional appointment to the Governor's purple ribbon task force in 2013, and has worked to educate caregivers in all aspects of Alzheimer's training.