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Elderly Care in Modesto CA: Caring for a Loved One with Arthritis

Elderly Care in Modesto CA: Caring for a Loved One with Arthritis

It can be difficult to watch a loved one suffer with the pain associated with arthritis. The effects can be debilitating and can result in loss of mobility and independence. Fortunately, there are actions that you and your parent can undertake to help ease the pain and promote a life filled with activity and enjoyment.

Steps to Relieve Pain

If the pain of arthritis is proving overwhelming and limiting for your parent, consider these techniques to relieve pain. Sometimes it takes a little investigative work to find the one that works best for your loved one. But chances are that one of these will help relieve the pain and increase the quality of their life.

  • A warm Epsom salts bath. Include 20 drops of lavender to further promote a reduction in pain and an increase in relaxation.
  • Other essential oils that can be applied topically for pain relief include ginger. The Arthritis Foundation reported on a study from the University of Miami that suggested ginger extract could even be a substitute for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Ginger’s anti-inflammatory properties may be part of its success.
  • Turmeric, taken internally, has been shown to reduce the pain of arthritis. Again, this could be due to its anti-inflammatory processes as well.
  • Hot and Cold Therapy can help reduce the pain. Apply ice for 20 minutes, followed by a hot pack for 20 minutes. The ice helps reduce the inflammation and relieve the pain while the heat decreases muscle tension. Between the two, they also increase circulation.

Steps to Reduce Stiffness

Though the last thing your parent probably feels like doing is applying more stress to their aching joints through exercise, it is probably one of the first actions they should undertake. They will, however, want to be gentle to those joints that have been affected by arthritis. There are a number of exercises that increase strength, flexibility and balance without putting undue stress upon the joints. These include water aerobics, swimming, tai chi and stationary bicycling. Increased muscle tone helps support affected joints and is vital to long-term health and maintaining mobility.

Elder Care Provider

If your parent’s arthritis has left them unable to perform the everyday activities of living, consider the aid of an elderly care provider. These trained professionals can help with bathing, dressing, meal preparation and light housekeeping as well as transportation. They can accompany your parent on walks and to exercise class and provide that component so essential to a life well-lived: companionship.

If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Modesto, CA, contact the caring staff at Provident Home Care. Call today (877) 572-3411.

 

Resources

http://www.arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/pain-management/tips/warm-water-therapy.php

https://draxe.com/essential-oils-for-arthritis/

 

Robin Conley RN, Owner and CEO

RN, Owner and CEO at Provident Care - Modesto, CA
When my grandmother’s health began to deteriorate... My greatest fear was that something would happen to her when I couldn’t be there. She had become unsteady on her feet, forgot to take her medications when she was supposed to, was not eating meals that fit into her dietary restrictions and often failed to recognize signs that she was getting into trouble. I knew that it was her firm desire to stay in her own home, but the amount of oversight I knew she needed was sometimes overwhelming for me to do alone. This is where my journey started! Providing care to seniors in our community is not just a job for me... It is something that has touched my life personally and something that I am passionate about! I know firsthand the worry and uncertainty caused when someone you love becomes ill or injured and how overwhelming the responsibility of caring for a loved one can be. I also know that finding a compassionate caregiver can often restore health, provide seniors with a renewed sense of control and independence, reduce depression, and relieve family members so they can once again be a caring son or daughter. So if you find yourself or someone you may know, in this situation... Our team of care managers and professional, compassionate caregivers at Provident Care would be honored to help you care for your loved one. Our staff is committed to caring for our clients as if we were caring for a member of our own family.

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