Chronic conditions such as arthritis and diabetes can significantly affect the quality of life in patients. While it’s easy to think a certain condition is only prevalent in older people, arthritis is not a disease of old age.
Because arthritis and diabetes are commonly heard of, people often underestimate their true degree of care required. People with those conditions can most definitely benefit from home care. Family First Companion Care can provide that.
What kind of arthritis care do patients need?
Arthritis is the inflammation of one or more joints. As such, it can inhibit movement and lead to a life of constant pain. Treatment options focus on reducing pain and prevent further damages to the joints. In some cases, surgery is also an option.
Because arthritis patients are often on medication such as acetaminophen, aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen to reduce pain and inflammation, they may need help with monitoring which medications to take. They may also need help with keeping up with doctor’s appointments and light housekeeping.
After a surgery like knee or hip replacement, patients will have limited mobility. Short-term arthritis care at home can assist with meal preparation and personal hygiene needs so patients can focus solely on recovery.
What kind of diabetes care do patients need?
Diabetics manage their condition with medications, a healthy diet, and exercise. It’s a lifestyle that requires a strict routine. Patients also require regular visits to the doctor.
Typical diabetes care at home can assist with meal preparation and cleanup, monitoring medications, and driving to and from doctor’s appointments. Because many diabetics need insulin therapy and are on multiple medications, monitoring them are crucial to their care and safety.
What other chronic conditions need home care?
Besides arthritis and diabetes, there are many people with other chronic conditions that can benefit from home care. People suffering from congestive heart failure (CHF), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and asthma are all suitable candidates.
Home care aids can work with individual clients to establish what causes their symptoms and how they can manage them. Most importantly, what would help improve their quality of life? For example, asthma sufferers might just need help with a few hours of vacuuming and cleaning per week.
Managing chronic conditions is stressful already. Home care can help people manage their conditions more effectively, while not bogged down by household chores.
How can Family First Companion Care help?
While we are not licensed to administer injections or medications, we can remind clients to take their medications on time, in the correct dosage. Because arthritis and diabetes patients are often on multiple medications, monitoring them is important.
We can also help with bathing, dressing, toileting, and other personal hygiene needs. This is especially helpful for arthritis patients who have undergone a surgery. For people with reduced mobility, we can perform housekeeping tasks as well.
Because every chronic condition is unique, we work with each client to create a personalized care plan that involves as little or much care as needed.