Providing private duty in-home care for senior citizens with Arthritis can present a unique set of challenges. While many seniors suffer from aches and pains associated with aging, older individuals with Arthritis symptoms may be experiencing a higher level of pain while taking on everyday tasks. Here are 5 quick tips to help your in-home caregivers provide high quality care to people with Arthritis symptoms:
1. Integrate routines to manage symptoms into your care plan tasks:
Robust home care systems, like that available from ClearCare, allow you to provide your in-home caregivers with specific tasks that center on routines that manage Arthritis symptoms. Tasks like medication reminders, physical therapy assistance and meal prep may all help relieve some of the pain associates with Arthritis symptoms.
2. Encourage gentle activity throughout the day and before bed:
To help prevent stiffness after long periods of rest, like a nap or night of sleep, encourage clients who are capable of doing so to take part in gentle exercise such as a short walk or simple stretches. Remind caregivers to work activity into their care routines with tasks in your home care systems.
3. Remind sedentary clients to adjust their position regularly:
In-home care clients with Arthritis symptoms who are wheel chair bound, or less capable of getting up and moving around should be encouraged to change positions often t o avoid stiffness. Ask caregivers to note positions changes for wheel-chair and bed-ridden clients in your agency’s home care systems.
4. Pace activities of daily living to allow for rest:
While working through care plans of individuals with Arthritis symptoms, pace tasks like dressing, bathing, hygiene, meal preparation and exercise routines so that there is time for rest. Too much activity at once may cause additional pain for clients with Arthritis. Utilize scheduling features within homecare systems to assign specific times to tasks that may cause Arthritis symptoms to flare.
5. Respond to the current condition of the client:
Like many other conditions, Arthritis symptoms may be more bothersome some days than others. It is imperative for in-home caregivers to be flexible in their care routine to respond to the level of pain that in-home care clients are reporting. Home care systems, like ClearCare, allows in-home caregivers to note tasks that were incomplete due to complaints of Arthritis symptoms, which can then be passed along to family caregivers or medical providers via secure log-ins to your agency’s home care systems.