According the Center for Disease Control, as of 2010, 50 million Americans were living with some form of Arthritis. This number is expected to increase to nearly 67 million by the year 2030. Characterized by symptoms that include joint pain, stiffness, inflammation and swelling in body parts like the hands, legs, feet or wrists, Arthritis can inhibit individuals of any age, although Arthritis symptoms are most common among the 65+ senior population.
Unlike conditions, such as Alzheimer’s, that impair an elderly individual’s mental capacity to complete activities of daily living on their own, Arthritis can make everyday tasks like cutting vegetables, or tying shoes, excruciatingly painful.
In combination with a doctor’s care, physical therapy and prescription medications, home care can provide support to seniors with Arthritis symptoms and grant them the freedom to age in place comfortably.
Here are 3 tips to help your home care agency win business from prospects with Arthritis symptoms:
1. Showcase your use of a home care system or home care software:
Utilizing a home care system, like that offered by ClearCare, allows your agency to track client symptoms and keep assessment information at your fingertips. However, perhaps most importantly, a home care system allows home care managers to provide updated care plans to caregivers at a moment’s notice. Managers can create tasks for caregivers to assist with hygiene or meal preparation that may be difficult for clients with Arthritis to complete on their own, or note specific medication reminders to help clients manage their Arthritis symptoms as prescribed by their doctor.
2. Train caregivers on the effects of Arthritis:
By providing training to your caregivers about the symptoms and effects of Arthritis, they will be better able to understand the discomfort and needs of your clientele with Arthritis symptoms. With this knowledge they will be better able to anticipate the needs of your clients and provide the best in-home support based on tasks assigned via your home care system or home care software.
3. Provide home care system access to your clients, their families and other care providers:
Family caregivers, case managers and physicians often want to know if a medication is providing relief, or if new Arthritis symptoms are developing. By using a robust home care system, like ClearCare, your caregivers will have the ability to leave voice memos or notes about complaints of new pains, or tasks that are easier to do since new therapies. This information can then be shared, by providing other members of the senior’s care team with secure log-ins to your ClearCare home cares system.
The need for in-home care for people with Arthritis symptoms will continue to grow. What will your agency be doing to best serve this sector of the senior population?