How Can You Make Life Easier for a Senior Who Has Arthritis?

Arthritis is one of those conditions that can affect your senior at a variety of levels. One day she may feel only a twinge of pain, while another day might leave her feeling drained from the pain she’s had to fight through.

Elderly Care Rochester NY - How Can You Make Life Easier for a Senior Who Has Arthritis?

Elderly Care Rochester NY – How Can You Make Life Easier for a Senior Who Has Arthritis?

Help Her Get Moving

Your elderly family member’s doctor might recommend a specific exercise plan for her. Even if she is worried that it will hurt to move, your senior needs to get moving. Having enough exercise helps to lubricate her joints and strengthen the muscles that support her joints. All of that together helps your senior to be able to manage her arthritis better than she thinks she might.

Make Sure She’s Taking the Right Medications

Another suggestion that your senior’s doctor might make is for her to take medications. Some of these help to manage inflammation while others might help to manage pain. It’s important that if your senior is taking medications that you continue to monitor side effects and how well they actually help your senior’s quality of life. It’s not always easy to land on the right combination of medications right out of the gate, so her doctor may need to recommend different medications.

Check for Problems with Accessibility at Home

Accessibility at home is vital for your elderly family member to be able to function properly. If she’s got issues with grasping knobs, for example, it might be a good idea to change out the round knobs for lever knobs, which are easier to operate. If you’re not sure what to change or look for, consider bringing in elderly care providers to help. They’re familiar with the challenges that older adults with arthritis can face and they can help you to spot changes you can make.

Encourage Her to Use Assistive Devices as Much as Possible

Your elderly family member might need to use a variety of assistive devices. Some of them, like a grabber that she can use to pick up items, might be fun for her to use. Others, like canes, might be somewhat more embarrassing. Try to encourage your senior to use any devices that she needs to use in order to make her life easier. It’s not about trying to look cool because these devices are about keeping her safe and able to function.

Work with your elderly family member’s doctor to continually update her plan of action. The more you can keep up with her changing needs, the easier it will be for her to manage her arthritis on a daily basis.

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About Kevin Watkins

Caring Hearts of Rochester was founded by John Hunt and Kevin Watkins. Kevin and John met when they were in the same Boy Scout Troop in their youth. They chose different career paths before forming Caring Hearts.

Kevin and his wife, Candy, lived in Naples, Florida for 10 years, where three of their four children were born. He was recruited to the insurance industry by a colleague who felt his personality would benefit people with needs. The insurance industry became a big part of their lives. He evaluated peoples’ risks, working with property and casualty, and life products, and later began to underwrite Long Term Care insurance as people were beginning to plan for their futures. He started two agencies, then bought a third. In his last three years before selling his third agency, he was ranked in the top 10%, top 5% & then top 1% nationally out of the more than 12,500 Allstate agencies in the U.S. at the time. Kevin’s success can be accredited to his kind nature and his genuine desire to help individuals and families with their needs. He feels very at home meeting with people and discussing their needs, a trait that has been very helpful in his continued success with Caring Hearts of Rochester. Kevin returned to Rochester in 2006 to introduce their young children to snow and to be closer to his extended family.

After having returned to Rochester from their careers in other states, John and Kevin reconnected. Alzheimer’s had afflicted both of their families, and they had both experienced and witnessed the challenges associated with the role of being a caregiver. Kevin’s and John’s collective experiences complemented their desire to work with families and individuals in need. They founded Caring Hearts of Rochester and have since been able work in a capacity that has become a passion for them. They are both Certified Senior Advisors (CSA), a designation earned through education, study and experience in the Elderly and Geriatric Care Profession. Their number one concern is providing their senior clients with ethical and effective services and products. Caring Hearts of Rochester is associated with numerous local affiliations for the elderly in the Upstate NY area including Lifespan, Eldersource, and the Greater Rochester Area Partnership for the Elderly.

As the co-founders and hands-on managers of Caring Hearts of Rochester, we thank you for this opportunity to tell you about our passion. We are responsible for the services we offer, for the people we hire, for the training they receive, for the quality and reliability of the services our team delivers to you and your loved ones. Give us a call so that we may learn more about you and your needs at (585) 861-CARE(2273)