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How Your Senior Loved One with Arthritis Can Benefit from a Home Health Care Provider

Dec 28, 2017 by Sandra Hatch

If your senior loved one is living with arthritis, osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes, or another chronic condition, they can lead a healthier, more fulfilling life from the comfort of their home with the help of our Comfort Keepers home care agency in Fresno, CA.

A home care agency is an invaluable resource for all senior citizens, especially those with common chronic diseases. Caregivers who work at our home care agencies have the training and experience necessary to provide older adults with a variety of conditions a higher quality of life. If your senior loved one has been diagnosed with any of the chronic diseases listed below, it is in their best interest to try a home health care provider:

Arthritis

Arthritis is defined as the inflammation of one or more joints and can lead to joint pain and stiffness which usually gets worse as a senior gets older.

It affects nearly 50% of the senior population and is one of the leading causes of disability.

In order to help seniors manage arthritis, caregivers can encourage them to engage in regular low-impact exercises such as water aerobics or tai-chi as weight loss is vital for healthy joints.

Diabetes

Did you know that 1 of every 4 seniors will be diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes? Not being able to exercise, not eating healthy and other lifestyle problems can make Type 2 Diabetes worse for seniors. And seniors who have arthritis or other challenges can have problems checking their blood sugar and taking their insulin when they need to. A home health care provider can be a huge help for seniors with Diabetes. Managing Diabetes isn’t easy, but with the help of a home care provider seniors can manage their Diabetes at home.

Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis leads to weak and brittle bones in older adults. A senior with this condition can break their bones easily by falling or even coughing or bending over. 

This condition affects almost 44 million adults who are age 50 and older. While men can develop osteoporosis, it is more common in women.

To assist seniors in controlling this condition and reducing their risk of falls and injuries, caregivers often support them in quitting smoking, limiting their alcohol intake, and consuming foods that are full of calcium and promote healthy bones. Since weight bearing exercises can also improve osteoporosis, caregivers can make sure older adults are incorporating them into their daily routine. Home safety modifications may be recommended as well.

Cardiovascular Disease

Any heart condition that involves blood clots, diseased vessels, or structural issues is referred to as a cardiovascular disease.

Some of the most common types of cardiovascular diseases that caregivers assist seniors with include coronary heart disease, stroke, congenital heart disease, hypertension, and arteriosclerosis.

Since a healthy lifestyle can reduce the risk of or control cardiovascular disease, a health care provider will ensure their senior clients are consuming nutritious, high-fiber meals, exercising at least a few times each week, limiting their alcohol intake, and taking all of their over-the-counter and prescribed medications on time.

Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome

Sadly, three fourths of adults over age 60 are either overweight or obese. Obesity is often related to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and other chronic conditions.

Caregivers assist obese seniors with weight loss by promoting increased exercise and preparing them healthy meals that are free of trans-fats and full of omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and unsaturated fats.

To find out more about the services that our health care providers can offer your senior loved one in Fresno, CA contact us or call (559) 365-6440 today. 

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