Treating your loved one’s arthritis symptoms at home can help to add another level of relief to her overall arthritis treatment plan. If you’ve been more focused on the medical aspect of treating your loved one’s arthritis, these at-home treatments can give your loved one further options.
Alternate Heat and Cold.
Heat and cold can both have soothing effects on arthritic joints. It’s important not to use either heat or cold for too long because that can cause additional pain for your loved one. Stick to just a few minutes at a time for best results. Hot water bottles, warm towels, or even a soothing hot bath are excellent ways to use heat. Ice packs or even a bag of frozen vegetables are perfect ways to use cold.
Use Assistive Devices and Other Tools.
Anything that can relieve stress on your loved one’s joints is a great addition to her arthritis care plan. There are a wide range of devices available for people have arthritis. Some to look for include jar openers, reaching tools, and door knob opening tools. Don’t forget that there are other “tools” that can help your loved one avoid overtaxing her joints, such as hiring elderly care providers to help her with household tasks.
Talk to Her Doctor about Supplements and OTC Options.
Your loved one’s doctor has likely already prescribed medications to help with her joint pain, but there may be supplements or over-the-counter treatments that could work with her prescribed plan. Make sure that you set aside some time to talk about that in the next appointment and get some details about what might work best for your loved one.
Exercise can help your elderly loved one bring some flexibility back to her joints and muscles. Depending on your elderly loved one’s capabilities, she may want to stick with gentle stretching exercises or she might want to do more advanced exercises, such as dancing. Many people with arthritis also find that they enjoy water exercises, such as water aerobics or swimming.
Your loved one might need different treatments at different times, so don’t be afraid to experiment a little to find just the right combination.