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6 Tips for a Better Morning if Your Loved One Has Arthritis

Home Care in Quincy FL

Mornings can be a complicated time for your loved one with arthritis. If she’s trying to do too much, too soon, she may find that the stiffness and pain only get worse. Here are some tips that can Home-Care-Quincy-FLmake mornings much easier to handle.

Modify the Nightly Routine

Sometimes a better morning starts the night before. If your loved one isn’t already in the habit of setting things up for the next morning the night before, start working on that. She can set out her clothes, set up the coffee maker, and tackle any other tasks that are tough to do in the morning. That way there’s less to do in the morning and she can take her time.

Stretch in Bed

Stretching while she’s still in bed lets your loved one’s muscles and joints warm up more gradually. Your loved one shouldn’t rush through any stretching but instead move gradually and easily to let the joints wake up a bit. Talk to your loved one’s doctor or home care providers about good stretches to try first thing in the morning.

Don’t Rush Anything

Above all, there’s no reason to race through a morning routine if your loved one has arthritis. Stiffness gradually eases, and rushing that can cause a lot of pain and discomfort. It might even keep the joints and muscles feeling stiff for a longer period of time than they should. Go easy and just enjoy the slow morning.

Start with a Warm Shower

Heat helps to warm up both muscles and joints and a warm shower just feels good. By starting out with a warm shower, your loved one can keep that slow easing of her stiff joints going. It’s even possible that she’ll feel much more limber and ready to go after getting out of the heat of the shower.

Check Out Some Sleep Tools

Sometimes loved ones with arthritis experience issues in the morning because of how they sleep. Look into different types of pillows, such as neck or back pillows that can help to support her while she sleeps. Your loved one might also benefit from a new pillow or mattress, especially if the ones that she has are a few years old. Try changing out these sleep accessories until you find a combination that helps.

Talk to Your Loved One’s Doctor About Changing Her Schedule

If you’ve tried the other tips and your loved one is still having issues, it may be time for a follow up appointment with her doctor. He might want to change her medication, either the dosage or the timing of when she takes it, in order to help her have better mornings.

Getting a good start to the day is possible even if your loved one is dealing with arthritis pain and stiffness.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Quincy, FL, please call the caring staff at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care today at 850-386-5552. Providing Senior Care Services in North Florida.

Brian Moran, RN, Marketing Director, Partner

Marketing Director, Partner at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care
Brian Moran, RN is both a Partner and Director of Marketing for Hopewell In-Home Senior Care. Brian has worked at the Bellevue Hospital in NYC, Tallahassee Community Hospital, Select Specialty Hospital and has over 12 years’ experience as a home health care nurse at American Home Patient. Since joining Hopewell In-Home Senior Care in 2008, Brian has used his knowledge of health care and local resources to help seniors in Tallahassee, FL navigate the medical resource maze. His goal is to assist seniors and their families by increasing awareness, affordability and quality of in-home caregiver services for those who wish to age in place.

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