If your loved one has arthritis, they are most likely in almost constant pain. Some days are more dolorous than others, but arthritis is a tough thing to live with regardless of the pain level.
If your loved one’s arthritis is severe, they may not be able to button the buttons on their shirt, or zip the zipper on their pants. They might not be able to open their pill bottles, or their water bottles, or their food containers. The swelling in the joints of their fingers and hands can make these simple tasks feel like absolute torture, and this is where home care can help.
A home care aide can take care of all of these things and more, without making your senior feel like they are being waited on. Here are just a few of the many things that a home care aide can assist your senior with in order to make their life much easier and more comfortable.
- Help with clothing. As mentioned above, buttons can be a real you-know-what for someone whose fingers are stiff, swollen, and clumsy from the swelling in their joints. It can be extremely frustrating not to be able to wear a button-up shirt because you can’t button it up, or to wear a coat with a zipper because you can’t get a hold of the zipper. A home care aide can help with all of these things, enabling your loved one to wear whatever outfit they would like.
- Help in the bathroom. This could go hand-in-hand with the one above. A home care aide can help unzip your loved one’s zipper if they need to use the restroom, and they can help them with other things there as well. For instance, they could help with the shower or bath, turning on the faucet, and helping your senior get in and out of the tub safely.
- Opening medicine bottles. This one is especially important. Whether the medication is for arthritis or for another illness, the medicine will be of no help at all if your loved one can’t get it out of the bottle. Your home care aide cannot legally administer the medication, but he or she can open the pill bottles for your loved one, allowing them to get to the medicine they need, so that they can feel better.
- Household tasks. If your joints are aching, you don’t want to clean the house. A home care aide can help with this by tidying up around the house, as well as by cooking meals and doing other chores. This can greatly enhance one’s quality of life, because they don’t have to miss out on the comforts of a nice, clean home just because they have severe arthritis.
At the end of the day, a home care aide is basically meant to be an assistant to your aging loved one, helping them to do the things they can’t do as well on their own. With a little help, your loved one’s life could become easier, better, and more comfortable in no time.