[ October 20, 2014 ]
Arthritis refers to a group of diseases that affect the joints, which have the common consequence of pain and reduced movement.
Arthritis affects many of the elderly, so here we will explore some tips and advice on coping with it around the house on a daily basis.
– Make life easier for yourself by making small adjustments to each room, for example using an extension cable from power points to raise the plug points to save bending down to them each time.
– Make switches, dials and knobs easier to grip. Pull cord switches are easier to grasp, as are large rocker switches. Wrapping elastic bands round door handles can make them easier to grip.
– Think about reducing the risk of trips and falls by making sure there is no loose carpet or trailing wires that you could catch your foot on. Consider adding a second hand rail, on the stairs, opposite the current banister, to help steady you when you go up the steps.
– Make it easier for you to get in and out of your own home. Consider adjusting the step into your home to make access safer for you, this may be putting a ramp in if you use a wheelchair or walking stick (social services can help with this).
It’s worth considering taking up regular exercise as it helps keep your joints flexible and free, it’s fun and can be a social event! Exercise can also:
– Help to ease stiffness
– Improve movement in your joints
– Strengthen muscles
– Keep your heart healthy
– Help you lose weight, putting less strain on your joints
– Help you strengthen bones and maintain bone density