Homecare: Does your elderly loved one have an arthritis diagnosis?
If so, there are certain things that might help them to be in less pain. When you or a homecare provider take your elderly loved one to their doctor, there may be recommendations or medications they give. In the meantime, there are some other tips to help ease some of your elderly loved one’s arthritis symptoms.
Doing Range-of-Motion Exercises
Range of motion is often limited in people who have arthritis. However, there are some range-of-motion exercises that your elderly loved one can do to improve this. Some of these exercises include:
- Leg lifts
- Shoulder rolls
- Ankle rolls
- Bending exercises
If your elderly loved one does these exercises regularly, it could help to improve the way they feel on a daily basis. Most professionals recommend that a person with arthritis do these exercises multiple times a day, so you or a home care provider may need to encourage your elderly loved one to do so.
Stretching can be extremely beneficial to a person who has arthritis. Just like with the range-of-motion exercises, anyone who has arthritis should be stretching multiple times a day. Stretching helps to loosen muscles, ease tension, and reduce pain. Some places where your elderly loved one can find different stretches to do include:
- Smartphone fitness apps
- Online programs
- Physical therapy
If needed, you or a senior care provider can find a list of stretches that help with arthritis. Then, you can share these with your elderly loved one.
Low Impact Routines
If your elderly loved one has arthritis it is vital they are mostly doing low-impact fitness routines. The reason for this is that these exercises are easier on their joints and body in general. Some of the low-impact routines that could help your elderly loved one include those with:
If your elderly loved one needs help finding these routines, you or a home care provider can look up low-impact exercises online. There are apps that have these workout routines, as well.
Does your elderly loved one have an arthritis diagnosis? If so, there are different ways that they can relieve some of their symptoms. Exercising should be one of the first things added to your elderly loved one’s lifestyle. The exercises above are a great place for them to start. If your elderly loved one needs more guidance on what exercises are safe for them, make sure they talk to their doctor and their homecare services provider can help.