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????????????????????????????????????????Arthritis is an inflammatory joint disease caused by an infection or injury, particularly in the joint areas where cartilage tissue is worn down to almost nothing.  The breakdown of the tissue could be from normal wear and tear (aging) or it can be caused by an autoimmune attack, as in the case of rheumatoid arthritis.  Doctors often prescribe pain medication to relieve arthritis symptoms such as joint swelling, stiffness, morning flares, and back pain.  Arthritis is common in the hands, fingers, knees and elbows.  What do you do, though, when pain medication no longer seems to work?

Some suggestions may go against logic. For example, why exercise if movement only aggravates the pain?  However, here are some long-term solutions to consider:

  • Avoid alcohol at all costs. Even if your elderly loved one thinks that his choice of drink will relieve the pain, alcohol actually triggers and exacerbates the problem.
  • If you can, try to move your arms and legs. The more you move, the more you increase the flexibility of your joints, which reduces the pain.
  • Other foods to avoid: fried/processed food, candy, soda, dairy products
  • Use a heating pad, especially in the morning if that’s when your loved one’s symptoms are most severe

If you can’t be home to assist your elderly loved one who has arthritis, you can get 24 hour care from A-1 Home Care.  Our live-in arthritis care services include meal preparation, light housekeeping, laundry, bathing, grooming, oral hygiene, personal care, transportation and more.

About A-1 Home Care

A-1 Home Care is a licensed, bonded and insured home care agency based in Corona del Mar.  Established in 1991, we have been serving seniors and their families for over two decades, offering a variety in-home care services such as Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care, Lou Gehrig’s Care, Arthritis Care, Parkinson’s Care, Kidney Care, Cancer Care, Hospice Care and more.  As one of the few home care agencies that have successfully received licensure from the State of California, A-1 Home Care ensures client safety and guarantees 100% customer satisfaction.  We screen every caregiver for their criminal background and all professional references are verified.  Our 24 hour care and live-out care services are covered by long term care insurance and veteran benefits.  We also offer high quality in-home care at unbeatably low rates!

For quality Arthritis Care, call A-1 Home Care (949) 650-3800 or visit us at www.coronadelmarinhomecare.com for services in Corona del Mar, Tustin, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Fullerton, Orange, Irvine, Huntington Beach and Garden Grove.

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