Receiving arthritis care from Country Cousins will help you live life to the fullest by:
- supporting movement and exercise
- assistance with mobility issues in and out of the home
- reminding to take medications and monitoring symptoms or other health conditions
- offering companionship and emotional support
- preparing nutritious food and drinks that support health
- assist with household tasks (such as cleaning, laundry, and tidying)
help with washing, dressing, and toilet needs
- run errands and do chores (such as shopping, walking the dog or accompanying you to appointments)
With so many different types of arthritis and levels of severity, there come different forms of treatment and prognosis. However, for most types of arthritis, there are currently no cures available. Changes to diet, exercise, and lifestyle can have very positive effects to manage the symptoms and halt the progression of the disease.
The carers we work with can provide arthritis care and support through live-in care or we can match you with multiple carers to provide 24-hour care. Our highly trained carers are individually matched to each client to ensure you get the right professional care for your needs.
Arthritis is one of the most common health conditions in the UK. According to the NHS, over 10 million people in the UK are living with arthritis today. Arthritis affects people of all ages, including children, but it is most common in older adults. Almost half of people over the age of 65 are thought to be living with the condition.
Arthritis can present itself in a number of ways, from mild aches and pains to severe symptoms and persistent pain that is life-changing. For many people, living with arthritis can be painful and debilitating, making everyday tasks difficult. Arthritis care is available to support sufferers in their daily life, manage their condition, and assist them in living full and independent lives.
What is arthritis?
Arthritis isn’t a single disease; the term refers to joint pain or joint disease, and there are more than 100 types of arthritis and related conditions. Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are the 2 most common types of arthritis. People of all ages, races and sexes live with arthritis, and it is the leading cause of disability in the UK.
Arthritis usually involves inflammation or degeneration in one or more joints of the body. Joints are places where two bones meet, such as the elbow or knee. There are many different types of arthritis with different causes and treatments. In some types, other organs, such as the eyes, heart, or skin, can also be affected.
Arthritis is often a lifelong condition, known as a chronic condition, that can affect people of any age. Although arthritis is increasingly common as we get older, autoimmune diseases, broken bones, or bacterial or viral infections can also cause arthritic issues.
If you or a loved one are living with arthritis it’s important to know that support is available to help you in your everyday life. Arthritis care can be given at home, to support daily living, helping to manage the condition, and allow you the freedom to live life independently, the way you want.
What are the symptoms of arthritis?
Different types of arthritis have different symptoms. They may be mild in some people and severe in others. Joint pain might come and go, or it could remain constant.
The most common symptom of arthritis is joint pain but other signs and symptoms include:
● restricted movement and flexibility in the joints
● joint pain, tenderness, and stiffness
● inflammation in and around the joints
● warm or red skin around the affected area
● crackling noise when moving
● muscle weakness and pain
is the most common type of arthritis and is more common in older people.
an autoimmune form of arthritis where the immune system attacks the healthy joint tissues.
a type of arthritis that causes inflammation in the spine resulting in the vertebrae to fusing together over time.
a type of arthritis that occurs as flares. It’s characterised by sudden, severe attacks of pain, swelling, redness and tenderness in one or more joints, most often in the big toe.
Formerly known as juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, it is the most common type of chronic arthritis in children under the age of 16.
can occur in people who have psoriasis (a skin condition that presents as scaly red and white skin patches). It affects the joints and areas where psoriasis is present and occurs as flares followed by periods of remission.
sometimes called Reiter’s syndrome, it is triggered by an infection in the body— most often the intestines, genitals or urinary tract. The condition usually targets the knees, ankles and feet.
Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and other types are autoimmune conditions attacks where tendons and ligaments attach to the bone. Symptoms include pain and stiffness, especially in the lower back.
You can read more about the types of arthritis on the NHS website.
Arthritis care with Country Cousins
If you or a loved one could benefit from arthritis care and support, get in touch with us today to see how we can help you. We offer a free, no-obligation enquiry service so we can answer any questions you may have so you can make the right choice for you.
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