Specialist arthritis care to support your independence
Living with arthritis can sometimes be quite a hindrance to your independence – especially when you are going through an arthritis flare-up. But that doesn’t mean that you or your loved one has to forego any of your home comforts to accommodate your condition. With arthritis care at home, we’ll be there to provide bespoke person-centred support that is available whenever you need it.
We’ve been providing dedicated home care services to thousands of families across England and Wales for over 30 years. And with care visits available from as little as 30 minutes all the way up to overnight and live-in care, we can give you the support you need to live comfortably and independently with arthritis.
We’ll work closely with you and your loved ones to provide a personalised care package that focuses entirely around you and your needs. So, if you are trying to keep on top of the housework but you are experiencing a lot of pain in your joints or you are studying at university and you need some extra support with getting around campus, we’ll be there to support you so that you can continue with your day-to-day life – just with a little help along the way.
With a number of different types of arthritis, the condition can also come with its own complications and unpredictabilities. That’s why our arthritis care is completely tailored and flexible to you, so if you experience a sudden change in your condition then we can swiftly adapt your level of care to ensure that you are always taken care of.Request a callback Email us
What are arthritis symptoms?
Arthritis is a common condition that causes pain and swelling in the joints. It currently affects more than 10 million people in the UK and it can affect any person of any age – including children. There are over ten different types of arthritis, including fibromyalgia, lupus, psoriatic arthritis and reactive arthritis, but the two most common types are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Affecting over nine million people in the UK, osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis in the UK and usually develops in adults in their mid-40s or older. The main symptoms include joint pain and stiffness, but some people can also experience swelling, tenderness or a ‘crackling’ sound when moving the affected joints.
Osteoarthritis occurs when the protective cartilage on the ends of your bones breaks down. Generally, everybody’s joints are exposed to a constant low level of damage, but in most cases this damage is repaired on its own without the presence of any symptoms – but osteoarthritis can lead to pain, swelling and problems around the joint when this damage is caused. The exact cause of osteoarthritis is still unknown, but there are several things thought to increase your likelihood of developing the condition, including:
- Joint injury – creating too much movement in your joints after an injury or operation when they haven’t had enough time to heal
- Age – the risk of developing osteoarthritis can increase as you get older
- Obesity – too much weight can put a lot of excess strain on your joints, particularly those that carry much of your weight such as your hips and knees
Osteoarthritis can affect your life in many different ways, but there are actions you can take to help alleviate any problems that it’s causing. Depending on the severity of your condition, you can work with an Occupational Therapist to establish the aids and adaptations that are available to support you at home. There are also a number of exercises available to help you to manage your pain.
Rheumatoid arthritis affects approximately 400,000 people in the UK. It is usually diagnosed in those aged between 40 – 50 years old and is most common amongst women. Rheumatoid arthritis occurs when the body’s immune system targets the affected joints, often leading to pain, discomfort and swelling.
The most common symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis include a throbbing and aching pain – most often worse in the mornings and after a period of inactivity – stiffness and swelling, but additional symptoms may include:
- High temperature or fever
- Poor appetite or sudden weight loss
Rheumatoid arthritis can often bring about flare-ups where your symptoms get significantly worse for a period of time. This can happen at any time, but most commonly after you’ve been feeling particularly stressed or following an infection. If you are experiencing a flare-up, you can help to alleviate some of your discomfort with gentle exercises, putting heated or cold items on the joint and letting those around you know so that they are able to support you.
Dedicated home care to retain your independence
Despite it being one of the ‘invisible illnesses’, arthritis can cause a lot of disruption to your daily life. Whether you are in your elderly years and struggling with your mobility or you are in your mid-40s and finding it difficult to manage work, children and the pain and stiffness in your joints, independence can sometimes be difficult to achieve with arthritis. This can be frustrating and upsetting, especially if you want to be able to enjoy playing football in the garden with your children or taking your beloved canine companion for a walk around the park.
With dedicated home care from Helping Hands, we understand how important it is for you to remain independent – which is why we create personalised care packages that give you the support you need to continue to live your life entirely on your terms.
With bespoke visiting, live-in and respite care packages available, we’ll be here to support you with the level of care you need; whether that’s regular visits that are little and often, intensive live-in support or short-term care to assist you throughout a flare-up. Our friendly team of advisors will talk you through all the options for arthritis care and work closely with you and your loved ones to build a package of care that allows you to live as comfortably and independently as possible in the comfort of your own home.
Page reviewed by Kerry Feltwell, Regional Clinical Lead on January 4, 2021