Arthritis can affect anyone of any age, race, or gender. It is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. Referring to joint pain or joint disease, there are more than 100 types of arthritis and related conditions that affect people’s mobility and quality of life. While there is no cure for arthritis, there are ways of managing it so that people can continue living safely, independently, and in their own homes.
Often, it is difficult for people with arthritis to even open frozen meal packaging, let alone cook for themselves. LifeCare Alliance Meals-on-Wheels delivers healthy, balanced, hot and cold prepared meals right to the door so that clients living with this debilitating condition can still maintain important nutritional health. LifeCare Alliance’s registered dietitians can work with clients to custom design their Meals-on-Wheels and daily food selections to match nutritional needs and lifestyle adaptations.
LifeCare Alliance’s nurses assist people living with arthritis daily. They offer educational resources, personal coaching, group exercise classes, and health screenings at community wellness centers located throughout the city. One of most important services they offer is foot care, including toenail trims, education about arthritis-related foot changes, and proper shoe fit. Nurses also serve as a resource for key referrals to other medical and support service available to clients.
Following an in-home assessment from our Occupational Therapist, LifeCare Alliance C.H.O.R.E.S. program can make home modifications that ease mobility issues and enhance safety around the home. This could include hand railings, entrance ramps, bathtub grab bars, walk-in showers, raised bathroom fixtures, kitchen modifications, or whatever it might take to allow clients to stay in their homes.
There are hundreds of assistive devices on the market claiming to ease arthritis pain while increasing function. But which one is the right one? LifeCare Alliance’s occupational therapist can provide an assessment of daily routines and lifestyle needs to determine what assistive devices and strategies would be best for the client. Often, LifeCare Alliance can provide these devices.