Arthritis is not something only seniors deal with. Juvenile arthritis affects more than 300,000 children in the United States and can cause a series of discomforts affecting the eyes, skin, muscles, joints, the musculoskeletal system and even the gastrointestinal tract. Juvenile arthritis is known as a pediatric rheumatic disease that describes various types of autoimmune and inflammatory conditions that can affect children under 16 years of age.
The cause of juvenile arthritis is still undetermined, but thought to be related to a genetic predisposition that is triggered by other factors. Once a diagnosis is received, treatment can begin. “The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases notes that JA often targets the knees and feet, creating a telltale limp in junior’s walk.”  Although there is no known cure, recognizing these early signs like limping and getting immediate treatment can result in remission. Most treatment plans involve physical activity, healthy eating, medication and eye care.
Seniors can develop arthritis from general wear and tear of cartilage, autoimmune diseases, broken bones, or bacterial or viral infections. As with juvenile arthritis, there is no cure for arthritis in seniors. However, treatment can aim to reduce pain. Medication, surgery and making lifestyle changes are all ways to reduce pain and discomfort.
How Home Care Can Help
In cases were early detection was overlooked and arthritis has continued to progress, it can become extremely difficult to complete daily tasks. A CarePlus caregiver can provide assistance with daily activities, therapy and a variety of other daily tasks. This gives family members a sense of relief knowing someone is there to help their loved one.
Customized Care Plans
CarePlus creates a unique care plan that is customized to the specific needs of the individual suffering with arthritis. Depending on the treatment described by their doctors and daily activities that need to be completed, a CarePlus caregiver can assist the individual throughout the process. Below are some common care plans for individuals suffering with arthritis:
- Assisting with daily physical and occupational therapy exercises
- Transportation to therapy appointments and support groups
- Preparing meals and assisting with feeding
- Transferring from bed to wheelchair as needed
- Help with restroom use, bathing, dressing and grooming
- Medication and personal safety reminders
- Light housekeeping, running errands and scheduling events
- Offering friendly conversation and emotional support
- Encouraging and planning social activities and exercises
Information & Resources
To request a free in-home assessment, contact CarePlus Home Health at 301-740-8870.
For more information about the Arthritis Foundation please access their website at http://www.arthritis.org/ or call: 404.872.7100.
 6 Facts on Juvenile Arthritis for Awareness Month, “Active Beat.” http://www.activebeat.com/your-health/children/6-facts-on-juvenile-arthritis-for-awareness-month/