If you have a grandparent or an older parent in the house, you probably would have seen them complain about pain or stiffness in the knees, hips, hands or spine. You may have even heard some of them say that the pain is because of arthritis. What exactly is it?
Osteoarthritis, or arthritis as it is most commonly known, affects the elderly population more than any other disease that affects people as they age. The disease is chronic, and is caused by bones rubbing together, resulting in stiffness, pain, and impaired movement. In fact, it is the second most common rheumatologic problem and the most frequent joint disease with a prevalence of 22% to 39% in India, more common in women than men.
While it may seem like it shouldn’t be too difficult to live with some level of pain as you age, arthritis can actually be quite enfeebling. Ask people who live with it and they will tell you how the constant pain impairs their daily life. From mobility issues to executing daily, common tasks, everything can become a burden.
Having said that, it is also important to note that now managing arthritis is relatively easier than it was a couple of years ago. Aside from self-management techniques that include some form of exercise and medication, there are also medical aids that can help someone with arthritis manage day-to-day things.
If you or a senior member in your family has arthritis, there are a bunch of assistive devices that can be used to make daily tasks easier on the joints. The right kind of medical equipment should be able to help keep your joints in the optimal position to function for simple things like bending.
For instance, if arthritis affects your hands and fingers, there are devices that can help you with the zipper or buttons on your clothes. This will ensure that you do not have to bend or twist your fingers to get the job done.
If you work in the kitchen often but are having trouble performing basic tasks like opening a can because of your arthritis, there are assistive devices to help you with that as well. You can always use electric can openers or operate food processors that don’t require you to use a knob. Always go for long-handle ladles and spoons so that gripping them isn’t too stressful or painful for you. Invest in appliances and storage containers that have a good and an easy grip.
Having the right equipment to manage arthritis becomes even more important in the bathroom where you face the risk of injuring yourself. Ensure that your bathroom has handrails that provide stability and security, especially when you are getting out of the bathtub or shower. There are also faucets that don’t require you to twist them. If you have a problem in your hips, your bathroom should have an elevated toilet seat for you to be able to sit comfortably, without bending too much.
And finally, to use smartphones and other tech devices with ease, consider buying ones that come with a stylus, or have voice-activated features that can make the process of using a device as hands-free as possible. Even when purchasing phone covers, get those that are easier to hold and have an anti-slip grip.
At Antara, we understand how important it is for seniors to age independently, in good health. Which is why our range of MedCare products ensure that your loved ones are able to manage their lives with the best possible aids.
Antara MedCare Products offers a comprehensive range of medical products and equipment, readily available on rent and for sale. Right from bathroom accessories such as commode chairs and anti slip tape, to self-driven wheelchairs, stick walkers, elbow crutches, knee brace, arm sling, finger splint, and much more, we help bridge the gap to provide the highest level of care. With Antara MedCare, you can rest assured knowing that you have reliable and high-quality products that will enhance the well-being of your loved ones.
To get more information about our MedCare product portfolio, get in touch with us at (+91) 98114-41111.