Often, family caregivers are tasked with helping their loved ones cope with chronic illness. And, with an estimated 7 million Americans living with the pain and limitations of arthritis every day, pain management is one of the many aspects that must be managed. As family caregivers, helping loved ones cope with chronic illness can be an overwhelming task. The helpful information in this video segment helps explore tips for family caregivers to assist their loved ones in managing arthritis.
A caregiver can offer support for their senior loved one by:
- Talking with parents about their wishes or needs
- Assess independence levels and areas of concern
- Speak with health care professionals on behalf of parent, as needed
- Help manage medications.
Explore chronic pain management programs.
You can help your senior by learning more about available resources through programs such as the Arthritis Foundation. Also, you may help your senior track information through a pain management log so that treatment successes can be assessed by your loved one and their health care provider.
Learn more about psychotherapy treatments.
Alternative treatments and natural therapies, such as hypnosis and biofeedback, may help ease pain.
Join a support group.
A support group for arthritis sufferers and their caregivers provides ongoing support for senior loved ones, as well as support and resources for the family caregivers. In Houston, the Memorial Hermann Wellness Center offers an array of arthritis-oriented classes and support programs.
And, most importantly, it’s important for family caregivers to receive the rest and support needed in order to continue providing vital care to loved ones. Sometimes, shared help with care or a scheduled respite are necessary in order to recharge and rejuvenate.
We hope this video will offer additional information for family caregivers and their senior loved ones.
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