For men and women who have osteoarthritis, one thing that is constantly on their mind is how to possibly make their life easier as it is relatively hard to be up and about when suffering from this kind of condition. Especially if complications have developed already, let us say, from the implanted hip prosthesis. It will be such a challenge to handle. Good thing, though, that these hip implants have been retracted from the market already, such as Stryker hip replacement recall.
To avoid further harm, the home environment of someone diagnosed with osteoarthritis should be free from physical hazards. Osteoarthritis is characterized by painful and stiff joints, it is understandable that they tend to move slowly and have balance problems.
What used to be done effortlessly may now be too much of a task such as taking a bath, climbing up and down the stairs, walking from the living room to the dining table, and many more. With this knowledge, it is essential to establish safety in the house, especially if you are living with someone afflicted with osteoarthritis.
Special considerations are needed to these areas in the house:
Many stay inside their room to rest when they feel weak and in pain. Try to put some railings in their bed so they have support when they get in or out of the bed. You may also provide flashlight or phone in case of emergency. Just see to it that it is within easy reach or you may give them a bell that they may also use to alert others that something wrong happened.
Most accidents occur here for the reason that it is wet and slippery. Make sure that you keep it dry. Put some rugs and non-skid mats. Also, in the tub, so that it will be easier for them to take a shower, you may place a shower bench. With this, it will not be too stressful to their joints as they can just sit in there. Furthermore, it would be better to have a special toilet seat with arm bars so as to give them some assistance.
If they are cooking, it is advised to have light cooking utensils, try to avoid those heavy pots and pans. They should be careful when standing up from the dining chair, usually the cause of injury in elders. Have kitchen appliances such as microwave, food processors, and electric can openers so it will be easier for them.
Adequate lighting in here is needed. A switch should be available at the top and bottom of the stairs. Place handrails also on both sides for added safety. You may also put non-skid strip on the edge of each step.
Their chair should be comfortable enough with armrests and firm back to provide ample support. Those soft chairs are not recommended as they will have trouble getting up from it, as well as it cannot really provide support to them. Make sure this area is free from clutter to avoid accidents such as falls.