Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes severe physical and emotional pain. It causes inflammation of joints and surrounding tissues, particularly the synovium, which is the thin membrane that lines joints. Rheumatoid arthritis causes disfigurement of extremities which make normal every day activities difficult; the disease eventually affects other organs of the body. Home care services assists clients with rheumatoid arthritis in several ways to live safely in their own home.
Home Health Care Services
A multi-disciplinary approach used by home care services assist the clients living with rheumatoid arthritis in their home. The home care team consists of a registered nurse, social worker, physical therapist and personal care assistant (PCA) who all work together with the goal of helping the client reach their highest physical potential. A registered nurse will conduct the initial assessment of the client and devise a plan of care for all team members to follow. The registered nurse periodically visits the client and evaluates the medical history, monitors medications and fills the client’s pill boxes. She also collects blood specimens when ordered by the doctor and collaborates with all the team members, which called an Interdisciplinary Team Meeting, on a monthly basis to make sure the client is receiving optimal care in the home.
Personal Care Services
In home care, the PCA is the team member who spends the most time with the client. She assists clients with bathing, light housekeeping, cooking and shops for groceries. She also prepares meals for the clients and reminds them when to take their medications; the PCA also regularly relays any concerns about the client to the registered nurse. Depending on agency rules, the PCA may also have the responsibility of taking the client to their medical appointments and on errands. The PCA also makes sure the client is eating nutritious meals throughout the day.
Patients with rheumatoid arthritis are able to live independently in their home with home care services. This gives them peace of mind knowing that they have a support system who cares for them and is there when they need them the most.