Arthritis is one of the most common health issues among elderly adults, impacting millions throughout the country. While many people immediately think of the joint pain, swelling, tenderness, loss of range of motion, and stiffness associated with this condition, as a family caregiver it is important for you to understand that arthritis can impact your senior in other ways.
The pain of arthritis can cause a serious emotional impact that can diminish the quality of life and keep your parent from enjoying the lifestyle they deserve. Recognizing is emotional impact and helping your senior cope is vitally important for creating a hole caregiver approach.
Use these tips to help your elderly loved one cope with the emotional impact of arthritis pain:
-Acknowledge what they are experiencing. Often just saying to your parent that you know they are in pain and it is having a tremendous impact on them is enough to help them open up and be willing to work through it.
-Encourage your senior to seek out a support group designed for people who live with chronic pain. Remind them that arthritis pain is still pain, and they deserve to acknowledge and manage it. This support group will give them a place to talk about what they are going through and gain the support and encouragement they might need to help them cope with the depression, anxiety, and uncertainty pain can cause.
-Help them to make meaningful modifications to their life that will support better functioning and quality of life. Their pain might make it harder for your senior to complete certain tasks, but that doesn’t mean they can’t still enjoy life or feel independent. Help them find ways to stay active, take on more of their own tasks, and find meaning and value in each day.
Support for your aging loved one’s mental and emotional health and well-being is one of the most valuable resources of elderly care. Many senior adults struggle with mental-emotional health issues including depression, anxiety, and lack of motivation.
An elderly home care services provider can help your parent overcome these issues and live a healthier, more satisfying and enjoyable lifestyle. Companionship, activities, mental and emotional stimulation, and supporting independence all encourage your parent to enjoy it better mental and emotional health throughout their later years.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering Home Care Services in Brownsburg, IN, please call the caring staff at Home Services Unlimited. Serving Greater Indianapolis Area. Call for Immediate Info & Assistance: (317) 471-0760
As a practicing Registered Nurse, Etelka was keenly aware of a void in quality patient care that could be provided in the home. She embarked upon a journey to develop a home health care agency that would exceed all expectations and become a trusted partner to physicians and patients.
A Distinguished Career From Nurse to Director of Nursing to President of Home Services Unlimited
Etelka’s distinguished career followed a logical progression to her position as President of Home Services Unlimited. She graduated as a nurse practitioner with a Bachelor of Nursing (RN) in 1972 from Meshgorya University in the Ukraine, close to where she lived with her family. She married her husband Phil in 1973 and decided in 1977 that they would relocate to the United States to be closer to family and to come to this land of opportunity. With an eagerness to continue her budding career, Etelka sat for and passed her Boards in the U.S. in 1979.
A Love and Talent for Working with the Elderly
Etelka began her nursing career in the U.S. at Colonial Crest, now part of Golden Living, where she was the In-service Coordinator, the Director of Training and Education and Director of Nursing, a position she occupied for several years.
With a group of partners, she co-founded Adept Corporation, which operated group homes for the mentally challenged. The business was successful and in 1996, Etelka sold her share to return to her roots, caring for the elderly.
In January of 1997, Etelka opened Home Services Unlimited as a fully licensed business to provide home health care. In her quest to learn to do better for her patients, she had already obtained a Masters in Healthcare Administration (MHA) in May of 1990 from the College of St. Francis. As President of Home Services Unlimited, Inc., Etelka guides the trusted, experienced care model Home Services Unlimited uses to continue providing excellent home health care.
Giving Back to the Community of Indianapolis
Volunteering for community services is a high priority for Etelka. Her memberships include the Indiana Association of Rehabilitation Facilities, Executive Women in Health Care and the Indiana Association for Home and Hospice Care, where she is a member of the Board of Directors.
Etelka has also served on the Board of Directors with Hooverwood Home, a highly regarded geriatric facility, since 1997 and as the President for 2005-2006. Through her community work, she has received several awards and accolades, including the Nora McFarland award in 2002, from the Indiana Association of Home and Hospice Care.
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