Your Mom’s Rheumatoid Arthritis Puts Her at a Higher Risk of COPD

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Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)is a chronic disorder that involves inflammation of the joints. Symptoms are sore, swollen, and stiff joints. It typically starts in small joints like the fingers and toes and expands to the ankle, wrist, knees, hips, and elbows. As it progressive, it has the power to damage bones and joints.

Home Care Bellville OH - Your Mom's Rheumatoid Arthritis Puts Her at a Higher Risk of COPD

Home Care Bellville OH – Your Mom’s Rheumatoid Arthritis Puts Her at a Higher Risk of COPD

As RA is an autoimmune disease where the body attacks itself, there’s no cure. Medications ease some of the discomfort. Exercises also help. In some cases, surgery is necessary.

If your mom is diagnosed with RA, it’s important for her to keep up with appointments and care plan. A study released in the Arthritis Care & Research journal reveals that those with RA could have as much as a 47 percent higher risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

What is COPD?

COPD is a group of diseases that affect the lungs. It includes a form of asthma, chronic bronchitis, and emphysema. Symptoms range from breathlessness that worsens over time to tightness in the chest. The COPD Foundation believes that 30 million people have the disease, and 15 million may not know they do.

Your Mom Has COPD, What Now?

Often exposure to chemicals, dust, and pollution irritate the lungs of people with COPD. If oxygen intake is low, oxygen therapy will help. Inhalers are often used to help control the swelling of the airways to and in the lungs. Breathing exercises may help increase oxygen levels and expel carbon dioxide.

Generally, it’s important to avoid situations that exacerbate the situation. Keep germs away by washing hands and using hand sanitizer when a sink isn’t available. Don’t let your mom share someone’s cup or pen. Getting plenty of rest helps. Also, drinking water regularly will help. Keeping dust to a minimum and letting fresh air into the home is beneficial. Being around smokers is something your mom must avoid.

With rheumatoid arthritis, your mom may need help around the house. She may need rides to her appointments. If it has progressed to COPD, assistance with dusting, light housework, and laundry will help her avoid overexertion. Let a home care provder handle the cleaning solutions that irritate your mom’s lungs. While the house is cleaned, your mom can relax outside in the fresh air.

Home care providers  help with all of that. Transportation, housework, laundry, and companionship are all possible. Learn more about the benefits of home care providers by calling today.


If you are considering Home Care Services in Bellville OH, call the caring staff at Central Star Home Health at (419) 610-2161.  Providing services for families in Mansfield, Lexington, Bellville, Mt. Gilead, Loudonville, Crestline, Galion, Shelby, Ashland, Wooster, and the surrounding areas.
About the author: Tracy Clark
Tracy began working for Star Multi Care as the Administrator of the Mansfield, Ohio office in March, 2012. In January, 2014 she was relocated to Florida to assume the role as Branch Administrator of the Pembroke Pines and subsequently the Home Health Liaison until coming back to Ohio in June, 2015. Prior to working at Star Multi Care, Tracy attended Marion Technical School for Business Administration and served as a United States Army Medic during Desert Shield. However, her true life’s work was awakened while spending 12 years in the long term care and assisted living arena. She quickly learned that assisting older adults was a passion that could not be denied. Tracy takes pride in being able to meet with each of her clients upon admission. Getting to know each of them enables her to personalize the care they receive and to direct her staff to ensure they receive the highest quality of care. In addition to her role as Home Health Liaison, Tracy has always been active in her community. She has served on the Salvation Army Advisory Board as Secretary, is a Certified Salvation Army National Disaster Responder, one of 1500 Specialists in 50 states to complete Mather LifeWays “PREPARE” training which trains professionals to address the medical and psychosocial needs of elderly residents affected by emergency situations, a member of the Advisory Committee for the Clinical Care Specialist Program at Madison Adult Career Center and is a member of various professional organizations throughout southeast Florida.