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Miss Parker's Arthritis

Today Maria, a certified nurse assistant, is visiting one of her clients in her client’s home. Miss Parker suffers from arthritis, a medical condition that is common in elderly people.

Arthritis affects a person’s joints. Examples of joints in the body are elbows, wrists, knuckles, knees, ankles, and hips. People have a smooth tissue, or natural material, between their bones, which helps their joints move easily. When the smooth tissue wears away or becomes rough, the tissue that remains there swells up so that the joints become stiff and painful to move.

When Maria visits Miss Parker, she asks how Miss Parker is feeling. She checks to make sure that Miss Parker took her pain medication in the morning. The medication will help Miss Parker feel better all day. Miss Parker wants to remain as independent as possible. She wants to prepare her own lunch but has trouble with opening jars of food. Maria offers to open jars for Miss Parker, and Miss Parker accepts. Maria helps Miss Parker prepare the lunch, but she allows Miss Parker to do as much as possible on her own.

After lunch, Maria helps Miss Parker walk from the kitchen to the living room. Maria takes her by the arm, careful not to put pressure on her elbow or wrist. Miss Parker wants to write a letter to a friend. When she begins writing, she has trouble curling her fingers around the pen. Maria offers to write the letter for her. Miss Parker dictates the letter and Maria writes it. Later, Maria helps Miss Parker take a warm bath to help her joints feel better.

Maria is happy to help Miss Parker with her daily tasks so that Miss Parker can remain living in her home as long as possible.

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Project made financially possible through grants from:

Southwest Initiative Foundation, Marshall Community Foundation, Southwest Regional Transition Partners, Southwest Adult Basic Education, Marshall Healthcare Partners