What is Arthritis?

Arthritis means Inflammation around one or more joints in the body. A joint is an area where two or more bones make contact and move against each other. The two most common types are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease, is caused in part by degeneration of parts of the joint such as cartilage and increases with age. The increasing wear and breakdown on parts of the affected joint can result in reactive inflammation. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease. In this type of arthritis, inflammation in the joint lining and bones, leads to joint damage, especially to the cartilage. Other relatively common causes of arthritis include injuries, abnormal limb alignment, other autoimmune conditions and abnormal deposits in the joints, such as in gout.

What type of Arthritis care do I need?

Having a carer to support you with your daily living tasks will encourage you to feel more confident about doing certain things, sometimes a simple task can take much longer to complete when you’re trying to do it by yourself, also knowing that you have someone there can be reassuring. A carer will provide enough support that will enable you to rest in between doing things for yourself, it’s important to try and be as mobile as you can, but it’s also important not to overdo things, as this can encourage painful flare ups in the affected joints, having the extra bit of help will provide you with some degree of respite.

How can Shawcare help?

The Shaw care team are dedicated to making sure that your needs for specific care are met, this could be either helping you with your medications, applying your pain relieving creams, doing gentle exercise such as short walks, we will also help with preparing your meals for you and clearing up any mess made when doing this, sometimes it might be that you would just like someone to talk to about how your feeling, spending quality time with you when you need it.

  • Personal care on every level
  • One to one care
  • The same carer's every week
  • Every minute spent on care, not paperwork
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Lorna is PA to my husband, who is struggling with life after being diagnosed with mixed Dementia. Lorna has shown nothing but kindness and understanding of his very complex issues. Lorna gives constant support to him to enable him to live his life as normally as possible and still be able to function within the community. The job is very demanding and requires great patients, which Lorna consistently displays. My husband’s life would be very different without her, as a family, we cannot praise Lorna Shaw enough.

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Facilitating my father’s needs solely on my own volition was a daunting task. Shaw Care’s work has made an invaluable positive impact on both my father’s and my own wellbeing. Shaw’s professionalism, compassion and overall dedication have enabled my father to continue his day to day life. A key quality worth highlighting of Shaw’s practise is their trustworthiness.

Nathan Taylor-Marriott
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Lorna is the carer for my mother who suffered a stroke last year. For a few months we used a large care company who sent different carers every day with no consistence on times or personnel. Luckily we found Lorna who runs ‘her own small care business locally, she herself does most of mothers caring twice, every day, morning to get her out of bed and into the living room and all that entails, and night time back into bed and made comfortable for the night. She has developed a close relationship with my mother and goes the extra mile to ensure all her needs are met. Lorna fully supports mother and keeps her twice daily visits punctual so mother knows when she is arriving, mother likes to ‘help’ Lorna by doing what little she is able to. After mother’s major stroke in May 2019 at age 88, a personal touch, as Lorna provides is essential for my mother. The little touches gives mother the will to enjoy her life as much as is now feasible.

John Howarth 24/01/2020
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After being in hospital for weeks after suffering a stroke, which took my right side, my arm and my leg seemed useless, when I got back home and only had my eldest son to help me, who has health issues of his own, he found Lorna as a carer and she is a very kind person and has helped me such a lot, she seems to be always cheerful and so very helpful to me at all times, she has brought me on no end, if she had not been my carer, I would not have learned to stand or been able to take a few steps, she keeps me happy and I feel more positive, it’s fantastic.

Mrs Joy Osbourne
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I have used Shaw Care for over a year now, and have been very pleased with the care and service I have received. The care is for my husband and I have found that he has always been treated with respect and kindness. He always looks forward to seeing them.

Penny
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My husband is totally disabled; bed bound, doubly incontinent, cannot move unaided, cannot feed or drink himself, and has been this way for over 4 years. During these years we have had numerous problems with carers/care companies and I was at my wits end towards the later part of 2019, then a leaflet came through my letterbox, I rang the number, Lorna came to see me the next day and our lives have been changed. I am so sincerely grateful that Lorna came into our lives, it seems our paths were meant to cross and be joined, and I simply do not know what we would do without her and her care team. S; Supportive H; Honest A; Approachable W; Wonderful C; Considerate A; Attentive R; Reliable E; Efficient.

Michael and Sue Burton
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I have nothing but gratitude that Shaw Care have given my mum over the past 18 months. Mum has had help with her morning and sometimes her evening care too. I trust the completely and they are more like friends than carers. Helping mum to be as independent as possible as her mobility isn’t too good. Keeping mum happy and giving me peace of mind that my mum who is 95, is in safe hands.

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