Care for colitis and Crohn’s disease
Living with a complex condition can be challenging, bringing new challenges to everyday life. These challenges can make it difficult to continue living safely and comfortably at home and can prompt the need to move into a care home.
We provide residential care in Chadwell Health, Romford to support you or your loved one as they manage a complex condition like colitis or Crohn’s disease. Read on to learn how support from our friendly staff in our cosy home away from home can help.
What is colitis?
Colitis is a long term and progressive inflammatory condition that affects the colon and rectum. Symptoms typically occur in bouts, prompting the need to be effectively managed. A person diagnosed with colitis may experience ulcers on the lining of the colon which can bleed and produce pus. Other symptoms can include:
- diarrhoea which often contains blood, mucus or pus
- stomach pain
- frequent bowel movements
- extreme fatigue
- loss of appetite
- weight loss.
Severity of the symptoms may vary from person to person, depending on how inflamed the rectum and colon are. For the majority of people, colitis has a significant impact on a person’s quality of life and how they function on a day-to-day basis.
What is Crohn’s disease?
Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory disease impacting the digestive system. While it usually develops during childhood or early adulthood, it can affect people of all ages. Like colitis, symptoms may come in bouts or they may be continual. If they occur in bouts, a flare up can usually occur every few weeks or months. Signs and symptoms that are associated with Crohn’s disease include:
- stomach aches and cramps
- blood in your stools
- extreme fatigue
- weight loss.
Living with a specialist condition
Living with a specialist condition isn’t easy. The flare-ups associated with colitis and Crohn’s disease can be disruptive to everyday life. Managing symptoms, while also navigating the challenges that naturally come with age, may prompt the need for extra assistance with daily living and personal care. For example, you may require help with toileting, taking medication or preparing nutritious meals to cope with potential weight loss.
Supporting your complex needs
Our specialist care staff are here to support you and your unique needs by providing 24/7 care and minimising the impact a complex condition can have on your life as much as possible. In addition to looking after your physical health, our staff also promote emotional wellbeing by encouraging social interaction, providing company and ensuring loneliness is kept at bay. Our on-site chefs provide 3 nutritious meals a day and we take care of all the cleaning, washing and much more. Living in a supportive environment can also bring peace of mind to your family, knowing that their loved one is in good hands and receiving the support they need to live well.
Get in touch
Are you or a loved one living with a complex condition like colitis or Crohn’s disease? We are here to support you. Please do not hesitate to get in touch or call us on either 0800 999 8499 or 0208 597 4175 with any of your questions or concerns. Our knowledgeable staff would be happy to provide more information and discuss your needs with you.