Around 5 in every 100,000 people receive an ALS (Lou Gehrig Disease) diagnosis every year. This number may not seem that big. However, with this being a disease that weakens muscles, so that the patient ends up not having voluntary movements and can’t breathe on their own, it is too terrible. As a family caregiver, this may be a disease that you want to learn more about, especially if it is one that your elderly loved one was diagnosed with. You may also want to know how ALS home care services can help.
Loss of Independence
One of the things that home care providers can help with is your elderly loved one’s loss of independence. There are some symptoms that will be present at the start of this disease such as muscle weakness and minimal balance and breathing issues. Over time, the disease will progress, causing your elderly loved one to lose more and more of their independence. When this happens, your elderly loved one is going to need help, eventually around-the-clock. This is where ALS home care services can be beneficial.
Activities of Daily Living
The ALS home care providers can also assist your elderly loved one with activities of daily living such as:
- Brushing their teeth
- Brushing their hair
- Getting dressed
- Doing things around the house
The list of activities that these providers can help your elderly loved one with could go on and on. The point is that they can truly be a companion and great support for your elderly loved one during this tough time.
Help with Mobility and Transfers
When it comes to ALS, it is important to know that your elderly loved one is going to need someone who can help with their mobility and transfers. For example, your elderly loved one isn’t going to be able to move out of their bed or furniture on their own. They are also going to need assistance eating and leaving the house to go to appointments. The ALS home care providers can help with all of this and so much more.
Eating and Drinking
Unfortunately, this disease is going to affect your elderly loved one’s ability to eat and drink on their own. The muscles in their throat aren’t going to stay strong enough to eat foods that aren’t pureed or cut up so small. Even some drinks may become an issue. As the disease progresses, the home care providers can keep up with the doctor’s orders to ensure your elderly loved one is safe while eating and drinking. They can also report any issues to your elderly loved one’s doctors.
These are some of the things that you may want to know about ALS home care services. If you have specific questions about how these home care providers can assist your elderly loved one with this disease and its symptoms, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our trained, experienced team today.
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