CARING FOR YOUR LOVED ONE WITH ALS

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Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (“ALS” or “Lou Gehrig Disease”) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.  The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death.  Currently, there is no cure for ALS.; however,  medications might be also recommended to control emotions) or reduce muscle spasms.

There are 3 stages of ALS:

Early signs of ALS
Most people with ALS will first feel muscle cramps, spasms or twitching) in one of their arms or legs. Other signs include weakness in the hands and feet or loss of balance

Middle stages of ALS
As the disease spreads, many  of the muscles weaken and start to stiffen. Range of motion exercises is often recommended to help keep muscles loose and prevent contractures and muscle pains.  .At this stage, individuals with limb-onset ALS may need a cane, walker, or wheelchair due to difficulties walking and maintaining balance.

Late stages of ALS
At this stage of the disease the muscles become paralyzed and the individual may require a wheelchair to get around. communicate through devices such as eye-tracking device or a letter board and invasive ventilation to help keep them breathe.

MediCrest Home Care Will Provide All The Help You Need Every Step of The Way

MediCrest’s experienced caregivers will provide the care and support you and your family need as the disease progresses.   Our caring team provides ongoing professional supervision, evaluations and modifications to the Plan of Care, as needed.  Our caregivers are caring professionals who will provide the right care and will be with you every step of the way.

 

 

 

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