Amyothrophic Lateral Sclerosis
Get to know the basics of ALS
ALS is what we call a “progressive” condition that affects the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. These nerve cells, called motor neurons, control movement in your muscles. As your motor neurons become damaged, your muscles start to wither and deteriorate. This leads to many symptoms that worsen over time, including:
Weakness in the arms and legs
Stumbling or difficulty walking
Difficulty speaking, or slurred speech
Problems with chewing or eating
Muscle twitches and cramps
ALS symptoms can differ from person to person, but as the disease progresses, people experience:
Other problems that can be life-threatening
As a caregiver, you may help the patient with:
Completing daily living tasks
Taking them to appointments
Keeping them company
Assisting them in making decisions that impact their care
You may also be the support they go to on bad days, and good days.
The doctor may prescribe your loved one a combination of medications to help slow the progression of muscle deterioration and to manage physical symptoms.
You can support this plan by going to your loved one’s appointments, asking questions and taking notes. You may also go over the list of medications to ensure your loved one is taking the correct dosage at the right time.
With ALS, it’s important for your loved one to keep moving, even if that means they need assistance. Caregivers help those with ALS maintain strength and flexibility. Even after the muscles no longer function, ongoing physical therapy is important.
If you’d like to assist with these exercises, be sure to talk to the physical therapist about your role.
It’s also important to understand the proper way to support them while they exercise to prevent injury or harm.
Evaluate the ways patients move in their own environments. As their movement becomes more limited, helping them be as independent as possible may include:
Finding different ways of doing things
Suggesting technology that may help improve quality of life
You can help this process by making note of any challenges they may face while performing daily activities.
Caregiving services include:
Activities such as help with bathing and getting dressed
Making sure your loved one is taking their medicines correctly
Watching for signs of pain, skin breakdown or breathing problems that may need attention
Providing Specialized Care for Seniors with ALS
Our team of caregivers is trained in providing care for ALS, a “progressive” condition that impacts nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. These impacted cells are called motor neurons and are responsible for controlling movement in the body’s muscles. When motor neurons get damaged, muscles in the body also start to deteriorate, eventually leading to:
Twitching and cramping
Challenges with eating and chewing
Difficulties with verbal communication
Problems walking properly
Seniors with ALS may also find it hard to breathe, experience muscle paralysis, and encounter additional life-threatening problems. For these reasons and more, it is critical to provide proper support to seniors living with ALS.
Quality Caregivers Focused on ALS: Here at Rose’s Agency, we understand the unique challenges and needs that seniors with ALS face on a regular basis. To support their well-being, our team of caregivers works hard to provide compassionate care that helps seniors maintain their independence, dignity, and quality of life from the comfort of their own homes. With the help of our highly trained caregivers, friends and family can rest assured knowing their loved one is receiving quality care tailored to meet their specific needs.
Personalized Care Plans: We recognize that every person with ALS has unique needs and preferences. For these reasons, our skilled caregivers work closely with seniors and their families to create personalized care plans that address unique needs, including assistance with daily activities, mobility support, medication management, and more.
Assistance with Daily Living Activities: Our compassionate caregivers provide total support with daily activities such as bathing, dressing, grooming, toileting, and meal preparation. We strive to create a safe and comfortable environment for our clients that enables them to maintain their independence and dignity as much as possible.
Mobility and Transfer Assistance: Our caregivers are trained in proper transfer techniques and assistive devices to help individuals with ALS maintain mobility and reduce the risk of falls. We provide physical assistance, as needed, to help with transferring between beds, chairs, wheelchairs, or other mobility aids.
Medication Management: Doctors may prescribe medications to slow muscle damage and help manage physical symptoms that come with ALS. To ensure high well-being, seniors need to consistently take the right dosage of their medicines at the right time. Our caregivers are experienced in medication management, and trained at ensuring that individuals with ALS adhere to their prescribed medication schedules. They can help with medication reminders, support seniors with self-administration, and maintain medication records to track dosage and timing.
Nutrition and Meal Support: Maintaining proper nutrition is crucial for individuals with ALS. Our caregivers can assist with meal planning, grocery shopping, and meal preparation according to specific dietary needs. We aim to provide nutritious and delicious meals that meet the unique requirements of each individual, promoting overall health and well-being.
Companionship and Emotional Support: We understand the emotional impact of ALS on individuals and their families. Our caregivers provide companionship and emotional support, engaging in meaningful conversations, participating in activities, and offering a friendly presence. We strive to foster a positive and uplifting environment, promoting social interaction and mental well-being.
Transportation and Accompaniment: Our caregivers can provide transportation services, accompanying individuals with ALS to medical appointments, therapy sessions, social engagements, or other outings. We ensure that our clients have safe and reliable transportation, reducing logistical challenges and allowing them to maintain an active lifestyle.
Why Choose Rose’s Agency?
Here at Rose’s, we have a team of caregivers who are trained, experienced, and take a compassionate approach to providing care for seniors with ALS. We understand that each person with ALS has unique needs and preferences, and our care plans are tailored to address those specific requirements and promote comfort, independence, and overall well-being.
Our team also understands the importance of consistency in care. We aim to provide the same caregivers for our clients, ensuring a familiar face and building a strong rapport over time. Each of our caregivers also maintains open lines of communication with clients, their families, and the healthcare professionals involved in their care. We believe in collaborative care and work closely with all stakeholders to provide the best possible support and assistance.