Providing exceptional home care services in Silver Spring, Maryland and surrounding areas.

ALS and Parkinson’s Care at Home

We have a variety of compassionate and experienced nurses and caregivers that are dedicated to helping you or your loved one thrive at home. Our team includes; Care Managers, Registered Nurses (RN)Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN), Caregivers, Homemakers, (Companion Care and Personal Care), Certified Nurse assistants (CNA), Certified Medication Technicians (CMT), and Home Health Aides (HHA). We offer visiting nurses and private duty nursing for patients who require skilled nursing care or prefer personalized care from their very own private nurse. It can be challenging to manage illness, injury, or chronic disease at home. The personal attention of a home health nurse can make a big difference. 

Care at Home offers both short and long visits, frequent or infrequent visits, and short-term or long-term care. Our areas of focus include; Skilled Nursing Care (as directed by your physician), Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care at Home, ALS and Parkinson’s Home Care, 24-hour and Live-in Home Care, and Veteran’s Care. We offer Care Management services and will assist in Senior Moving or Downsizing. You’ll love our flexibility and affordability.  Choosing the right home care agency is key to optimum health outcomes. With Care at Home, what matters the most is your well-being and achieving your optimal health.

Do you or a loved one have ALS or Parkinson’s disease and need some extra help taking care of your daily needs? ALS and Parkinson’s care at home can be an excellent solution to help you stay in your home despite having mobility issues.

What is Parkinson’s and ALS care at home? How long can a person with mobility issues live at home? How can I find the right home care company for myself or my loved one?

We have the answers you need to help you or your loved age in place despite any mobility issues you may have.

How Do You Help Someone With Mobility Problems?

There are many things you or a caregiver can do to help a loved one with mobility problems, from modifying the home to assisting with safe transfers between a bed, wheelchair, and toilet or commode to helping them get the exercise that is appropriate for their condition. Some specific ways to help someone with mobility problems include:

  • Provide and help the person use mobility aids such as a walker, cane, or wheelchair
  • Install grab bars in bathrooms
  • Pin down or remove rugs
  • Assist with activities of daily living such as toileting, eating, and bathing
  • Install banisters next to all steps or stairs
  • Move the bar in the closet down so clothes are easier to reach
  • Assist with meal planning, grocery shopping, and meal preparation
  • Widen doorways for a wheelchair to pass through
  • Rearrange furniture to provide a safer, more direct path
  • Remove clutter to prevent trips and falls
  • Provide transportation to appointments, errands, and social visits
  • Assist with mobility and transfers
  • Help with an exercise regimen
  • Provide emotional care

Although emotional care is the last item on the list, it’s far from the least important, especially since people with mobility issues may be less likely to go out and socialize, resulting in feelings of loneliness and social isolation. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says [1]:

-“Loneliness and social isolation in older adults are serious public health risks affecting a significant number of people in the United States and putting them at risk for dementia and other serious medical conditions.”

What Is ALS and Parkinson’s Care at Home?

ALS and Parkinson’s care at home involves assisting people with personal care activities that have become too difficult to do independently as a result of mobility issues caused by their disease.

What Types of Services Are Included With Mobility Care at Home?

Examples of Parkinson’s and ALS care at home include:

  • Fall prevention
  • Ambulation assistance
  • Transportation
  • Meal planning and preparation
  • Grocery shopping and picking up prescriptions
  • Bathing, grooming, and personal hygiene

Providing exceptional ALS and Parkinson’s Home Care for seniors and families in Silver Spring, Bethesda, Potomac, Chevy Chase, Rockville, Olney, Laurel, Columbia, & Ellicott City and near by cities.

ALS and Parkinson’s Home Care in Silver Spring, Maryland

What Other Conditions May Benefit from Mobility Care at Home?

Beyond those who have ALS or Parkinson’s disease, others who may benefit from neurological care at home include people with:

  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Stroke
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Epilepsy
  • Other neurological disorders

How Long Can a Person With a Degenerative Mobility Disease Live at Home?

A person with ALS, Parkinson’s, or another degenerative mobility disease may be able to live at home for the rest of their lives with the right kind and amount of assistance.

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What Is ALS?

ALS and Parkinson’s Home Care in Silver Spring, Maryland

ALS is short for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and it is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord [2]. Over time, a person’s brain loses connection with their muscles. As the disease advances and voluntary muscle action is progressively affected, people may lose the ability to move, eat, speak, and breathe.

While research into what causes ALS is continuing, there is not yet a treatment or cure to stop the progression of ALS.

What Is Parkinson’s Disease?

According to the Mayo Clinic [3]:

“Parkinson's disease is a progressive nervous system disorder that affects movement. Symptoms start gradually, sometimes starting with a barely noticeable tremor in just one hand. Tremors are common, but the disorder also commonly causes stiffness or slowing of movement…Although Parkinson's disease can't be cured, medications might significantly improve your symptoms.”

Symptoms of Parkinson’s may include:

  • Tremor
  • Rigid muscles
  • Speech changes
  • Slowed movement (bradykinesia)
  • Impaired balance and posture
  • Writing changes
  • Loss of automatic movements

Learn how Care at Home will make a difference in the life of a senior you love. Read more about what we value and our mission.  This drives the process we use to provide the best service possible.

Does My Loved One Need Mobility Care at Home?

Your loved one may resist in-home care, so it’s important for you to know what to look for and when to seek out Parkinson’s or ALS care at home. Here are some signs that your loved one may benefit from mobility care at home:

  • Decreased mobility, leading to them spending significant amounts of time in one spot and perhaps resulting in incontinence
  • A decline in grooming and hygiene such as looking unkempt or smelling unbathed
  • Decreased interest and increased forgetfulness that could indicate depression, cognitive issues, or dementia
  • Physical changes, such as unexpected weight loss or strange bruises

A person with ALS, Parkinson’s, or another degenerative mobility disease may be able to live at home for the rest of their lives with the right kind and amount of assistance.

What to Look for When Hiring a Home Care Agency for Mobility Care at Home

Finding a home care agency for ALS and Parkinson’s care at home may seem like a daunting task, but we’ve provided you with some questions to ask as you interview potential home care agencies [4]:

  • Is your agency licensed by the state?
  • Are your caregivers insured, licensed, and accredited?
  • What type of employee screening do you do?
  • How do you train and monitor your caregivers? Do you provide continuing education?
  • Do you have references from hospital discharge planners, doctors, or other professionals who have experience working with you?
  • Do you provide resources for financial assistance?
  • How do you handle billing and expenses?
  • Will we receive a patient’s bill of rights?
  • When will services be provided?
  • Will we receive a written care plan before services begin?
  • What is your plan in case of emergencies?
  • How do you handle complaints, questions, or requests?
  • When can services begin?

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References

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Loneliness and Social Isolation Linked to Serious Health Conditions, https://www.cdc.gov/aging/publications/features/lonely-older-adults.html
  2. ALS Association, What Is ALS? https://www.als.org/understanding-als/what-is-als
  3. Mayo Clinic, Parkinson’s Disease, https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/parkinsons-disease/symptoms-causes/syc-20376055
  4. Mayo Clinic, Healthy Aging, https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/healthy-aging/in-depth/home-care-services/art-20044609
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