ALS Care

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Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also called Lou Gehrig's disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that attacks nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons, among the largest of all nerve cells, reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to muscles throughout the body. 

When these motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed, unable to even breathe, eventually leading to death.

Caring for a loved one with ALS is no easy task, as this debilitating diagnosis can be devastating and life changing to both the individual and the family. Anger, denial, fear, and a sense of loss are common reactions to an ALS diagnosis. 

It’s easy for people with ALS and their families to become overwhelmed by the wide range of needs they have, from everyday errands to making meals, maintaining their home, getting children to and from school, etc. There is so much to know, a great deal to consider, and typically a host of questions, and IncrediCare is your resource for your loved one’s care needs.

Physical and emotional care can be time-consuming and exhausting. Most caregivers of people with ALS have concerns about their loved ones' illness and future health prospects. Practical concerns, such as worries about financial issues and time management, are also common. 

Not only does ALS require physically caring for someone you love, but it also means facing your own concerns about the diagnosis, speed of progression, and eventual outcome of the disease.

IncrediCare is dedicated to providing you and your family and friends with the vital information, support, and proper care that your loved one needs to live a fuller life and better meet the daily challenges of living with ALS.

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Our staff is trained to provide exceptional skin care, range of motion exercises, and nutritious meals. While clients are bedbound, staff will continue to keep our clients engaged through activities like reading, word search puzzles, music therapy, and communication.

Learning more about ALS is an essential first step in your caregiver role. This can be important for caregivers who are often caring for partners. It may be overwhelming to think of your loved one being helpless and dependent upon you. Understanding the disease and knowing what to expect can help you feel more in control.

The care providers at IncrediCare can provide your loved one with ALS with the best care including:

  • Assistance with a wide spectrum of daily activities, including healthy meal preparation, bathing, and walking
  • Scheduling and transportation to medical appointments
  • Skilled nursing and medical staffing
  • Full-service care management
  • Companionship and support
  • Communicating with physicians
  • Medication reminders and medication management 
  • Transportation for follow-up appointments and errands
  • Nutritious meal preparation in accordance with abilities and feeding

At IncrediCare, we are familiar with the physical, emotional, and financial difficulties of caring for a loved one with ALS. Our job is to help take the burden off you, as our highly specialized team of caregivers and nurses are here to help you and provide compassionate and specialized care to the patient.

For more information on how to help those who are suffering from ALS, call IncrediCare at (703) 272-8838. We will help make the process easier and ease your anxiety. For 25 years, we have been known for our responsive, 24-hour on-call service across Northern Virginia. We are now serving Arlington, Alexandria, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William counties. We can help you navigate this journey. Our care managers will be there to meet with your family at the location you specify within 60 minutes.