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In-Home Care for (ALS) Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

What is ALS? (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis)

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.

How Does Home Care Help with ALS?

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.

Get started today with one of our dedicated staff and see what IncrediCare services we can provide to your loved ones.

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Providing exceptional (ALS) Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Home Care for seniors and families in Northern Virginia area including Arlington, Alexandria, McLean, Reston, Burke, Ashburn, Centreville, Springfield, and Oakton.

Home Care for ALS in Fairfax, VA by IncrediCare

What Does In-Home ALS Care Include?

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.

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

Home Care for ALS in Fairfax, VA by IncrediCare
With the right type and amount of care, a person with a degenerative mobility disease may be able to live at home for the rest of their lives, unless their health deteriorates to the point where they require hospitalization.

How Do I Know if My Loved One Needs Mobility Care at Home?

Indications that your loved one needs mobility care at home can happen so gradually that you almost don’t notice unless you’re looking for the signs. Here are some red flags to look out for that indicate that your loved one is ready for in-home care:

  • Decreased mobility. Has your loved one fallen? Are they at risk of falling? Are they worried about falling?
  • Mental health. Depression, in particular, can affect people with mobility issues, such as those dealing with ALS or Parkinson’s disease.
  • Driving. If your loved one can no longer drive and needs assistance getting to appointments or running errands, mobility care at home can help.
  • Changes in appearance. Has your loved one gained or lost a noticeable amount of weight? Do they smell like they aren’t bathing frequently enough? Is their hair uncombed?
  • Medication. Do you worry about whether your loved one is taking all their medications on time?

What to Look for in a Home Care Agency That Provides Mobility Care at Home

How can you be sure you find the right mobility care at home? Get answers to as many of these questions as you can:

  • Is the agency licensed by the state?
  • What type of employee screening does the agency do?
  • Does the agency have references you can call?
  • How does the agency train and monitor caregivers?
  • Does the agency provide continuing education?
  • What are the costs for services, and what is included?
  • How do they handle billing and expenses?
  • How are problems addressed and resolved?
  • What procedures do they have in place for emergencies?
  • Will the agency work directly with you or your loved one, health care providers, and family members?

We have the capabilities to meet almost any in-home care service request. Click here to learn more about our services.

IncrediCare is a leader in in-home senior health care, serving the Northern Virginia area including Arlington, Alexandria, McLean, Reston, Burke, Ashburn, Centreville, Springfield, and Oakton. Our value to our clients lies in our providing a variety of home health care services and oversight that changes and adjusts as our clients’ needs change.

IncrediCare brings over 25 years of providing care management and nursing expertise combined with a proven track record helping 500 individuals and families.

We step in successfully to virtually any care management situation, providing rapid response back-up care and the peace of mind that you and your family are well cared for in comfortable and familiar surroundings. We focus on the goal of keeping our patients out of nursing homes by offering the whole package of excellent care management, skilled nursing, personal care, companion care, and long-term care insurance. Our team of professionally licensed nurses and certified nursing assistants (CNAs) know their clients and care for them based on their unique situations and specific needs.

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