As a degenerating neurological disease, ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease) can cause a wide range of physical obstacles that can trigger clinical depression. For individuals caring for a loved one with ALS, it’s difficult not to become stressed and uncertain about how to help the person live life to the fullest and stay positive. It requires understanding the nuances of the disease and implementing ALS care tips from those who have walked a mile in your shoes.
When providing care for someone with ALS in the home, it is important for family caregivers to understand the struggles that the condition causes in order to provide the most effective care.
CareFor, the top provider of home care in San Marcos, San Antonio, Lakeway, and the surrounding areas, has developed the recommendations below to help ensure the best care for individuals living with ALS.
How Can I Better Care for Someone With ALS?
- Use adaptive devices. The utilization of adaptive products like wheelchairs is a move in the direction of self-sufficiency, not away from it. Adaptive tools are available for assorted daily tasks, such as eating, opening jars and doors, buttoning or zipping up clothing, writing, and taking a shower.
- Patience is a must. While it may often seem quicker and more efficient to take over certain tasks, demonstrate patience and allow the person with ALS to accomplish all of the tasks they can.
- Set up a computer and internet access. Computers, along with other assistive systems, supply entertainment and social interaction and make it possible for the person with muscle disease to help with tasks like paying bills, tracking down information, hiring services, and shopping.
- Those with muscle diseases such as ALS are competent thinkers, even if they are typically unable to communicate clearly. Talk through choices openly while making joint decisions about the person’s ALS care.
- Ask if the person wants assistance before helping. Never take over tasks that still can be performed if the person is provided with adaptive tools and time.
For individuals with Lou Gehrig’s disease, self-reliance and excellent ALS care are imperative. The home care professionals at CareFor are thoroughly trained and experienced in providing the care and support needed to ensure those with ALS live their best lives, such as:
- Transportation to medical appointments and fun outings
- Meal planning and preparation
- Assistance and support with baths, showers, and other personal hygiene needs
- Mobility and transfer support
- Light housekeeping and laundry
- Companionship to make each day the best it can be
- And more
Call us any time at (512) 338-4533 for additional ALS care tips and to learn more about our in-home care services.