Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. The cause of MS is still unknown – scientists believe the disease is triggered by as-yet-unidentified environmental factors in a person who is genetically predisposed to respond.
MS symptoms are variable and unpredictable. No two people have exactly the same symptoms, and each person’s symptoms can change or fluctuate over time. One person might experience only one or two of the possible symptoms while another person experiences many more. Please refer to the National Multiple Sclerosis website for a list of common and uncommon symptoms. Because fatigue is one of the most common symptoms of MS, everyday activities can become more difficult. Other symptoms include difficulty walking and making small movements, trouble with memory, weakness in arms and legs, and depression. Any or all of these can make it hard to keep-up with ordinary routines such as getting to medical appointments, running errands, visiting friends, grocery shopping, simple housekeeping tasks, personal grooming, and preparing meals. Please see a doctor if you believe you or your loved one have MS.
Effective care strategies can help modify or slow the disease course, treat relapses (also called attacks or exacerbations), manage symptoms, improve function and safety, and address emotional health. 123 Home Care has extensive experience in helping individuals and their families live with MS. Our rigorously screened, bonded and insured Qualified Caregivers who have prior experience working with MS can provide the following services:
Additionally, 123 Home Care offers free training of our Qualified Caregivers with you or your loved one’s Occupational or Physical Therapist. Once trained, our Qualified Caregivers promote mobility through physical therapy and enhance independence with ADLs through occupational therapy. Lastly, our Qualified Caregivers can attend to problems of elimination, such as catheter content management and bowel management.