The medical term for Lou Gehrig’s Disease is Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), a neurodegenerative disease that destroys nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. When muscles do not receive enough nourishment, they start to waste away and the affected region hardens. As the muscles “atrophy” (waste away), the individual loses control over voluntary muscle movement. As ALS progresses and spreads throughout other parts of the body, the person eventually loses his ability to speak, breathe or swallow.
ALS caregivers are here to help with the patient’s unique medical needs in various ways. Experienced certified nurse aides and companions are familiar with ALS symptoms, such as the Pseudobulbar Affect (PBA), blood clots, jaw clenching, frozen shoulder, cognitive changes, and sleep deprivation. Family members as well as their loved ones with ALS need emotional support. When a caregiver is present to explain their loved one’s physical and emotional needs, this enables families to bond and takes away the fear of the unknown.
Call A-1 Home Care today (310) 657-8780 or visit our website www.brentwoodinhomecare.com for more information. Our compassionate and skilled caregivers are here to meet your every need! We proudly serve the cities of Brentwood, Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades, Hollywood, Bel Air, Malibu, and surrounding areas.