Neuromuscular disorders are a common and often severe condition needing various therapies to help minimize the effects of the condition.
It includes conditions such as:
- Peripheral neuropathy – The most common cause of this is diabetes.
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease
- Muscular dystrophy – This comes in many forms and can become a special needs condition even at an early age.
- Congenital myasthenic syndromes – a defect in the transmission of signals from nerve cells to muscles.
- Myasthenia gravis – The most common neuromuscular disorder
- Parkinson’s disease – perhaps the best known of these conditions
- Multiple sclerosis – this affects vision as well as create slurred speech and even bladder problems.
There are many more, but they all need the expertise in management that Lucky Dove Home Care can provide.
The management of neuromuscular conditions ranges from medication to physiotherapy. Additionally, there may be a need for additional services we provide such as homemaking care and companion care. This is in keeping with Lucky Dove Home Care’s philosophy of holistic care and caring about, not just for. Companion care cannot be done properly without understanding the condition of the person being cared for.
The idea of the neuromuscular care we provide is to help alleviate the symptoms associated with the various conditions where possible and to make life as liveable as it can be where treatment is insufficient. Every person including the elderly and those with physical impairments has the right to dignity and a right to care in place. Those with neuromuscular disorders no less so.
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again It again – it is not enough to care for, you also have to care about. The extent of disability with these conditions varies from person to person from minor to extreme. Some will face severely shortened lifespans as a result of these conditions, and we would like to make what remains as positive as possible.
Every condition varies. Neuromuscular conditions, cardiac disease, amputations all vary, but in caring one thing should remain constant. The carer needs to see past the illness and see the person. The complexities of neuromuscular conditions and the associated care are far from easy, and the psychological effects can be just as debilitating. Carers need to know about more than just the condition but understand how it affects the sufferer.
This is how Lucky Dove Home Care sees it.