If your senior parent has been diagnosed with ALS and they want to age in place, it could be possible if they have the right support. Taking on the full time care of a senior with ALS can be overwhelming for family members, especially if they work or have other responsibilities. Senior home care for someone with ALS can take some of the stress off family members. Some of the things that you can do to take care of a senior family member with ALS include:
Create A First Floor Bedroom Suite
Since your senior parent has a progressive disease that will make movement difficult for them it will be best to create a first floor bedroom, preferably one with a bathroom attached, for your senior loved one. Having a bedroom with a bathroom close will make it much easier for your senior loved one to access the bathroom safely when they need to. And it will make it easier for a caregiver to help them get to the bathroom and back.
Make The House As Safe As Possible
Now is the time to go through the house and do what you can to make it safe for someone with limited movement before their ALS advances further. You may want to consult with an expert to get recommendations for things like where to put grab bars, where you might want to install hand rails, and other improvements that you can make to make the house more accessible for someone who may have limited mobility or who may eventually need a wheelchair.
There will be a lot of medical information to keep organized so you should find an organizational system that you can use to keep track of medical records, therapy records and appointments, prescriptions, symptom trackers, and any other medical information that needs to be documented. Keeping track of the symptoms that your senior loved one has and tracking their progression can be helpful to the doctor who will need to know when symptoms are getting worse in order to know when to change medications or increase dosages.
Join A Support Group
It can be very overwhelming to try and learn about ALS and the impact it’s going to have on your senior parent. Family caregivers should look into joining a support group for caregivers of seniors with ALS. Caregivers who are also dealing with the issues that you’re dealing with can provide support, information, and a community that can help you manage the stress and anxiety of caregiving. It’s important to take steps to take care of yourself during this process too. Caregiving can be difficult both physically and emotionally and you need to make sure that you’re taking care of yourself as well as your senior parent. You won’t be able to help them effectively if you’re not also taking care of yourself.
If you or an aging loved one are considering senior home care in Celina, TX, please contact the caring staff at Clear Path Home Care today. Call 817-928-5788
Clear Path Home Care provides compassionate, high quality home care in Denton County, Montague County, Cooke County, Grayson County, Fannin County, Lamar County, Wise County, Collin County, Hunt County, Delta County, and Hopkins County in Texas.
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