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Caring for an Older Loved One Who Has Lou Gehrig’s Disease

How to Provide Care for a Senior with Lou Gehrig's Disease in Prestige Home Care

Caring for an Older Loved One Who Has Lou Gehrig’s Disease

Caring for a senior loved one with Lou Gehrig’s disease requires a great deal of patience and understanding. As the disease progresses, your loved one may experience changes in appetite, movement, and communication abilities. In some cases, Lou Gehrig’s disease can lead to a variety of other health conditions. 

Seniors can face a variety of challenges as they age, many of which can be mitigated with the help of professional in-home caregivers who provide high-quality elder care. Trust Prestige Home Care to help your elderly loved one age in place safely and comfortably.

Here are some tips to remember when caring for a senior with Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Change the Communication Strategy 

 

As the disease progresses, your loved one’s speech will be affected, and you may need to change the way you communicate with him or her. For example, you can use an alphabet board to spell out words or a computer, laptop, or tablet to write them down. When communicating with your loved one, speak slowly and repeat your words when necessary. There are several communication devices your loved one can use when it becomes difficult to talk. 

Assist with Eating & Swallowing

Lou Gehrig’s disease causes muscle weakness and affects physical functions such as eating and swallowing. You should tuck your loved one’s chin when he or she is trying to swallow, and remind him or her to chew properly. Allow yourself more time to prepare meals, and avoid cooking foods that are difficult to swallow. Keep in mind your loved one has a risk of aspirating foods into his or her lungs, which could lead to pneumonia and other diseases. Speak with your loved one’s doctor and buy a feeding tube if necessary. 

Promote Exercise

Encourage your loved one to exercise daily and stay physically active. Exercising during the earlier stages of Lou Gehrig’s disease can give your loved one a physiological and psychological boost. Water-based activities are ideal for seniors with this disease. Make sure your loved one avoids heavy weights, extreme temperatures, or exercising when he or she is experiencing pain. Always consult with your loved one’s doctor to determine the safest forms of exercises and physical activities. 

Caring for a loved one with Lou Gehrig’s disease or other disorders can be overwhelming for family caregivers at times. Families who find it difficult to care for their aging loved ones without assistance can benefit greatly from professional respite care. Altamonte Springs, Florida, family caregivers who need a break from their caregiving duties can turn to Prestige Home Care. Our Method, our respite caregivers can encourage your loved one to eat well, exercise regularly, get plenty of mental and social stimulation, and focus on other lifestyle factors that promote longevity.

Be Patient 

Being patient with a loved one can be difficult at times, but you should try not to become upset in front of him or her. When you feel irritated, step away and take a moment for yourself. Keep in mind your loved one has no control over the disease, and he or she needs you to be understanding. Ask family members and friends for help, take a break from time to time, and consider hiring a professional caregiver. 

One of the most challenging tasks of helping an elderly relative age in place safely and comfortably is researching agencies that provide home care service. Orlando families can turn to Prestige Home Care for reliable, high-quality in-home care for aging adults. We offer 24-hour live-in care for seniors who require extensive assistance, and we also offer respite care for family caregivers who need a break from their caregiving duties. To learn more about our highly trained caregivers, call us at [phc_phone].

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Kimberly Miller, RN, is a proud Florida native with an unwavering commitment to elder care that spans an impressive 25 years. Her extensive journey through central Florida’s hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and hospice companies has not only honed her understanding of disease processes but has also cultivated a profound expertise in navigating the intricate landscape of elder care. Kimberly’s dedication to delivering the highest quality of care to patients and their families is evident in every facet of her career.Armed with certifications as an assisted living administrator, Kimberly’s primary focus on customer service and her drive to address the holistic needs of individuals—mind, body, and soul—have led her to a resounding conclusion: home care is the future of personalized, high-quality care. Her conviction is rooted in the understanding that a combination of healthy nutrition, physical and mental exercise, and social engagement is directly linked to improved physical and mental well-being.The recent global pandemic has served as a poignant reminder of the limitations of institutional care, further strengthening Kimberly’s resolve. Motivated by a profound desire to make a meaningful difference, she has taken the helm at Prestige Home Care. Here, Kimberly is dedicated to providing a level of care that goes beyond industry standards—a level of care she would wholeheartedly entrust to her own family.