Conditions like arthritis, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, ALS, and other movement disorders add many challenges to daily activities. We gently assist home health care clients in moving safely to minimize stress and prevent falls.
Proper nutrition leads to better overall health, but making healthy meals is frustrating when you can’t count on your body to cooperate. We can assist clients who have mobility problems with the more difficult parts of meal preparation (like handling knives and opening jars or packages), or we can do it all: plan, shop, prepare, and package meals, as well as assist with feeding.
Keep the Home Safe and Clean
To reduce the risk of falling, we can make sure there are clear paths throughout the house and routinely pick up areas that tend to get cluttered. We also encourage clients with Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, or ALS to rely on us for basic housecleaning tasks: vacuuming and cleaning bathrooms are seemingly simple chores that often result in injuries for those with balance or mobility issues.
Help with Sleep Problems
Those with movement disorders often suffer from sleep disruptions or insomnia. We can help create environments and routines that promote sleep. Sleep also becomes easier when there is less anxiety throughout the day; we help ease this frustration through recreational activities like getting out into nature, reading, playing games, and watching movies together.
To help with walking and balance issues, we can assist ALS, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s patients at home with doctor-prescribed exercises to build muscle strength and improve flexibility. Clients are more motivated when they have moral support and kindness, so our caregivers are trained to stay positive and encouraging.
Arthritis is the most common cause of mobility problems in elderly people, as joints stiffen and become painful. Osteoarthritis is usually worse in the morning but can come and go with weather and other changes, making it difficult to plan daily activities. Our caregivers work with clients who have occasional or chronic pain by helping with tasks that are too difficult, keeping their spirits up, maintaining a healthy diet, and keeping them moving with activities like slow, low-impact walks.
Caring for Parkinson’s patients at home is challenging without help. As symptoms progress, uncontrollable movements, shaking, stiffness, and issues with balance and coordination make it more and more difficult to do routine activities. Our caregivers can help with tasks as needed, giving clients more responsibility on better days and taking over more of their needs on days when tremors are worse. Our Parkinson’s home care services often include help with food preparation (especially cutting and cooking) and personal care tasks like moving safely and skincare.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) can attack men and women at any age and can have long periods of remission. However, when relapses occur, weakness, numbness, and tremors can seriously impact daily activities. We support MS clients by stepping in when needed to help them with the activities they planned until they are in remission again. Our wide range of support, from personal care to food preparation, allows clients with multiple sclerosis to remain independent throughout their attacks.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also called Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive disease that causes a gradual loss of muscle control. In-home care for ALS patients is crucial because early twitching or cramping of muscles eventually becomes a loss of motor control in the arms and legs, making most personal care and home care tasks difficult or impossible without help. Tripping and falling are constant concerns, and many days are marked by persistent fatigue. ALS home care from Karma Care extends clients’ independence and quality of life. We provide care with compassion and dignity to bring peace and joy to every day.