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Birmingham and surrounding areas

Care for Degenerative Disorders

When a person in Birmingham needs care for a degenerative disorder, we understand that there can be changing requirements as the disease evolves. One of our clients was a man in his 80s who was living with ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease), which causes weakening of the muscles and affects a person’s ability to swallow, move, and even breathe. We were able to provide care to him for about eight months. Because some of his needs were beyond the scope of our services—he used a feeding tube, had a morphine pump—home care might not have been the obvious choice. And yet he also needed someone to help with “transfers” which is how we refer to helping someone move from the bed to a chair or something like that. Through a selective interviewing and training process, we were able to staff two caregivers who were capable of transferring him and adding to his quality of life. 

ALS or Lou Gehrig's Disease leads to muscle weakening and affects one’s ability to control voluntary movements of the muscles including those that control breathing. As a person progressively loses their ability to function independently, they will require additional care in the home. Our caregivers can assist with mobility and transfers, plan and prepare special diets to facilitate good nutrition, and offer emotional support allowing the client enough time to communicate, always being sensitive to the preservation of the client’s dignity.
Parkinson’s disease gradually affects the nervous system to the point where the affected person will need help with ambulation, daily chores, personal grooming, and more. Our caregivers have specialized training to help if your loved one experiences cognitive symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease. We are here to support the family caregivers who may not be able to manage all of the care for all Parkinson’s symptoms.
The symptoms of multiple sclerosis vary by individual, but as this unpredictable and disabling illness of the central nervous system advances it disrupts the flow of information between the brain and the body. While many people with MS experience a years-long remission of the disease, others may lose the ability to walk and require additional care for daily activities.
Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and other types of arthritis can be extremely painful and affect a person’s ability to take care of themselves. Homewatch CareGivers is here to provide in home care when you or a loved one experience a flare up of osteoarthritis symptoms or rheumatoid arthritis pain. Know when to ask for additional help so that you can continue to live a full and independent life.