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Cedar Rapids Linn County and Surrounding Areas

Care for Degenerative Disorders

Unfortunately, many of us have never even heard the term, degenerative disorder, until a loved one has received a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), Lou Gehrig's disease (ALS), or arthritis and therefore we are not sure what type of care might be necessary. At Homewatch CareGivers  we train our caregiver employees in how to provide MS & ALS Home care and improve the quality of life for those living with one of these illnesses.

One of our clients is a 55-year old woman living with Parkinson's disease. Our caregivers spend the day with her, helping her with eating, while her husband is at work. Given her age, this woman does want to live in a nursing home and having trained caregivers come to the home allows her and her family to grant this wish.

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.