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Crystal Lake McHenry, Lake, and Northwest Cook Counties

Care for Degenerative Disorders

At Crystal Lake home care, we understand that caregiving is also about receiving. A good example of this is how some of our clients who are living with a degenerative disorder have taught us so much about life. These people have been living with multiple sclerosis, arthritis, or another degenerative disorder for a long time and have shown us their true strengths with their new or current abilities.

Our caregivers do go through specialized training so that they know the correct signs and symptoms to be aware for different illnesses and conditions, but they also learn a lot by caring for someone. Caring for someone with a degenerative does take skill, but more importantly requires a willingness to listen and learn first.

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.