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Northshore Northbrook, Lake Forest and Surrounding Areas

Care for Degenerative Disorders in Northshore

Degenerative disorders like Parkinson’s disease (PD) and multiple sclerosis (MS) that hit the neurological system can be debilitating. We specialize in supporting individuals throughout Northshore Chicago, Northbrook, Lake Forest and surrounding areas with care for degenerative disorders. What we found with individuals living with Parkinson’s and MS to be most successful is integrating exercise and a physical therapy protocol into their plan of care. What most neurologists recommend is a strengthening and exercising campaign. We had a client in Northbrook who struggled with Parkinson’s for over a decade. What we did with him was we worked with a physical therapist to develop a complex exercise and strengthening routine which he did twice a day, seven days a week. He held his disease at bay with this, but every year in winter, he would go, to Florida and we’d beg him to do his exercises while he was out of town. One year he came back and it was like he’d aged five years over a single winter and it took us 6 months with regular stretching and strengthening to get him back to almost where he was before he left. 

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.