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Fairfax Serving Falls Church, Arlington County and Alexandria

Care for Degenerative Disorders

Caring for individuals living with degenerative disorders such as multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s is becoming a significant part of what we do.

We have experience in caring for individuals dealing with MS at varying stages from those still using a walker, confined to a wheelchair to mainly being bedridden.  At Homewatch CareGivers of Fairfax and Falls Church, we understand that even though they have a degenerative disorder that limits their mobility, they still strive for the same things we all want, to lead as normal a life as possible and still do as much as they can for themselves. Our caregivers help by assisting with as little or as much care as their condition requires, and the amount of assistance may be different from day to day; as there are good and bad days with MS.  Some days may require less assistance than other days.  Whether it is assisting with bathing, grooming or driving them to an appointment or an outing just to get out of the house; our caregivers will take the lead from the client on how they want to be assisted, striving always to provide care that gives the individual dignity, respect and independence.

For those living with Parkinson’s often have other complications such as diabetics and strokes.  In those case we make sure our caregivers are trained and have experiences with dealing with these conditions.

Whatever degenerative condition an individual may have it is important to us that we create a care plan specific to the needs of the individual that not only includes personal care services and light housekeeping but, also whatever else the caregiver may do to help the client fulfill their own personal goals and desires.

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 independent living assistance. 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 services required 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 assisted living and additional home 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 of Fairfax is here to provide in home care and assistance in independent living 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.