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Northampton Serving Hampshire County

Care for Degenerative Disorders

We have taken care of several clients living with multiple sclerosis in Northampton. One woman in particular was very alert and needed some help with showering and dressing. She was a very successful business woman, who had to change her lifestyle to accommodate her disease.

Our caregiver was there several days a week, providing personal care and homemaking.  In order to engage the client, our caregiver took her out for shopping expeditions, sometimes stopping at our office to say hello.  They would go out to lunch and to doctor’s appointments.  This allowed our client to be able to continue her social engagements, while providing the emotional stimuli that she needed at this time of her life. The bonding between caregiver and client was a wonderful experience for both of them, which makes providing care for degenerative disorders so meaningful.

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.